Bernie Sanders stated, “Poverty in Baltimore, and around this country, is a death sentence.” Then he continues with “Fifteen neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two have a higher infant mortality rate than the West Bank in Palestine… Baltimore teenagers between the ages of fifteen and nineteen face poorer health conditions and a worse economic outlook than those in distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China and South Africa,”
Has Bernie Sanders ever been in North Korea, Palestine, Nigeria, India, China or South Africa? Has he been to Calcutta where Mother Teresa lived most of her life serving the extreme poor? Has he been to Mumbai where the median strips are filled with thousands of homeless sleeping through the night? Has he gone to city dumps in India, South Africa, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Yemen, and other countries where thousands of families live in the garbage dumps scavaging for food among the mice and rats?
Contrarily, has Sanders’ or anyone else in the United States seen one person in the United States living in a landfill, city dump, or other trash facility? Certainly, we have homeless and impoverished citizens in America; however, the most impoverished Americans in Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere are rich in comparison to the moderately impoverished people in other countries. In other countries, there are no food stamps, low cost housing, or any other “freebies.” In contrast, the poorest in America may have a phone, a TV, low cost housing and many other comforts which the poor in other countries can only imagine.
In addition, Sanders’ calls for a $15.00 minimum wages will only decrease employment and/or increase the cost of goods which, in reality, will lower the standard of living especially for those living on minimum wage while causing major economic crises for those on fixed incomes. Thus, an increase in minimum wages will only result in more impoverished citizens.
Sanders and others who support an increase in minimum wage do not take into account that all wages have to increase to compensate for an increase in minimum wage. Even Governor Brown knows that increasing minimum wage to $15.00 makes no economic sense as he stated, “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense,” but “Morally and socially and politically, they make every sense because it binds the community together and makes sure that parents can take care of their kids in a much more satisfactory way.” In reality, it makes absolutely no moral sense because it will lead to higher prices, unemployment, and more impoverished people.