Bill Maher is fed up with helping large companies pay their workers. Maher tackles the Right’s dispassionate arguments on why the working class must continue to be repressed:
When it comes to raising the minimum wage, Conservatives always say it’s a nonstarter because it cuts into profits. Well yeah–of course. Paying workers is one of those unfortunate expenses of running a business. You know–like taxes, or making a product. If you want to get rich with a tax-free enterprise that sells nothing, start a church!
Bill adds that while one might assume that the idea of paying workers a liveable wage is so self-evident that even a complete imbecile could understand it, but here comes Bachmann! Michelle Bachmann, of course, wants to eliminate the minimum wage entirely– allowing us to “offer jobs at whatever level” to eliminate unemployment. “Put that in your brain and smoke it,” quips Maher, “You could hire everyone if you didn’t have to pay them!” Maher follows up by pointing out that Ted Cruz thinks it’s a good thing that when his father came to America, he was paid 50 cents an hour as a dishwasher.
Maher wonders when America reached the point that the American worker is so undervalued that corporations feel it is acceptable to pay such abysmal wages:
“When did the American Dream become this pathway to indentured servitude, this economic death spiral where workers get paid next to nothing, so they can only afford to buy next to nothing, so businesses are forced to sell cheaper and cheaper shit? Wal-Mart employees can only afford to shop at Wal-Mart. McDonalds workers can only afford to eat at McDonalds, and Hooters waitresses have to wear shirts they grew out of years ago!”
Maher points out that when a worker can not make enough to live he takes money from the government in the form of all of the safety net programs that right wingers love to hate, while they fail to consider that if we simply forced companies to pay workers enough to live, reliance on those programs would diminish.
“This is the question that the Right has to answer: do you want smaller government with less handouts, or do you want a low minimum wage…because you can’t have both.”
As Elizabeth Warren stressed, the minimum wage would be at $22 an hour if it had kept up with productivity. Essentially, that is $14 an hour on which the American workers are losing out.
Watch Bill Tackle the issue head-on: