It was bad enough that Fox regular and self-described “capitalist pig” Jonathan Hoenig argued that protesters wanting a $15 an hour minimum wage are akin to “robbers.” But his pretense of concern that a higher wage will somehow cause discrimination against lower-skilled workers is laughable. Or worse.
On yesterday’s, Cashin’ In, host Eric Bolling set the tone when his introduction said about the protests, “Think about that the next time you reach into your wallet and fork over bigger and bigger bucks for that burger or burrito. Jonathan, food prices soaring lately. This would make them go higher, right?”
Hoenig didn’t just agree. He took the hostility to another level:
The key word here is demanding. Only robbers make demands. If these people think their work is worth $15 an hour, they should go out and find a job that pays them $15 an hour. …People have no right to a job at any wage. And in fact, the higher minimum wage is discrimination against exactly these low-skilled people, it doesn’t allow them to begin to build the skills to earn that higher wage.
So, on the one hand, workers don’t have a right to a job at any wage and on the other, low-skilled workers have a “right” not to be discriminated against earning rock-bottom wages.