Senator Ron Johnson Thinks Wages Are Too High.
Lawmakers continue to show us how out of touch they are.
While there are a number of things regarding the Biden administration that have left me frustrated, perhaps what bothered me most was the administration’s decision to ultimately abandon the $15 minimum wage. While some have attempted to defend him and insist that he really does want a desperately needed $15 minimum wage, there’s certainly reason to be skeptical considering the two senators from his own state voted against it. Given that reality, one either has to come to the conclusion that he doesn’t want it, or he simply does not care. Nevertheless, comments coming from GOP lawmakers concerning American wages have been arguably even worse than one would expect.
While Democrats like Biden don’t seem to really care about a $15 minimum wage, GOP Senator Ron Johnson is arguing that wages are too high. An article by Peter Wade in Rolling Stone details an interview with Ron Johnson, who raised concerns that the wages rising “too quickly” is going to lead to inflation. Interesting, considering Senator didn’t have a word to say about inflation when the federal reserve was simply printing money to hand over to the banks at the height of the pandemic.
I would love to see Republican lawmakers say this to our faces.
I would love to see Ron Johnson, whose salary is paid by the taxpayer he is supposedly there to represent, look a mother in the eye who cannot work because she is unable to afford childcare, and tell her that “the markets have spoken”. Unfortunately of course, he wouldn’t have the courage.
It’s also worth noting that as of 2019, Johnson was apparently worth at least $10 million dollars. A multi-millionaire, without the slightest bit of hesitancy or reflection, is telling the lowest income workers in the country, who haven’t had a raise in twelve years, that he thinks wages are rising too quickly.
Johnson’s words, if nothing else, are revealing. It tells us exactly how he views the country’s poor. What other conclusions are we to draw from his comments, other than he feels a corporations bottom lines are more important than the dignity of a living wage?