A new poll released Tuesday found that a large majority of Republicans believe they can’t live off of the current federal minimum wage. Public Policy Polling revealed that 69% of Republicans surveyed believed that the minimum wage is too low to live on. That’s compared to 80% of Democrats and 75% of voters overall who believe they couldn’t live on it.
However, only 37% of Republicans support actually raising it, compared with 74% of Democrats.
These Republicans might listen to Fox News too much, along with TEApublican morons in Congress and their state legislatures that say raising the minimum wage will destroy jobs. They’re listening to the wrong information though.
Thus far, the states that have raised their minimum wages recently are actually seeing above-average job growth, which belies the idea that the cost of labor is only a market cost, and business will turn tail and run (or just refuse to hire) if labor begins to cost too much.
Republicans have blocked bills in Congress that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, with only one Republican in the Senate voting in favor of proceeding, according to the Washington Post.
The problem is that Congressional Republicans have a bad habit of wanting everything for free, including free labor for their wealthy friends. They want to cut the social safety net that people earning minimum wage need so they can get by, but they don’t want to raise the minimum wage either.
None of these people are taking the minimum wage challenge this week, of course, so they’ll remain completely oblivious to the utter hell that trying to survive on a mere $77 per week can be. Those who are taking the challenge won’t get the full experience either, but they’ll get a taste. Republicans? They’re above all that.
This poll is very telling, and it’s very sad. Many of these people are probably the same people who aren’t okay with subsidizing the workers of highly profitable companies in the form of the social safety net (which really amounts to subsidizing highly profitable companies who won’t pay their workers enough to live on).
However, they don’t want to do anything that will help these people. Their belief is that the poor are poor only by choice, and that it’s only a matter of getting off their lazy duffs to get out of the poorhouse.
For Republican voters to claim that they don’t think they could live on the minimum wage, and then refuse to support raising it is basically saying that poor people deserve to be poor, but they don’t. And that’s what they have all wrong about income inequality in America.
h/t: The Huffington Post