On his show Wednesday, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin addressed the issue of raising the minimum wage saying that the minimum wage “is a job killer,” and it is “destroying the American culture.”
“The minimum wage is a job killer,” Levin said on his show. “The minimum wage kills jobs, particularly for younger people.”
Levin went on, “And I’m telling you, these federal regulations and state regulations – and this is just the tip of the iceberg – are destroying American jobs. They’re destroying the American culture. That’s what they’re doing.”
Below is a transcript of Levin’s comments on minimum wage:
“The minimum wage is a job killer. The minimum wage kills jobs, particularly for younger people. Most of those receiving the minimum wage are under 25, and within that category, most of them are under 20.
“It’s the first leg up on the ladder. It teaches you discipline. It teaches you responsibility. It teaches you how to put a little bit of money aside when you are a young person. So then you can go out and get other jobs, having learned these sorts of things that you do not learn in school.
“It’s real life work. And this is what we want our kids to do.
“Even, my daughter started out, she worked at Baskin Robbins. If it’s $15 an hour, Baskin Robbins is not going to be able to afford these young kids. My son started out at Johnny Rockets.
“They’re not going to be able to pay these kids, and they’re going to be looking for ways, looking for ways to get around it. You can’t blame them.
“What are you going to do? Tell them they can’t do it. Tell them they can’t. ‘Oh, no. No. Look.’ And I’m telling you, these federal regulations and state regulations – and this is just the tip of the iceberg – are destroying American jobs. They’re destroying the American culture. That’s what they’re doing.
“Milton Friedman used to say, and he’s exactly right, ‘There is not a single government program,’ and I’ll add this – outside national security – ‘that doesn’t do damage to this society.’
“‘Wow, that’s radical.’ So be it! So be it.
“Now, look at the damage this is doing. All the yack about compassion. ‘Oh, it’s compassionate.’ ‘Oh, you can’t live on the minimum wage.’ You’re not expected to live on the minimum wage. But the problem is, people have to make choices. People who are in business, small businesses, franchises, they have to make choices.
“If you’re going to attack their bottom line and not give a damn about it, and say by attacking their bottom line you’re being compassionate, when in fact you’re pushing one of the left-wing economic policy agenda issues. It has consequences.
“That’s why not raising the minimum wage is humane. Let me repeat it: Not raising the minimum wage is humane because it enables young people, unskilled people, low skilled people, no-skilled people to get a job and to work their way up the system.
“This is a big deal. It’s not a throwaway issue.
“‘Well, I’m looking at this minimum wage issue. You know, I think people, they can’t live on the minimum wage, and this that and the other.’
“Who is even getting the minimum wage?
“First of all, you need to know the facts, and then you need to know the consequences. This is the problem with constant intermeddling.”