COMMENTARY | In a stunning reversal, 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, a U.S. representative from Wisconsin, has gone against his strict fiscal conservatism and Ayn-Randian standards and is now advocating for a higher minimum wage and a reduction in income inequality. A CPAC speech by the conservative guru said that the poor wanted “dignity” and not just “comfort,” regaling the audience with a tale of a boy who would rather have a bag lunch like the other kids instead of the free lunch, reports TIME. This is likely very true – most poor people would obviously prefer to be able to have decent-paying jobs.
Therefore, Ryan is obviously in favor of raising the federal minimum wage, which has drastically eroded in real value. He also wants to decrease income inequality.
How else would the poor be able to afford their brown-bag lunches and no longer need free government lunches? Right now, making a meager $7.25 an hour, it’s hard to provide lunch for your kid. As a parent, I know how expensive food for children can be! Would a man as smart as Paul Ryan really expect poor people to be able to afford more food for their children with more minimum-wage jobs? “The economy is improving! Now you can leave your miserable minimum-wage job…for another minimum-wage job! Welcome to the President Ryan prosperity!”
Duh, of course not. He knows that the jobs need to pay more money, plain and simple. The only way to do this, unfortunately, is to force the issue. Employers will rarely raise wages on their own. Raising the federal minimum wage is necessary to raise worker wages. Ryan must be advocating this very change, since nothing else would allow more brown-bag lunches to be created.
In reality, Ryan is not advocating, yet, for an increase in the minimum wage or proposing other legislation to reduce income inequality…but he might have a heck a time talking his way out of it after his “dignity over comfort” commentary.