Trump: Your Wages Are Too High!


Last night’s Tea-GOP presidential debate was a miserable slog through two hours of lies, myths, and disinformation. I gave up after the first hour. But Donald Trump set the tone right away with the very first question from Neil Cavuto. And the Wisconsin audience must have been composed almost entirely of millionaires, because they applauded for every one of the deeply unpopular proposals coming from the eight candidates.

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…And so we begin. Candidates, as we gather tonight in this very august theater, just outside and across the country, picketers are gathering as well. They’re demanding an immediate hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Just a few hours ago, near Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed doing the same for all state workers, the first governor to do so.

Mr. Trump, as the leading presidential candidate on this stage and one whose tax plan exempts couples making up to $50,000 a year from paying any federal income taxes at all, are you sympathetic to the protesters cause since a $15 wage works out to about $31,000 a year?


I can’t be Neil. And the and the reason I can’t be is that we are a country that is being beaten on every front economically, militarily. There is nothing that we do now to win. We don’t win anymore. Our taxes are too high. I’ve come up with a tax plan that many, many people like very much. It’s going to be a tremendous plan. I think it’ll make our country and our economy very dynamic.

But, taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to go out, they have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratum. But we can not do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can’t do it.


So do not raise the minimum wage?


I would not do it.


We all laughed when John Ellis (“Jeb!”) Bush told Americans to forget about a raise, just “work longer hours.” Last night, Trump said roughly the same thing.

Americans work an average of 47 hours a week. Our wages have stagnated since 1979. None of the Tea-GOPers on stage last night offered any help at all for the struggling middle class or entry-level workers. Nor did they address the injustice of the low-wage business model, which forces taxpayers to subsidize some of the nation’s most profitable corporations when their employees are not paid a living wage.

More info:
Unemployment keeps going down. So why aren’t wages going up?
Overworked America: 12 Charts That Will Make Your Blood Boil
Americans are spending $153 billion a year to subsidize McDonald’s and Wal-Mart’s low wage workers

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on November 11, 2015 - 12:21 pm

    153 billion a year. That’s quite a figure. Henry Ford gave his employees high enough wages to buy a car, but McDonald’s doesn’t want worker to earn enough to buy a hamburger. That’s why they panicked and started selling breakfast all day. Might be best to start thinking about a $.50 menu too.

    Apparently, people are making food at home now. I am, and I can make a much better sandwich too.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on November 17, 2015 - 11:17 am

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on December 28, 2015 - 1:14 pm

    Donald Trump changes his tune on wages after being blasted by Bernie Sanders

    “Wages in are [sic] country are too low, good jobs are too few, and people have lost faith in our leaders. We need smart and strong leadership now!” Trump tweeted on Monday.

    The opinion appeared to reverse what the Republican frontrunner said in November during the fourth Republican debate…

    • #4 by Larry Bergan on December 28, 2015 - 3:07 pm

      They had a story about Sanders and Christie in Iowa this morning on NPR. Of course the Sanders part made hay of the “fact” that Sanders is really going to have to work to beat Hillary. This is in spite of the fact that polls have shown Sanders winning Trump by more then Hillary.

  4. #5 by Richard Warnick on December 28, 2015 - 7:18 pm

    I cannot imagine Trump supporters ever deciding to vote for Hillary, the Wall Street candidate. OTOH if Trump has to face Bernie in the general he will have to move way left to have a chance.

  5. #6 by Larry Bergan on December 28, 2015 - 7:57 pm

    Enough with the theory that we need Hillary to beat Trump. This poll is from five days ago.

    With voters favoring Sanders over Trump 51 to 38 percent, Sanders would win the general election by 13 points—more than any other candidate would get squaring off with the Republican favorite, including Sanders’ chief rival for the Democratic nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Indeed, while Clinton would likewise sail to victory over Trump, her lead would be approximately half as much, with voters favoring her 47 to 40 percent.

    The Quinnipiac University National Poll.

  6. #7 by Richard Warnick on January 4, 2016 - 4:58 pm

    Politifact: Donald Trump’s first TV ad shows migrants ‘at the southern border,’ but they’re actually in Morocco

    About halfway through the ad, a narrator says of Trump, “He’ll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for.” Video footage shows dozens of people streaming across the border, as if they were ants fleeing an anthill.

    The clear suggestion is that the footage is of the “southern border” between the United States and Mexico. But it’s not — it’s 5,000 miles away, in a small Spanish enclave on the mainland of Morocco.

    PolitiFact was able to trace the footage back to the Italian television network RepubblicaTV. On May 3, 2014, the network posted footage of Moroccans crossing the border into Melilla, one of two enclaves on the Moroccan coast that are held by Spain. Migrants who cross the border there are essentially entering territory held by a European Union nation, even though they are still on the African continent.

    Trump’s campaign manager now says that the video was intended to suggest what our border with Mexico “is going to look like” (presumably without the Great Wall of Trump).

  7. #8 by Richard Warnick on January 5, 2016 - 4:42 pm

    Hunter on DKos:

    It’s not like the average Trump supporter could find Morocco on a map, after all.

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