Bernie Sanders Obliterates Jeb Bush For Telling Workers To Work Longer Hours


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tore into Jeb Bush for claiming that workers need to be more productive and work longer hours.

During an interview with The New Hampshire Union-Leader editorial board, Bush said, “My aspirations for the country, and I believe we can achieve it, is for 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see, which means we have to be a lot more productive. Workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and through their productivity gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we are going to get out of this rut that we’re in.”

Sanders replied to Bush’s comments in a statement, “Unfortunately,” Sanders said, “Gov. Bush does not seem to understand what is happening in our economy today. The sad truth is that because the middle class has declined over the last 40 years, while almost all new income and wealth have gone to the people on top, Americans already work the longest hours of any people in the western industrialized world. In fact, 80 percent of working men work longer than 40 hours a week. What we need now is an economy that provides decent wages and income for the middle class, not demands that people work even longer hours than they currently do.”

Jeb Bush is the ultimate child of privilege. He has never had to have a job. Bush has never worked for a paycheck to keep food on the table. Just like Donald Trump, who was also born rich, Bush has no clue what it is like for people who have to work for a living.

In reality, all Jeb Bush was doing was repeating the core belief of Republican economic ideology that growth is driven by squeezing workers to do more while paying them less. Republicans oppose any law or regulation that benefits workers. The Republican idea of economic perfection is an economy where wealth is concentrated at the top, workers have no basic protections, Obamacare is gone, and there is no such thing as the minimum wage.

The Bush campaign tried to walk back his statement, but the truth has been revealed. Sanders was correct. The U.S. needs an economy that builds from the middle and rewards American workers for their productivity instead of condemning them to a life of low-wage economic slavery.

56 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Obliterates Jeb Bush For Telling Workers To Work Longer Hours”

  1. I am hoping his “work more hours” has the same effect as his daddy’s “checkout line scanner” moment.

  2. Yes sir. 4 more hours a day at minimum wage will surely bring about a transformation in the economy, Jeb. meanwhile, parents will need more daycare at rates higher than their paychecks, and see even less of their kids. Parent night? Too bad, Dad has to keep working, and Mom has to go off to her late night office cleaning job. Kids want to take dance or band? Too bad. Dad can’t get enough hours at the dry cleaners, so he had to get yet another job, and neither pays enough to afford the kids any extra fun stuff. Keep talking, Jeb. We’re still waiting for one of the GOP candidates to say something helpful to the middle class, instead of blaming them for the lack of wages and benefits. I know…how about we bring back unions!!

  3. And yet people will still vote against their own best interests and keep putting these assholes in office. I just don’t get that.

  4. Do people who actually work for a living believe the claptrap rolling out of Bush’s mouth? And then vote republican? Does not compute.

  5. Here’s why they do it:

    “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

    -Lyndon B. Johnson

  6. Here’s why they do it:

    “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

    -Lyndon B. Johnson

  7. I’d like to see that rich prick do what I did for even one day. Think it’s easy huh Jebbie? Bastards never heard the saying walk a mile in my shoes. And all this so they can line their rich buddies pockets even more.

  8. Here’s the thing: Republicans …many of them, aren’t really that clueless. They repeat the Frank Luntz / Lee Atwater bullet points that are code for racial and class division, but sometimes they bungle it. ( I’m now thinking J.E.B. ! is just as thick-skulled as Dubya. )

    They really don’t care about ‘America’ or ‘Americans’. Just like Romney was honest to his inner circle of privileged rich white club members: they’re apathetic and unconcerned about the 47%, or 80%, or 98% that are NOT LIKE THEM.
    They’ll mouth the bumper sticker platitudes of exceptionalism and patriotic mumbo-jumbo, but never do anything that helps the working class or improves the lot for society as a whole. They have opposed EVERY societal advancement in the US for at least the past 100 years.

    In short, they’re hypocrites.

  9. Do current full time workers need to work more hours? Definitely not. But there’s 6.5 million people that are working part-time because there’s not enough full-time work available. The average hours worked in the private sector is under 35 hours a week. So technically, “America” needs to work longer hours by creating more full time jobs. Do I think this is what Jeb meant? Probably not.

  10. Correct. It’s also called last place aversion theory. As long as they have someone else to punch down on, they can still cling to these bootstrap and authoritarian mentalities…

  11. Since Reagan his conservative Republican economic voodoo took over America, worker productivity has increased while wages have been stagnant and worker protections falling. Trickle Down is not economics, it is deliberate class warfare by the rich on the poor.

    At least Bush comes out and admits that he wants people to work longer, harder, and faster for less so the rich can get richer. The other Republicans believe that too, but they are too big of cowards to admit it.

    Either way, enough is enough. We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore.

  12. Sanders: “In fact, 80 percent of working men work longer than 40 hours a week.” did the old fart actually mean men?

  13. Why do people keep voting these a-holes in?
    It’s God, guns, gay anything, abortion, flag burning, the Stars and Bars s–t rag, so called religious freedom to cram their beliefs down the rest of our throats, and about fifty years of the decline of public education leading to a high percentage of functional illiterates who can’t read the menu down at the local burger joint let alone a newspaper or history book. We get told that higher wages are bad, unions are bad, health insurance is bad, clean air and water not necessary, government is REALLY bad and the weak minded and miss educated (Adam and Eve as real science)eat it up with a spoon. Remember, GOP stands for God’s Own Party and if we will all just work a few more hours a week for a bit less money the economy will boom and we will all get rich. Vote Republican!!!!

  14. Why not men? Working men have as much to gain from a fair economy as the rest of us. And he is not an old fart; he’s Gandalf.

  15. Grocery stores still had a clerk behind a counter and you had to ask for things to buy when the last time any LAZY ASS RICHER THAN DIRT Bush had gone to one.

  16. -as if we needed any more proof of where the Reich Wing’s ideology and tactics come from. ;)

    Just replace “Jews” with “illegal aliens” and I think the GOP can save millions on Frank Luntz and speech writers by recycling Adolph’s old material…

  17. Exactamundo Midge! Jeb?’s motto is “Rise”…yes RISE and go to work you lazy so-n-so! I don’t care if your 65 and sick and have a problem working 60hrs. a week! You don’t have SS anymore because we took it from you so yes you must work. And I don’t care if you paid into it! We must give it to the Koch Bros because they need the money not YOU! And you can’t complain to the Democrats and Liberals because we have kept them from voting and we have killed the unions too! So WE OWN YOU!!! Just call it the…Southern Strategy..

  18. I guess it just goes without saying that women ALREADY have to work more than 40 hours a week to make the same wages as a man.

    So congrats ladies, you’re living the Jeb!™ economic dream!™

  19. “At least Bush comes out and admits that he wants people to work longer, harder, and faster for less so the rich can get richer. ”

    -Which is just proof of how incredibly stoopid he is, just like Mittenz.

    Or, to quote fellow conservative genius Rick Perry: “Oops.”

  20. As spoken by a man who has never had to do an honest day’s work.

    Work longer hours? Where have I heard this before?
    oh yeah, before the Unions gained power- 18 hour work days were the norm.

  21. I cannot find the Video of JEB saying that.
    The People should see him say those words.
    We should run that video over and over.

  22. OMG!! This is awesome!! Where is Hilary’s response?!! #FeelTheBern #Bernie2016 #JustElectBernie!![WINK]

  23. It’s called class warfare, run by the rulers.

    And it will sink him just as surely as similar comments sank Mr. Romney.

  24. Bush’s statement is absurd and Sanders is right to call him out on it.

    I’d like to see a candidate propose lowering the retirement age to 55, make college free to anyone who attends and learns (as opposed to just getting grades). This would take huge number out of the labor force and enable the growth of power among laborers.

    I’d like to see a candidate propose projects on the scale of TVA and the Hoover Dam. Something like covering every median strip on the Interstate Highway system and every parking lot in the U.S. with photoelectric cells.

    I’d like to see a candidate propose huge government grants to fund research into reversing or at least slowing climate change. Or better yet have it done the same way the race to the moon was won.

    I’d like to see a candidate propose paying for all this by making the wealthy and the big corporations pay taxes!

  25. I’m not defending what Jeb said. Believe me, I’m not. But I have to agree with Chris. Unfortunately, as a means to reduce their costs, employers purposefully work employees less than 40 hours to avoid paying them overtime and other benefits. So this has to change if we’re to improve in this area. But Jeb didn’t mention this, because Republicans aren’t about to criticize employers.

    Worker productivity isn’t the problem. Labor participation is and until we replace the retiring baby boomers with tons of other workers at a decent living wage, the problem that Jeb was so inartfully trying to articulate will be with us. I’d love to hear his plan for that, but it’s probably beyond his mental capacity.

  26. My Co. cut my medical benefits, with BILLIONS in the bank…maybe if they spent some of that money on IT upgrades their comp sys. would work…good old United Airlines. So I guess I’ll beg for overtime Jeb.

  27. The result will be a dramatic acceleration of the growth rate of the American economy in double digits, which also will result in far greater employment opportunities, while at the same time creating “customers with money” to purchase what the economy is capable of producing, which in turn will create demand for further growth. As well, this will stimulate more technological invention and innovation to enable us to produce more efficiently and environmentally wise with better tools, machines, super-automation, robotics, computerized operations, etc., which comprise the engine that drives productivity efficiencies and growth.

  28. Ideally, we should raise the corporate income tax and then offer an exemption to paying it if the corporations fully pay out their earnings to the OWNERS, who would then be subject to personal income tax rates. Additionally, in order to empower EVERY citizen to become a capital owner and benefit from a new dividend source of income, there needs to be equal opportunity for EVERY citizen to access annually an equal amount of insured, interest-free capital credit loans to be extended by local banks, and backed by the Federal Reserve. This capital credit will enable ordinary citizens, who are now essentially propertyless in capital assets to become the engine to provide investment in corporations needing money to expand and grow the economy.

  29. The way to dramatically increase income of American workers and other Americans who are not employed, and simultaneously dramatically increase productivity is to empower EVERY child, woman, and man to acquire personal OWNERSHIP shares in the corporations growing the economy, providing tax incentives to those corporations to fully pay out ALL their earnings in the form of dividends to the OWNERS.

  30. It’s not even what he *said*. He said, directly, that those currently employed must work longer hours; he said nothing about increasing employment or jobs.

  31. John-C, I think you’ve pretty much nailed it. The only thing I would add is that Republicans NEVER mention how low the tax rates on the super wealthy have fallen since the Reagan administration, and consequently how the super wealthy have contributed less and less to the America they all claim to love so much. They’ve got all their followers convinced that other citizens are the problem. Bill Maher illustrated this on his show once by holding out a plate full of food, saying “half of this is off limits – it belongs to the wealthy” (I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea), and the Republicans have got everybody fighting over what’s left.

  32. Actually, the gates of Dachau also state, “Arbeit macht frei.” I visited there 30 years ago and saw it myself.

  33. That’s his backpedling today from what I understand, that he meant all the part timers created by this economy need more hours. That’s true but if you look at the 25% increase in productivity most people are doing full time work at about half the time, increasing hours would be impossible for me physically. We also have to stop squeezing the work goals because the hiring/firing turnstile doesn’t seem to be an issue with employers anymore.

  34. I’m not defending Jeb! either but I agree you’re right in what he meant. More people would like to participate in the labor pool more than part time. I think what happened is they squeezed as much productivity as possible out of service workers then cut hours but didn’t reduce goals and there’s a revolving employment door that makes it harder to get your next job.

  35. Damn Gary,
    Ronnie Reagan would be proud of you. You are preaching trickle down economics, or as GHWB called it “Voo-Doo Economics”. Personally I think it is Doo-Doo Economics.

  36. Does he not understand that ‘productivity’ actually means that the owners get more profit for the same money output? Any increase in ‘productivity’ just means we’re working harder and not getting paid any more money. Gads, this just frustrates me.

  37. Gary, both of your posting are mis-guided and wrong. The uber wealthy do not spend as much money proportionately as one who actually works for a living. A worker spends 98% of their income JUST TO SURVIVE! they have little or no disposable income or enough money to even save some. The Uber wealthy spend very little and add very little to the economy they Also pay way less if even NO taxers whatsoever so they are a burden on the infrastructure that they themselves use. The UBER wealthy are parasites on the workers back.

  38. You do know that British colonists broke with their King because he allowed corporations to duck taxes and exploit his loyal subjects?

    Corporations are authorized and regulated by Congress. To keep them from exploiting citizens.

    They are not the friends of freedom.

  39. Hitler is the uber mensch all those sad White peasants long to be. But they won’t admit it. So they wave traitor’s flags.

  40. We’re already working long hours. I worked 60 hours a week for forty years and I know few people that work less than 50 hours a week. Without overtime pay I would never have survived financially. Don’t get me wrong, I did it because I wanted to. I even requested additional hours. This is not uncommon, at least in the area where I live.

  41. Ultimately, we have nobody but ourselves to blame. When we are too lazy to vote; when we just vote for a candidate because he is a member of the party we always vote for; when we fail to research what the candidates stand for, the all of us get what some of us deserve … the kind of government we have now.
    It behooves every last one of us work every day from now until November,2016, to change things. Research the facts about every candidate, and then decide who you want to represent you. Talk to your friends and family about political issues. Work for the campaign of the candidate of your choice. Be sure to register and vote. Your one vote can make a difference. In the meantime, keep track of how your present representatives are voting in Congress. Write them, call them, e-mail them. Give then praise when they deserve it and hell when they don’t. One of you posted the quote, “We’re mad as hell …and that is good, just keep the fire in your bellies, and you will make a di…

  42. Let’s see here, his brother led to the greatest recession in this country since the Great Depression in the 30’s. George Bush led to the highest unemployment rate. Now we want another Bush as president? I think not.

  43. Another thing, our infrastructure is literally falling apart. Think of all the job’s this would create. Our bridges etc. Instead of thinking about the here and now invest in the future. Educate our young people. Technology is changing fast, self driving car’s, think about it.

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