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Socialist Bernie Sanders Finally Learns About Economics

Jeff Katz
July 23, 2019 - 12:36 pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) came under fire last week after it was reported that his own campaign staffers were complaining they were receiving "poverty wages."

Over the weekend, Sanders announced that his campaign will be paying staffers $15 an hour, but they will also be cutting hours to compensate.

"I’m very proud to be the first presidential candidate to recognize a union and negotiate a union contract,” Sanders told the Des Moines Register.

According to the Des Moines Register:

Sanders said field organizers, who are the lowest-ranking members of a presidential campaign and are typically in their 20s, make $36,000 a year with 100% employer-paid health care, as well as paid vacation and sick leave.

For a staffer working 40 hours a week, that comes out to about $17 an hour. But 40-hour workweeks on presidential campaigns are rare. Sanders said the campaign will limit the number of hours staffers work to 42 or 43 each week to ensure they’re making the equivalent of $15 an hour.

Of course, social media took notice of the fact that Bernie's whole socialist argument took a hit.

I guess Bernie is finally seeing firsthand how basic economics work.