Senator Bernie Sanders is thinking out loud again, and exploring possible methods for convincing Congress to increase the minimum wage. Here’s one idea Sanders is considering:
I wonder how many members of Congress would vote to raise the minimum wage if they were forced to live on $7.25 an hour for a year.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 22, 2017
First of all, the obligatory “reality checks” that often must accompany Sanders’ ideas:
No one is forced to live on $7.25 an hour.
They are, however, forced to pay taxes on that $7.25 per hour… https://t.co/7romufBGkq
— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) February 22, 2017
No one is "forced to live" on $7.25/hr https://t.co/1QeF0wBPed
— The Real Bepo (D) (@TheRealBepo) February 22, 2017
No one forces anyone to work for $7.25/hr. https://t.co/H7zetBZkUa
— CommonSenser1 (@CommonSenser1) February 22, 2017
The idea that opposition to minimum wage hikes comes from being discompassionate is populist nonsense. https://t.co/68xZLPZyZD
— neontaster (@neontaster) February 22, 2017
— Restive Rabble (@RestiveRabble) February 22, 2017
They'd probably just leave Congress and enter private industry where their skills and aptitude allow them to earn far above minimum wage. https://t.co/W4df8xgehD
— Chris Stamper (@CStamper_) February 22, 2017
You first… https://t.co/EeOrwxNEfU
— Ryan Daniel Ness (@hvness) February 22, 2017
And you just knew Bernie’s tweet was going to awaken the elephant in the room:
I wonder how many senators would get real jobs if they were forced to live in apartments and not in THREE FREAKING HOUSES!! https://t.co/zpKfqhlYMk
— Heimish Conservative (@HeimishCon) February 22, 2017
Let's start with forcing them to live in only one glass house, first. https://t.co/H3OUXVjhN9
— PollySpin (@PollySpin) February 22, 2017
.@SenSanders I agree a lot of them, including you, should not be getting paid enough for a 3rd house while pretending to care for the poor.
— Mujahed Kobbe (@Moj_kobe) February 22, 2017
— Michael Podwill (@MichaelPodwill) February 22, 2017
@SenSanders I wonder how you would vote if the government decided to take away your 3 houses
— Josh Mocek ?? (@J_Mocek) February 22, 2017
Maybe Sanders didn’t think that one all the way through.