Bernie Sanders, self described Democratic Socialist, might just be more of a Capitalist than he would care to admit.
The Washington Post was the first to break the story that members of the presidential candidate’s campaign were demanding a “fair” $15 per hour salary to make ends meet.
The irony was not lost on many who noted that a federally mandated $15 minimum wage was one of the cornerstones of the Sanders campaign.
How could a presidential candidate hope to criticize corporations like Walmart and McDonald’s for not paying their entry-level workers $15 per hour when he himself is paying his workers less than that?
The campaign released a statement that read, in part,
“We know our campaign offers wages and benefits competitive with other campaigns, as is shown by the latest fundraising reports.”
What’s interesting about this statement is that the campaign is talking about competition, a capitalist concept, whereas democratic socialism would simply be about mandating an arbitrary wage whether the business entity could afford it or not. It would seem that the Sanders campaign is relying on the ideas of free-market capitalism when they should be pushing their own candidate’s democratic socialism.
In any event, Sanders has responded to the labor dispute by cutting the hours of his campaign workers to ensure they hit their $15 per hour salary.
As has been pointed out time and time again, when you mandate that employees be paid more, companies will either cut back on the number of hours worked, the number of employees working, or will raise the price of goods and services.
As Bernie Sanders is his campaign’s “product,” the ability to raise prices on goods and services is not an option.
The campaign is left with either cutting employees hours or eliminating employees from the work force. The campaign seems to have gone with the first option.
Again, the Sanders campaign has gone with a free-market capitalist concept of supply and demand over the democratic socialist idea of mandating that something be done whether or not the business can afford it.
It’s hard to say whether or not the irony was realized by Bernie Sanders himself, but he did go on to criticize his workers for speaking to the press about the “unfair” wages.
“It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media.”
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