Speaking at San Francisco’s Reboot conference Saturday, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) mocked President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for wanting their daughters to have minimum wage jobs, telling the crowd that he wanted the “opposite” for his own sons.
Paul, who is may be courting the Silicon Valley reactionaries for their support in a potential presidential run, said minimum wage is temporary and that “it’s a chance to get started.” He also implied that people working at minimum wage levels “stop there” on purpose because they don’t understand “the value of work:”
“The minimum wage is a temporary [thing]. It’s a chance to get started. I see my son come home with his tips. And he’s got cash in his hand and he’s proud of himself. I don’t want him to stop there. But he’s working and he’s understanding the value of work. We shouldn’t disparage that.”
Rand is clearly removed from the realities of the average minimum wage worker if he thinks that they “stop there.”
Paul’s remarks are a response to an interview that the Obamas gave to Parade Magazine in June. During the interview, first lady, Michelle Obama, described her and her husband’s experiences with minimum wage work and said that “I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do real hard work.”
The President added that: “We are looking for opportunities for them to feel as if going to work and getting a paycheck is not always fun, not always stimulating, not always fair. But that’s what most folks go through every single day.”
Paul has been racking up the frequent flier miles between Kentucky and Silicon Valley in recent months, and has been knocking he president as unfriendly to the tech community. He also questioned the logic of the Bay Area residents voting Democrat, telling the crowd at the Reboot conferences that:
“I come out here and people say, ‘We loved President Obama, you know. We’re all for President Obama. We’re from the tech community. Why? Why would you be? He’s not for innovation. He’s not for freedom. He’s for the protectionism crowd. You know he’s for the crowd that would limit the activities of these companies.”
I’m not saying anything definitive Rand, but it could possible — just possibly — be because the party you stand with is slightly more theocratic than Afghanistan under the Taliban.
Paul also urged the tech companies to take a stand against the NSA, warning that “If someday the public thinks that Gmail equals government mail, and you’re not being protected, the backlash will not only be against government – it will be against private entities.”
Rand’s apparently gearing up for a run at President; if Rand runs for president, it’ll be interesting to see what that does to the Republican base. Rand will almost certainly be urged to run as a Libertarian if/when he loses, meaning that the Ron Paul cultists will be quickly pick up their banners and standards, blow the trumpets, and level their lances for a new round in the GOP civil war.
h/f Huffington Post