Via Think Progress…A Republican lawmaker is asked whether he supports raising the minimum wage, and replies: “Get a job.”
Here’s the exchange, between Rep. Bill Young and a constituent, at a 4th of July parade:
CONSTITUENT: Hi, I’m (inaudible) how are you? Happy Fourth of July. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is passing a bill around to increase the minimum wage to 10 bucks and hour. Do you support that?
YOUNG: Probably not.
CONSTITUENT: 10 bucks, that would give us a living wage.
YOUNG: How about getting a job?
CONSTITUENT: I do have one.
YOUNG: Well, then why do you want that benefit? Get a job.
Of course, the whole point of the minimum wage is to help those with low-paying jobs to support themselves and their families. So telling his questioner to “get a job,” aside from just being rude, doesn’t even make sense.
The minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour, hasn’t gone up since 2007.