With social media, incredibly bad policy proposals are quickly torn apart.
Per FreeBeacon, “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) called for a $20 federal minimum wage less than a week after the House of Representatives voted to raise the wage to $15 over the next six years.
A video from America Rising shows Tlaib making the remarks at an event for One Fair Wage, an organization that lobbies to raise the federal minimum tipped wage. Tlaib said the $15 minimum wage demand needs to be updated to reflect the rising price of food.
“By the way, when we started it, it should have been $15. Now I think it should be $20,” she said.
“It should be $20 an hour, $18 to $20 at this point,” she repeated, continuing to claim that the price of food such as milk and eggs has increased.
The accuracy of Tlaib’s claim about the price of eggs going up depends on the type of egg, but in general, egg prices have fallen since a peak in 2015. An avian flu outbreak impacted egg production that year, causing prices to spike.
The price of milk has also fluctuated over the past 10 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price has decreased since a peak in 2014. It has increased over the course of 2019, however. The price of dairy products depends on the U.S. state in which the consumer is making the purchase.
Alfredo Ortiz, president of the Job Creators Network, told the Free Beacon, “America can’t afford a $15 minimum wage, never mind $20.”
Most Social Media users agreed, widely ridiculing Tlaib on Twitter.
Far-Left Rep. Rashida Tlaib calls for a $20 minimum wage
The Congressional Budget Office recently said a $15 minimum wage would destroy 1.3 million jobs.
A $20 minimum wage would destroy even more jobs. pic.twitter.com/ILhaHht06k
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 22, 2019
Rashida Tlaib now says the federal minimum wage should be $20/hour…
Is this a new game? Outbid each other for the highest minimum wage like The Price is Right: Handouts-to-get-elected Edition ?
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 22, 2019
— bubbatooski (@bubbatooski) July 23, 2019
Now @RashidaTlaib is calling for a $20/hour minimum wage… Do I hear $35/hour? How about $50/hour? $100/hour anyone? That sounds pretty good right? 👎
Unfortunately, Cong Tlaib’s big plans will hurt a lot of the people she says she cares about…
— Garrett Love (@Garrett_Love) July 22, 2019
Tlaib is really calling for 15 to 20% unemployment which is the only result of such a large minimum wage hike.
— Sons of Liberty (@SonsOfLib1776) July 22, 2019
@RepRashida Tlaib plans on putting many small business out of business with that $20 minimum wage. Many would lose their jobs and be dependent on the govt., but that’s the plan right?
— Ellen Benton (@tjgr87) July 22, 2019