Among my (Matt Palumbo’s) favorite revelations from the Wikileaks dump is one of the quotes from Hillary Clinton when speaking to a group of bankers. She admitted she holds both public and private positions on issues — essentially what she tells the American people to get elected vs. what she really believes/wants. While some politicians can be criticized for flip-flopping and being for an issue before being against it, Hillary Clinton is simultaneously “for” and “against” some issues.
The only silver lining is that she doesn’t hold all the nutty liberal positions she claims to in public. As HotAir reported, the minimum wage is one of those such issues.
One item of note was the revelation that Hillary Clinton’s public opinion probably isn’t quite the same as her private opinion when it comes to the subject of the minimum wage and the Fight for 15 which so many of her supporters are rallying behind. As it turns out, she’s had some information in hand for quite a while now which shows that even liberal economists know this is a disaster in the making.
Among the illegally obtained and leaked emails of senior Clinton campaign staffer John Podesta are several gems, one of which is a warning from Neera Tanden, head of the left-wing Center for American Progress that Podesta helped found. In an email chain discussing New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s decision to come out in favor of more than doubling the minimum wage, Tanden noted that her group had not formally come out for it, and warned that Clinton shouldn’t either.
“Substantively, we have not supported $15 — you will get a fair number of liberal economists who will say it will lose jobs,” she wrote. Still, eleven months later, she was among those praising California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing legislation that will make $15 the minimum wage in California. And Clinton, though supportive of some local efforts, has avoided backing a national $15 wage, in spite of pressure from her left to do so.
Clinton had been out on the campaign trail publicly cheering the individual states which enact a fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage, while still holding a more reserved approach on the national level. (She previously supported a roughly $12 per hour level.) But later in her primary fight against Bernie Sanders she began sounding more and more as if she was ready to take the Fight for 15 to the federal stage.
There was a brief moment of hilarity back during one of the Democrat Primary debates between Hillary and Bernie Sanders. After speaking about the issue a total of zero times, Hillary informed us that she was, in fact, in favor of a $15 an hour minimum wage (at about the :50 second mark in the video below).
The look of shock was on Bernie’s face priceless, and it reflected what the audience was thinking. “I am sure a lot of people are very surprised to learn that you support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour” Bernie replied to the loud applause of the audience.
She may be dishonest, but she may not be crazy enough to support a $15 an hour minimum wage.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]