The best part of the upcoming Democratic Presidential primary may be the bizarre, competitive relationship developing between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Hillary, who has progressive credentials but can’t possibly claim to actually be progressive and run on her husband’s legacy as a moderate at the same time, is bending over backwards to edge out Sanders or even his competitive advantage in key states. Already running within striking distance in Wisconsin, Bernie Sanders, who is no more a legitimate Presidential candidate than he is a legitimate choice for night manager at McDonald’s.
Lately, of course, “night manager at McDonald’s” has become a prime point of consternation within the liberal community. As fast food workers take to the streets in a last ditch effort to unionize the fast food industry, thus propping up service employees unions strapped for cash from all of their political contributions, “Fight for $15,” the rallying cry of fast food workers demanding $15 per hour, has become an attractive target for progressive populists who want to seem like they care what the little people are doing, but would prefer to not have to touch anyone.
Thus, the Clinton Fast Food Savior was born.
Hillary Clinton told a conference of fast food workers Sunday that she supported their push for a $15 minimum wage, saying “I want to be your champion.”
Appearing by phone at a meeting of 1,300 workers, Clinton voiced her most emphatic support yet for the nationwide Fight for $15 movement, which is also seeking to unionize fast food giants like McDonald’s.
Clinton also expressed broader support for organized labor and the right to bargain collectively.
“We need you out there fighting against those who would strip away Americans’ right to organize, to collectively bargain, to fair play,” Clinton told the crowd. “No man or woman who works hard to feed American families should have to be on food stamps to feed their own family.”
The appearance by phone is key. No Clintons would ever be caught within sneezing distance of a Burger King unless they were being kidnapped and forced to eat Chicken Fries against their will.
The most important part of this statement is, of course, the support for collective bargaining. It’s nice to think that large, national unions and candidates for major public office think about the person who flips your burgers, but the truth is that the person who flips your burger barely has enough money to support themselves, let alone a swamp full of rent-seekers in the nation’s capital. The real key is the unions, who get more money to give to Democrats when they get more Democrats to join their union. With something like 60% of SEIUs overhead going to political campaigns, its easy to see why Democrats are eager to have more warm bodies paying their union dues.
Fortunately for Clinton, it also helps that she never comes in contact with anyone who works in a fast food restaurant. It’s much easier to delude yourself into believing that $15 is a fair wage for what amounts to an entry-level job. Market forces seem to indicate that wages are on the rise, and some organizations like Chipotle are taking all that money they save from not feeding you Frankenfood and giving it to workers who choose to pursue an education. It’s best for everyone if the natural market course continues. But until Hillary Clinton realizes that, she’ll be parroting Bernie Sanders to our nation’s fry cooks.
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