Rep. Luis Gutierrez recently praised a group of Las Vegas-area restaurants for increasing their employees’ minimum wage to $15 per hour, then stating that figure is only the beginning — he wants a $30 per hour minimum wage.
“We’re working to champion the cause of people – and I’m so excited you guys increased the minimum wage at Taco el Gordo, right?” the Illinois Democrat told the group.
“$15 an hour, I like that, that’s good. That’s good stuff, you know, so tomorrow I say –hey wait a minute, it should be $30 an hour – are you all going to vote for me?”
“You say, ‘c’mon Gutierrez ain’t nobody’ – but that’s my point,” he said. “I mean you could take this to a point in which you go ‘really? – but we can’t do it.’ Should it be a goal? Oh, man, I am for that goal. I’m for a goal that everybody gets health care. I’m for a goal that everybody gets to go to college regardless of their income. And Latinos more than anyone else know that.”
Folks on social media thought his statement was a case of unabashed pandering coupled with a total ignorance of basic economic theory.
@cnsnews Hey, I want a $1,000 min wage with paid time off for anything I want. Oh, and a free pony.
— Eleanor Roosevelt (@doggrandma) February 15, 2016
@cnsnews This Gutierrez nut is set on destroying the US. And, you know he wants this $30 per hr Minimum Wage mainly for illegal aliens.
— World Traveler (@EnkiSpeaking) February 15, 2016
@cnsnews Yea, everyone seems in favor of bringing the economy to its knees because that’s what $30 min wage will do.
— Rasmussen News (@RasmussenNews) February 15, 2016
@cnsnews Can we kindly ask him to move to Europe where socialism already runs rampant? Or Russia?
— Susan Summa (@SusanSumma) February 15, 2016
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H/T: CNS News
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