Jeb Bush is a multi-millionaire who has served on the boards of several powerful corporations. The New York Times estimated he earned as much as $50,000 for a single speaking engagement after he left office along with $3.2 million from those corporate positions.
Sounds like the kind of guy whose interest lies with the average American minimum wage worker, doesn’t he?
At an event in South Carolina on Tuesday, Bush was asked if he supported the federal minimum wage or if he thought it should be left up to private companies to decide. He answered:
We need to leave it to the private sector. I think state minimum wages are fine. The federal government shouldn’t be doing this. The federal government doing this will make it harder and harder for the first rung of the ladder to be reached, particularly for young people, particularly for people who have less education.
Jeb doesn’t seem to understand that corporate America would pay 11 cents an hour if given the chance, poverty-stricken red states would eliminate minimum wages altogether, and that tax revenues and the economy nationwide would go into another Republican-induced tailspin.
He also doesn’t seem to quite understand how ladders work. The first rung is all the way on the bottom.