2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that the minimum wage when she was a kid could support a family of 3:
Back when I was a kid, a minimum-wage job could support a family of three. Today, a full-time minimum-wage job in America won’t keep a mama and a baby out of poverty. Our movement is about making real, fundamental change to fix this.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 16, 2019
Warren was born in 1949, so we’re talking about the 1950s when the minimum wage was $1 an hour:
$1.00 an hour supported a family of three in the 1950s? pic.twitter.com/1e9F8xkcmr
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) February 16, 2019
And her comes the POUNCING!
I had to look up the minimum wage for all of the years that she could call herself "a kid". I can't imagine how (even back then) $40 a week could support a family of 3.
So I checked with my mom, who was born in '32. She says it wouldn't.
— Sean The Producer (@SeanTheProducr) February 17, 2019
Yeah 1950s Oklahoma was just awash in wealth. Life was so much better then. Make America 1950s Oklahoma Again! https://t.co/waMbkf6nnq
— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) February 17, 2019
When I was a kid my single mom’s minimum wage job couldn’t support us so she got a second job — and worked hard to move up the ladder and provide for me. Now she’s a successful accountant and a self-made woman. This isn’t the govt’s problem to “fix.” https://t.co/HOKL81GHPo
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 17, 2019
This is most certainly not true. I made $3.35 an hour, which was minimum wage in the early eighties. I could never have supported myself, let alone a family. Perhaps you meant to say this differently? https://t.co/8K2CaWBwlA
— Bill Rehkopf (@BillRehkopf) February 17, 2019
Back when you were a kid, the minimum wage had the same purchasing power as $11 an hour has today. It was never enough to support a family of three.
By the way, the poverty rate in 1964, when you were 15, was 19%. In 2017 it was 12.3%. https://t.co/TEgRT4Ho9k
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) February 17, 2019
Back when you were a kid in OK, the fed. minimum wage was around $1. I doubt anyone was supporting a family of three. And no one is supporting a family of three on the real minimum wage, which is $0. https://t.co/JnkqetgiXR
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) February 16, 2019
The minimum wage in 1960 was $1.00/hr. Adjusted for inflation, that is $8.57. Assume 40 hours a week for 52 weeks, and you get $17,825 pre-tax. Federal poverty line for 3 person households is $21,330. Add in EITC, SNAP, Section 8, etc and you're more than there. https://t.co/n4uEDxEjvV
— Nick Gillespie (@nickgillespie) February 17, 2019
this must have been a long time ago in a galaxy far far away https://t.co/YDAy1j46oD
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) February 16, 2019
Heap big BURN! Guy Benson shutting Elizabeth Warren down on ‘stolen races’ with just 1 WORD is a thing of beauty https://t.co/nGW731fc6r
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 17, 2019
Elizabeth Warren not sure Dems’ 2020 opponent will be Trump (guess why); Others pretty sure who Trump’s opponent WON’T be https://t.co/y8TesZMayI
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 11, 2019
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— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 10, 2019