(TheProudRepublic.com) – In a bid to win at the “Who’s More Unrealistically Socialist Than Who” contest, one of the three Democrats squabbling over the political corpse of recently deceased US Senator Dianne Feinstein has demanded a federal minimum wage of “$50 per hour,” i.e., “$104,000 per year.”
The hefty minimum wage proposal came from US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), who spoke during a Democratic Senate candidate forum on Sunday evening alongside two other Democrat Reps. – Adam Schiff and Katie Porter.
All three House members announced their candidacies for Feinstein’s US Senate seat months before the long-time senator passed at 90.
Lee, a black woman, was harboring hopes that California’s Governor Gavin Newsom would appoint her to serve the rest of Feinstein’s term. However, Newsom chose another black woman, pro-abortionist union activist Laphonza Butler.
“$50 per hour — or $104,000 per year,” Lee declared at Sunday night’s forum when asked about the federal minimum wage, as cited by The Washington Times.
The federal minimum wage currently stands at $7.25 per hour, approximately $15,000 per annum. In contrast, California’s minimum wage, one of the nation’s highest, is $15.50 per hour, or around $32,200 per year, with plans to elevate it to $16 next year.
Answering the same question, Schiff advocated for an increase to “$25 per hour.”
At the same time, Ms. Porter recommended “$20 at the federal level and $25 in California,” along with automatic rises to keep pace with inflation.
Lee’s considerable $50 per hour proposal was met with laughter and applause from the forum’s audience, particularly after the moderator insisted on concrete figures following more comprehensive answers from the three candidates.
Nevertheless, no further comment or clarification was provided by Ms. Lee’s campaign regarding the seriousness of her suggestion, which would theoretically increase inflation.
During the forum, all candidates agreed on supporting legislation from Democratic Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia, aiming to uplift the federal rate to “$17 per hour by 2028.”
Lee stated “$17 to $20 per hour” was a base level for a federal minimum, with “$25” being a “bare minimum.”
That’s unacceptable anywhere in the United States of America, especially here in California. If we’re going to only stop at $25, $30 an hour, then we have to have the federal government make sure that there are resources for affordable housing,” she insisted.
Here is the clip with context of Barbara Lee calling for a $50 Federal Minimum Wage pic.twitter.com/8l8mLcZtvK
— SuperNova🌟 (@No_Va_LR) October 9, 2023