Congressman Bill Young Doesn't Care About Wage Inequality Even a Little Bit
You may be under the impression that our congressmen disagree with one another because they've reviewed the evidence about a given topic, searched themselves for the right thing to do, and simply come to different conclusions.
A video posted earlier this week, however, shows something different: Sometimes, congressmen are opposed to things because they simply don't give a shit.
Below, you'll find a video of a man asking Florida Rep. Bill Young, a Republican whom we pay $174,000 a year to not give a shit, about his opinions on raising the federal minimum wage to $10 an hour. It's an important question, considering how hourly wage inequality has increased by 40 percent since 1973 and because the average income of the top 1 percent has climbed by leaps and bounds while everyone else has pretty much stayed the same for 30 years and how the top 20 percent of earners have been taking a larger and larger share of income every year, and...
Well, you get the idea. For all the Republican talk of making those rotten poor people earn their keep, they've done nothing to actually make the system equitable or make sure people get a fair deal, even as productivity (and the cost of living) goes up far faster than the minimum wage. When Young was first elected to office 52 years ago, wages actually had some buying power, and Clueless Bill is holding firm to that story.
The Party of Jobs, you see, is also the Party of Wealthy Businessmen, so when someone asks a Republican like Bill Young about whether he would support raising the minimum wage to $10, there's only one dismissive, nonsensical way to respond:
"Get a job."
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