The little things come out accidentally. Because, no matter the phoniness, no matter the hired message massagers, people are who they are, and they eventually reveal themselves.
If you really want to understand where President Obama and his coterie are coming from, have a look at this statement released on Labor Day by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.
He describes a woman, Austraberta Rodriguez:
She’s worked as a janitor for more than 30 years, and for most of that time, her wages put her below the poverty level. Every cent she’s earned has gone toward providing the basics for her children and grandchildren. Today, she’s still earning the minimum wage — which, in Texas, is just $7.25 an hour.
Now, never mind that raising the minimum wage overwhelmingly helps families who are NOT in poverty. For example, about a quarter of those making the bottom salary are teens. And forget for a moment that for about every every two people who are brought above the poverty line when the minimum wage is increased, one loses their job entirely.
I’m not here to debate the minimum wage. I’m not even sure that a small hike in the minimum wage at this point would be harmful. I’m here to show you this, another portion of Perez’s statement:
A higher minimum wage doesn’t just help workers like Austraberta. It helps the businesses they work for too. It improves employee morale, productivity, and customer service. It reduces turnover, absenteeism, and training costs.
And besides, when working families have more money in their pockets, they pump it right back into their local economies. They spend it on goods and services where they live. And that helps the businesses providing those goods and services to grow. And that creates more jobs.
Think about the extraordinary hubris of this statement, the audacity, if you will.
Here it is, the government, telling businessmen and women what’s right for their businesses. If only they could follow the wisdom of Tom Perez and Barack Obama, they’d know that raising the minimum wage is GOOD FOR BUSINESS.
Presumably businesspeople are either too stupid to do what’s in their interests – or too distracted by their own greedy instinct to hoard the money for themselves – to figure out what is sound business smarts.
But Tom Perez knows!!
Because Tom Perez, unlike most of these boneheaded, culturally backward business types, graduated from Brown University and Harvard Law School. He then spent six years at the Department of Justice before going to work for Ted Kennedy. Then it was on to the Clinton administration Department of Health and Human Services.
Following a mediocre run in Maryland state politics, he was appointed to the Maryland Department of Labor before being made assistant attorney general by President Obama and finally, last year, Secretary of Labor.
I give you Tom’s work history not because I think you are in the market for a good biography, but to make clear to you that . . .
TOM PEREZ HAS NEVER CREATED A SINGLE JOB IN HIS LIFE
And neither, as we already know, has his boss.
And yet, here Tom is, lecturing businessmen and women, many of whom – those who succeed, anyway – routinely put in twelve hour days and generate the tax revenues that have paid Tom’s salary all his life.
Because Tom, and Obama’s other geniuses, know what’s best for you. They read it – in a book!
They are from the government, and they are here to help. They’ll give you the help you need, and the help you want. Because they’ve looked at you and your business from their grand perches, and found you wanting.