Conservative Talker: Americans Who Make Minimum Wage Are Failures (AUDIO)

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During a guest host stint on the Rush Limbaugh Show on Friday, conservative Erick Erickson displayed utter contempt for Americans who earn minimum wage.

According to Erickson, Americans who work hard struggling to provide for their families and themselves the only way they can have “failed at life” and have “no ambition.” Erickson says that’s why fast-food workers across the nation are on strike fighting for a wage increase at the federal level.

“The minimum wage is mostly people who failed at life and high school kids,” Erickson said.

Seriously, look. I don’t mean to be ugly with you people. If you’re a 30-something and you’re working at a fast-food restaurant and you’re only making minimum wage — and you have no ambition to improve your station in life other than to go stand out on the sidewalk and hold a protest sign and demand the government raise your wage for you — you’ve failed at life. It is not that life dealt you a bad hand. Life does not deal you cards. It’s that you failed at life.

Here’s the video via Media Matters.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 4 million Americans work for minimum wage or less. Compared to the entire US workforce, it’s a small number. But these Americans are struggling so bad that many need government aid just to get by. That should be unacceptable in this country. An immediate minimum wage hike would lift these people out of poverty and would allow them to stop applying for federal assistance. Republicans have complained for a long time about the number of Americans who use food stamps. Well, raising the minimum wage is a big way to slash that number. If you don’t want people to need food stamps, make sure they’re earning enough money so that they don’t need them. It’s that simple.

While corporations like McDonalds and Walmart make billions of dollars in profits every year, their workers are struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads because they are only paid what amounts to slave wages. It’s kind of hard to have ambition and pursue the work and education you want when all of your small paycheck goes to pay bills and keep your kids warm and their bellies from being empty.

Raising the minimum wage would change this reality and would give millions of people the fighting chance they deserve to create opportunities for themselves because they might actually be able to save some money to pursue a better education or a better job. Minimum wage workers didn’t fail at life. Their super rich greedy bosses are failing them.