Al Sharpton invited Bernie Sanders to PoliticsNation to discuss raising the minimum wage and some of the myths that conservatives have been spouting. Though the Right may argue otherwise, at this point there really doesn’t seem to be any good reason not to raise it.
One of the biggest myths being thrown about is that raising the minimum wage will hurt job growth. Sanders and his home state of Vermont debunk that rumor. Vermont recently raised it’s minimum wage to $8.73 and are planning to raise it further over the next four years. Against all claims of the GOP and their corporate backers, Vermont also has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country.
As Sanders explains, a higher minimum wage means more money going to lower and middle class Americans, who are much more likely to circulate the money they have. This regular spending and increased money in play means a stronger economy and therefore more jobs available.
Sharpton also discusses that states who have raised their minimum wage have shown more job growth on average than those who didn’t. So there seems to be a pretty clear link between a minimum wage increase and a reduction in unemployment.
Unfortunately Congress, especially on the Right, is more concerned with fighting for those that are able to donate large amounts to their campaigns. Low-income workers obviously have less money to contribute to politics but sadly are also much less likely to vote. Though there are groups like the Mayday and Wolf PACs working to reduce the influence of money and corporations in politics, what it really gets down to is people getting out and voting. We already have the numbers, we just need to use them.
Watch Sharpton and Sanders’ full interview below: