Talking to a crowd in South Carolina on Tuesday, presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked if he believes the country should raise the minimum wage or if wages should be left to individual employers and private companies.
Not surprisingly, he said, “We need to leave it to the private sector. I think state minimum wages are fine. The federal government shouldn’t be doing this.” He noted that Walmart increased their wages because of supply and demand. He went on to say, “The federal government doing this will make it harder and harder for the first rung of the ladder to be reached, particularly for young people, particularly for people that have less education.”
Then he connected his opposition of a federal wage to income inequality:
“We’re moving to a world that is sticky in the ends, where it’s harder for people in poverty to move up and where the rich are doing really well, and the middle is getting squeezed. And any idea that makes, that perpetuates that is one that I would oppose, and I think this minimum wage idea is exactly one of those things.” He added that people on the lower rungs “would be likely the ones that would lose their job. That’s how it’s always worked.”