Here’s the thing: Jobs numbers mean dick when those jobs provide too little pay. That’s what presidential candidate Jeb Bush conveniently overlooked in his comment Wednesday, during his interview on Periscope. Instead, he opted to simply tell America’s workers and unemployed, while commenting to New Hampshire’s The Union Leader, “people should work longer hours” to stimulate the economy.
That “solution” makes incredible sense… if one is of the utmost opinion wages are entirely fair to workers, currently, and in no way, shape or form need to be raised. Hell, why not lower workers’ pay? Just imagine the hours they’d have to work to live, eat and “stimulate the economy” then!
Naturally, Bush is taking heat for such an absurd comment, from both the left as well as from his fellow Republican presidential nominees. Since the coals took a bright orange and started flirting with fire (after all, comments as classist as this are what ruined Romney’s 2012 campaign), Bush has started backpeddling clarifying his comment, stating that he was referring to part-time workers and the underemployed.
Responding to a question regarding his plans for tax reform, Bush said:
My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours” and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.
Oooooor, you could simply pay people an honest wage so they don’t have to have four to six jobs per two-parent household.
But of course, Bush and his fellow elites want the American people to pay for revitalizing the economy he and his cronies destroyed with their global snatch and grabs. That other way, the “job creators” would be paying through higher wages. They can’t have that now, can they?
And since the American people, if not the rest of the globe, is so economically tapped already, well they’ll just take it out of our hides through hard work and heavy production so they can sell those goods elsewhere and make money hand over fist while we continue working 50 hours a week and collecting assistance because the pay is too paltry to live on.
So far, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has issued a statement in response to Bush’s head-in-ass comment, saying his comments are “easily one of the most out-of-touch comments we’ve heard so far this cycle.” Right? Because politicians can say some stupid shit on the regular for some odd reason. But Bush’s takes the cake this election cycle… so far.
The DNC added the obvious addendum, as well, pointing out that Bush would not be an ideal candidate for growing the middle class.
In response, a Bush aide issued a statement of which included:
Under President Obama, we have the lowest workforce participation rate since 1977, and too many Americans are falling behind. Only Washington Democrats could be out-of-touch enough to criticize giving more Americans the ability to work, earn a paycheck, and make ends meet.
On the same subject, Bush stated at the Detroit Economic Council last February:
For several years now, they have been recklessly degrading the value of work, the incentive to work, and the rewards of work. We have seen them cut the definition of a full-time job from 40 to 30 hours, slashing the ability of paycheck earners to make ends meet. We have seen them create welfare programs and tax rules that punish people with lost benefits and higher taxes for moving up those first few rungs of the economic ladder.
Again — arguments that only make sense when the wage remains too low for workers, rather than the hours being too few, which is far less the case.
But just how hard are Americans working already, beyond the reputation of being one of, if not the only wealthy, developed country that works its employees quite so hard? Well, according to a 2014 Gallup poll, many Americans were already found to be full-time employees, with 4 in 10 pushing 50 or more hours a week. That’s right; according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in fact, Americans do work longer hours than every other industrialized nation.
Still, Bush wants you to work harder.
Work three jobs already? Try five if that’s not cutting it. Hell, cut out sleep entirely and work six part-time jobs. Forget life or your kids. Work six part-time jobs at four hours a pop, 24/7, if you have to.
Still can’t make ends meet?
Work harder. Spend less during all that shopping time you have. Try selling what little you do have that isn’t broken down from lack of money to repair, or lack of time to use it.
Still not enough, let’s see if we can get those minors some jobs, too. Remember that politician who wanted to make kids work for their school lunches and other forms of assistance? Boy, he sure had something there, didn’t he? Every other country in the world must be in terrible shape having all those workers working so few hours at all those higher wages.
But still, Bush claims he was talking to and about those 6.5 million folks who can’t find anything better than part-time menial labor (according to the Bureau of Labor).
Still, everyone’s lining up to take their turns poking Bush with a stick for his idiocy. Clinton, and even the Ted Cruz campaign took a shot at Bush, with Cruz’s national spokesperson, Rick Tyler, saying in statement:
“It would seem to me that Gov. Bush would want to avoid the kind of comments that led voters to believe that Governor Romney was out of touch with the economic struggles many Americans are facing. The problem is not that Americans aren’t working hard enough. It is that the Washington cartel of career politicians, special interests and lobbyists have rigged the game against them.”
Right… That’s Ted Cruz for you, isn’t it? Pointing out how the game is rigged so as to appear a populist, all while rigging the game just like the rest of them.
Here, in this case, Bush got caught showing his true colors, just like Romney last cycle, and already, you can hear the alarm bells ringing for a candidacy that is beginning to burn itself to the ground.
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