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How Bernie’s Like Trump

Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, minimum wage, jobs, anchor, bait and switch, negotiation, bargaining

Yesterday I made fun of Bernie Sanders’ jobs guarantee idea. Today, let’s take it seriously.

Not as policy, mind you. As propaganda.

It’s not worth talking about as a policy because there is no policy yet. “It is not clear when Sanders will announce the plan,” Fox News relates, “and a Sanders spokesperson told the Post that it was still being crafted.”

It is mere advocacy. A press release. Vaporware.

But that’s the key to it, really. The jobs guarantee isn’t policy.

It’s a ploy.

Bernie Sanders knows there is hardly a hope of passing such a bill. He probably understands that the current fiscal mess precludes it. He might even understand that it is literally a horrible notion, the worst policy idea in the world, and he would still have reason to pitch for it relentlessly.

Because what he is really after is the hiking of the national minimum wage to $15/hr. That is the next Democratic ratcheting up of government. And by insisting that the government guarantee $15/hr jobs, he is readying everyone to accept, as a compromise, the hiking of the minimum wage to that very figure.

Yesterday I noted a link between socialism and slavery. But minimum wages link up not with slavery but unemployment.

Which Bernie knows all too well. Before he got in politics, he was a layabout, a bum.

Not like President Trump at all, that way.

But by fixing on one key, “anchor” concept ($15/hr) and demanding the Moon, he might just get his mere lunacy, er, minimum wage hike.

And that is a Trumpian* ploy.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.


* Though Trump’s better. His “linguistic killshots” are far more memorable . . . because funny and (usually) visual.


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1 Comment

  1. vic justes says:

    I’m a little unsure why you would call this a ploy in a campaign to raise the minimum wage. Let me make two points:
    1. Higher minimum wages result in higher unemployment. Employers utilize labor to increase revenue; if labor does not increase revenue beyond its cost, employers will reduce it at least until the incremental savings exceeds the associated incremental revenue reduction. Even European employers understand this.
    2. Full employment is quite inefficient. I had the pleasure of working on a project in China some years ago. At the time, and perhaps even today, Chinese policy was to foster full employment. One of results of this policy was extreme specialization. Where we had one engineer on site, they needed six to do the same work. Where we needed one electrician, they needed three. The work was good quality, once they understood that all the requirements must be met, and the cost was no higher than ours, but the compensation received by these college educated professionals was 10% of ours as measured in the international marketplace.

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