$15 minimum wage or bust
And bust it is! The Epoch Times brings us the story of Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) who said Sunday that, while he’s “all for” small businesses, those that can’t afford to pay their employees $15 an hour are essentially undesirable.
Khanna made the remarks in an interview on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” in response to a question about how hard it might be for many small businesses to afford increased labor costs, if the federal minimum wage is raised to $15 an hour.
“Businesses like Amazon and McDonald’s, for example, can and perhaps should, pay more, but I’m wondering, what is your plan for smaller businesses?” CNN’s Abby Phillip asked. “How does this, in your view, affect mom and pop businesses who are just struggling to keep their doors open, keep workers on the payroll right now?”
“Well, they shouldn’t be doing it by paying people low wages,” Khanna replied. “We don’t want low-wage businesses. Most successful small businesses can pay a fair wage.”
“I love small businesses, I’m all for it, but I don’t want small businesses that are underpaying employees,” Khanna continued. “It’s fair for people to be making what they’re producing. I think $15 is very reasonable in this country.”
One might be excused for thinking that this is merely the cognitive flatulence of modern Marxist Democrat thinking, or what passes for thinking among those who know oh, so much better than we what’s good for us. Actually, however, it is the continued assault on and mass murder of small business, the economic backbone of America. This is “equity” in today’s America, reducing the proletariat to beggary, while the vanguard of the proletariat vote themselves another pay raise for a job well done. That job, there can be no doubt of it, is to reduce the Deplorables® from destitution to despair to death.