Democrats in Congress haven’t even found a way to pass their $15 federal minimum wage yet, and already some lawmakers are saying that it should only be the beginning of providing money to low-income Americans. In an interview with MSNBC on Saturday, Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) said that while she supports the push to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, that won’t be enough to help all of her constituents.
“I do believe that the cost of living here in Selma, Alabama is different than the cost of living in New York City. But having said that, I think that the fact that we are gradually increasing it to $15 an hour will help a lot of my small businesses,” said Sewell. “When I think about my small businesses, my minority and women-owned businesses, they are struggling. But they, too, want to provide their employees with a livable wage.
“And so, I think that we will fight to make sure that we do increase the federal minimum wage,” she continued. “$15 an hour still is — will leave a lot of my constituents behind. And so, I think that we have to do our very best to be able to compromise and to work together to make sure that all Americans have enough money in their pockets to be able to provide for themselves and their families.”
We’re not exactly sure what Sewell was getting at. At first blush, we thought she was talking about her non-working constituents, who obviously wouldn’t benefit from a hike in the minimum wage. But in context, she might be referring to business owners upon whom this wage hike will fall. And if THAT’S what she’s referring to, then, well, join the crowd! Congratulations on recognizing the big problem with this intervention. But if your “solution” is to somehow fund these business owners with even MORE government money, then why not just cut out the middle man, send everyone home, and pump out a monthly check to all Americans?
We’re not sure who is actually going to pay for all of this free money, seeing as how no one will be working, but hey, Democrats aren’t afraid of magical thinking.