Bernie Sanders finally learns the cost of socialism – And now he's paying the price

  
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Bernie Sanders finally learns the cost of socialism – And now he's paying the price
Bernie Sanders to pay staffers $15 an hour but has to cut their hours to do it

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It is a testament to   Sen. Bernie Sanders’s political impotence   that he managed to perdure nearly four decades in office before experiencing the costly consequences of his own inchoate ideology. But Bernie’s blissful ignorance faded in May when the campaign staffers who peddle his proposal for a $15 minimum wage asked the   socialist millionaire to put his money where his mouth is.

“Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour, we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team,” wrote the staffers to campaign manager Faiz Shakir. The Sanders campaign leadership disagreed and dismissed the staffers’ demands for three months, until last week when one disgruntled field worker leaked documents and details to the Washington Post in a last-ditch effort to shame the Sanders camp into paying staffers their fair share.

Democracy might die in darkness, but the Sanders campaign thrives in it, and the Senator himself rebuked his staff for taking their complaints to the press. “It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media,” he complained. "That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it's improper.” Staffers might ask Sanders to practice what he preaches in private, but how dare they expose his hypocrisy to reporters?

BERNIE SANDERS DEFENDS CAMPAIGN STAFF SALARIES AFTER ACCUSATIONS OF 'POVERTY WAGES'

The contract negotiations stalled because Sanders identified the central problem his policies pose: some jobs simply aren’t worth $15 per hour. Field organizers constitute the lowest-ranking staffers on any presidential campaign.

The job typically attracts activists in their late teens and early 20s, eager not for mere meager wages but for the networking, prestige, and practical experience associated with political campaigns. Many of a campaign’s most valuable members choose to forego pay altogether and join as volunteers, placing them officially just one rung below field organizers on the campaign hierarchy. They volunteer because association with a campaign can provide value in itself.

The writer H.L. Mencken described democracy as “the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” Cowed by exposure in the media, Sanders finally relented and agreed to give his staffers what they want.


The contract negotiations stalled because Sanders identified the central problem his policies pose: some jobs simply aren’t worth $15 per hour. Field organizers constitute the lowest-ranking staffers on any presidential campaign.

But nothing comes without a price, and as Sanders announced the new minimum wage for field organizers, he simultaneously cut to the total number of hours per week they can work. Not only will the organizers not earn more money, but they’ll also lose valuable face time with the candidate and his more senior staffers.

Workers in Seattle have learned the same hard lesson over the past few years as new minimum wage laws led to a surge in automation and cuts to low-wage employees’ hours. So much for Bernie’s workers’ paradise.

The Sanders campaign staffers have learned the hard way that arbitrary minimum wage hikes, like so many of Bernie’s fanciful plans, are often illusory. As the economist, Thomas Sowell observed, “The real minimum wage is always zero.” No worker is entitled to a job, and “making it illegal to pay less than a given amount does not make a worker’s productivity worth that amount.”

Still, not all is lost for Bernie’s hapless staffers. Though they offer little value in the productive economy, even bootless ideologues can aspire to riches. If they imitate their leader, the Sanders staffers might just make a mint over a 40-year career peddling economic fantasies to suckers.


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†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
1  seeder  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    5 months ago

You didn't really think the socialist was going to walk the walk, they never do. Surprisingly the entire 2020 field of crackpot moon-bats has expressed a desire to implement the $15 minimum wage as the law of the land.

Socialism isn't ever for the socialist though, he had to cut hours to make it work. A perfect example of what every employer would do in the situation if it became federal law. By cutting hours Bernie no longer has to provide benefits either. Of course he will say once Medicare for all is the law of the land employers won't have too but then again they will also be facing significantly higher taxes.

All in all the math just doesn't work out. 

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @1    5 months ago

A certain poetic justice there.

 
 
 
It Is ME
2  It Is ME    5 months ago

Life's a BITCH when the "Sugarplums" turn into "Poison Mushrooms" !

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
2.1  seeder  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  It Is ME @2    5 months ago

When you can't make it work in your campaign but you want to impose it on others, pure genius!

 
 
 
It Is ME
2.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @2.1    5 months ago

Rules are just helpful guidelines for stupid people who cant think, or won't DO, for themselves.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3  XDm9mm    5 months ago

Well now Berine....   when YOU have to pay for something instead of having others dig into their pockets to pay for something, you sure change your tune quickly.

Welcome to the real world Bernie, the world where YOUR words and actions actually have an effect, unlike the echo chamber called Congress.

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
4  Mark in Wyoming    5 months ago

i have been laughing about this all morning since it showed up in my news feed .  

Feel the BUUURRN!!!!!!!

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
5  seeder  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    5 months ago

This is the story of an elected bureaucrat who like many of the academic ideologues has never worked in the economy they claim to know how to improve.

If you have never had to manage expenses, employees, insurance, and advertising, you are of no use to the American worker. Trump wasn't the best choice but the CEO of the executive branch should be a former CEO with a track record that was successful.

Howard Schultz was one of these people and Democrats pushed him out. He would have been a great fit for the job. He is vastly more qualified than the current field.

No more politicians in the White House, it's a CEO job and we have many who are qualified.

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
6  seeder  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    5 months ago

Hmm, no defenders of the $15 minimum wage?

Innnnnnnnteresting!

 
 
 
Kavika
6.1  Kavika   replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @6    5 months ago

A couple of the tribes business has been using the $15 minimum wage for a few years...No problems and they are profitable. 

The corporation that I worked for before retirement paid well above a federal minimum wage at that time.

Our starting hourly wage for new/inexperienced employees was $11.00 hour with full benefits. The federal minimum wage at that time was $5.15. 

It all depends on the type and size of business and the industry standards in that field of work.

 
 
 
Ronin2
6.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Kavika @6.1    5 months ago
It all depends on the type and size of business and the industry standards in that field of work.

Absolutely true; which is the point. Not every job is worth $15/hour.

 
 
 
Transyferous Rex
6.1.2  Transyferous Rex  replied to  Ronin2 @6.1.1    5 months ago

You telling me that one size does, in fact, not fit all? 

 
 
 
Sunshine
7  Sunshine    5 months ago

Bernie would gladly give you the shirt off of someone else's back.

 
 
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