Louie Gohmert was questioned about abolishing the minimum wage and stated that it’s “irrelevant” to income inequality. Gohmert states that having a set minimum wage is acceptable, but people should be paid according to the “value” they bring to the business.
[box type =”shadow”]“I don’t have a problem if you want to have some low minimum wage, but it’s really not necessary in a true free market because people are going to be paid according to the value that they bring to the business…”[/box]
Gohmert seems to be saying that minimum wage dictates how many people can work in a business because, if it is raised, many people will lose their jobs and a lot of “young people” won’t be hired due to lack of experience.
Perhaps Gohmert misunderstood the question, but how does he come to the conclusion that raising the minimum wage would deter potential employees? In actuality, increasing the minimum wage would keep low-income families from falling below the poverty line by ensuring that anyone living in America with a job is able to survive.
Gohmert is concerned about putting people out of work, yet never mentions the fact that the people working minimum wage jobs are barely able to feed themselves. By saying “if you don’t work, you don’t eat,” he is not only refuting his entire argument, but also ignoring the fact that people who do work are still unable to eat.
Watch Gohmert’s remarks in the video below.