In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this Tuesday, Tea Party darling Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin neatly evaded answering a question about his position on the minimum wage. When Daniel Bice, a columnist, for the paper asked if Walker opposed the idea, Walker talked at length about creating good paying jobs but said very little about the minimum wage.
Bice noted that in a debate with his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, the governor had made a remark suggesting that he was not a fan of the minimum wage.
“What is your position on the minimum wage?” Bice asked.
“Well, I’m not going to repeal it,” Walker replied, “but I don’t think it serves a purpose because we’re debating then about what the lowest levels are at. I want people to make, like I said the other night, two or three times that.”
He went on to say that there is no shortage of jobs but there is a shortage of workers with the skills to do the jobs that are available, adding that government would best serve the people if it focused on training those “unskilled” workers for better paying jobs.
Walker fell back on the familiar argument that those low paying service sector jobs are not meant to support a family, suggesting that those who are struggling to get by with two or three of these low-paying jobs are there because they lack the skills necessary for the good paying manufacturing jobs.
Walker touted three examples of companies which have added jobs — with his help — to their communities. Jobs which pay between $18 and $32 an hour as an example of how much better his way was than by setting what the lowest pay level should be.
Coming from a union buster like Walker, it is no surprise that he doesn’t have any compassion for the working poor, he sees them as having flawed characters because if the didn’t they would have better paying jobs.
Watch the interview in the video below from the Journal Sentinel.