Democratic candidates competing against each other in a large field of potential presidential nominees appear to be trying to out-crazy each other.
Earlier this month, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) lauded his state’s decision to raise its minimum wage to $15/hour. He also made it very clear he hopes that the government will mandate it soon for the entire nation.
And then he launched into a mind-boggling explanation on Tuesday of what he believes are the benefits of paying everyone a minimum of that amount of money, no matter what the job entails or how well they perform it.
Quoting New York Times contributor Matthew Desmond, Booker tweeted: “‘A living wage is an antidepressant. It is a sleep aid. A diet. A stress reliever. It is a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy. It prevents premature death. It shields children from neglect.’ This is why we must #FightFor15.”
Wow. Apparently, getting more money is the solution for everything.
Democratic candidate Julian Castro apparently thought he was saying something clever when he spoke on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” He proclaimed that it’s time for America to resolve its “original sin of slavery” by paying out reparations.
"It is interesting to me that under our Constitution and otherwise, that we compensate people if we take their property,” Castro said. “Shouldn't we compensate people if they were property sanctioned by the state?"
But slavery was abolished in America in 1865. Nobody who was the property of the state back then is alive today to receive compensation.
According to the New York Post, Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said during an interview published Tuesday that prostitution should be legalized in America as long as everyone involved in prostitution is consenting.
“But when you’re talking about consenting adults, yes [it should be legal],” said the former federal prosecutor. “We shouldn’t consider that you can criminalize consensual behavior, as long as no one is being harmed.”
Meanwhile, in the land of politicians too young to run for president yet, young socialist Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started sounding a little authoritarian in her push for her ludicrous Green New Deal.