By Cody McLaughlin | The Save Jersey Blog
Well, Save Jerseyans, if you’ve ever read anything written by me before, you already know that I detest hypocrisy, in all its forms, more than just about anything in the realm of politics. It shouldn’t have a place in our system, but sadly it is all too pervasive. So, what brings this up now? I’m glad you asked. Check this out:
No, that’s not a joke or a photo-shopped image. Yes, that is a real screenshot of a real discussion (on Facebook) that I had with a real Democrat/Union-backed organization about the state of the job market for a paid promoter of the #15NOW movement.
Let that sink in for a moment… I’ll wait.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think that at best it is ironic that a person should be asked to accept “less than a livable wage” to talk publicly about how terrible that wage is.
At worst, it is a glaring example of hypocrisy and holier-than-thou obstructionism (with the added bonus of union compression wage hikes).
Don’t get me wrong, Save Jerseyans, I applaud the realization of Big Labor that it simply is not economically feasible to pay a person 15 bucks an hour for an entry level job. That much we do agree on. After all, we live in America. In a capitalist society the market should be able to decide the amount that any job is worth. If you want to make more money, there are avenues for your continued and long-term success. For business owners, probationary wages are an effective tool in the toolbox to ensure a sound budget and their ability to sustain staffing levels without breaking the bank on an employee that hasn’t proven reliability or value yet.
Here’s where I break from Working America: I don’t believe in hypocrisy.
I, like most Americans, believe that actions speak louder than words. I believe that honesty and transparency in the realm of public debate is not only important, it is downright indispensable. Make no mistake, Save Jerseyans, it is dishonesty in its purest form to force a set of restrictions on one group of people while actively attempting to write yourself out of the rule book.
If Working America believes that 12.50 is a fair starting wage for the average American worker, then let’s start the debate there, but don’t insult my intelligence. I find it personally repugnant that an organization would consider themselves too good to follow their own policy proposal.
No matter the outcome of the minimum wage debate in our country, one thing is for certain: Working America should hold their head in shame on this one.