Four million American workers are at or below the minimum wage rate. That said, if a politician is against raising the rate, they should know how much it is. So, if a GOPer votes against raising said wage without knowing the rate, we can only conclude that they are speaking from a highly partisan talking point to keep/gain office.
Last March Think Progress reported on three such candidates and today, another one can be added to the list.
John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, and Todd Akin didn’t know what the minimum wage is. Akin, especially, should know, since in 2007 he voted against raising the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25.
And now, we add Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND) to the list of, the uninformed politician.
When a voter recently asked Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND), who is running for Senate in the state, what the minimum wage is, it took the congressman and his staff several awkward moments to determine that they didn’t know. “Hmmm,” Berg says, before turning to someone else and saying, “This guy would know.” That guy did not know, but they realize it was the same as the federal minimum wage. Unfortunately, they didn’t know what that was either (for the record, it’s $7.25 an hour). The state Democratic party released this video of the exchange today:
When are we going to have an honest conversation on our economy — how much it costs to live and why getting rid of the minimum wage, which many GOPers favor, would destroy the middle class — or what’s left of it.