Forgive me for laughing when I read this story, because I certainly don’t mean to make light of the financial difficulties of the poor campaign workers in Iowa who are putting in 60 hours a week or more at an average of just $13 an hour to help elect socialist Bernie Sanders President.
The champion of unions Sanders (who somehow became a multimillionaire while in “public service,” as do all successful socialist politicians) griped about it being “improper” for his workers to talk to the media about their “poverty wages.” Imagine airing their grievances as if it were Festivus or they had free speech rights or something.
The excuse for the low pay was that if they were paid more than $42,000 a year, they would have to start covering some of their own health care costs. So the campaign came up with a brilliant solution that didn’t involve giving the workers a raise to $15 an hour, which Sanders thinks should be the mandatory minimum wage for everyone else. Here it is:
They’re going to raise their average hourly wage up to the $15 level by slashing their work hours.
Okay, I know you probably just think this is a minor story of schadenfreude (it means delighting in the bad breaks of others), worth a few cheap laughs. But I think it just might be the most important news of the day. And I don’t just say that because so much of today's news is hyped-up nonsense and not real news -- like serious reports that a freshman Congresswoman with a 33% approval rating thinks she’s running the whole Congress and is demanding that we abolish the Department of Homeland Security (sorry, I don’t accept the premise that if I crack up laughing at that, it means I’m a racist.) Just for the record, the immigration enforcement agency ICE, which is part of the DHS and which she also wants to abolish, has a higher approval rating than she does:
I think that this weekend needs to be marked down in history as a major turning point. Bernie Sanders, the driving force behind so many young Americans being deluded by the absurd lies and failed nostrums of socialism, has finally, after 77 years on Earth, been smacked upside the head by reality and learned lesson #1 of Economics 101, a basic truism known to every small business person ever:
"If you are forced to pay your workers more per hour than you can afford, then you either have to cut their hours or go bankrupt."
Let’s all hope and pray that this is the revelatory moment at which the blinders drop from Bernie Sanders’ eyes and he (and all his dewy-eyed young Bernie Bros) finally realize just how full of manure Bernie Sanders is.