Jeb Bush’s Message To Working Americans Is Work Longer, Harder, and For Less


Bush addresses the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista
Hopefully working Americans are listening to Jeb Bush on the campaign trail. If they are, they should quickly recognize that Jeb Bush is even more tone deaf to the plight of America’s working poor than 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney was. Romney of course stumbled miserably when footage was leaked of him telling an audience of wealthy supporters:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what… These are people who pay no income tax…”[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

After Romney’s ignoble defeat in November 2012, one would think the 2016 Republican field would exercise more caution when talking about working class Americans this cycle. However, multimillionaire Jeb Bush is taking up where Romney left off, as yet another wealthy GOP scold who shames the poor and asks them to work harder, work longer and work for less.

On Tuesday, in Iowa, Jeb Bush attacked Barack Obama’s plan to require employers to pay overtime to salaried employees who earn as little as 23,660 dollars a year. In Bush’s view paying a fast food manager who works 70 hours a week less than 2,000 dollars a month is fine, because of course he is more concerned about the profits of CEOs and shareholders than he is about the well-being of the American worker pulling 12 hours shifts, 6 days a week, to make ends meet.


On July 9th in New Hampshire, Bush insisted that Americans need to work longer hours. He told the editors at the New Hampshire Union Leader:

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’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.

Bush wants workers to work longer hours, but he doesn’t want employers to provide them with extra compensation if they put in over 40 hour work weeks. Not only does Bush want employees working longer hours every week, but he also wants them to retire from the workforce later. Jeb Bush is a strong proponent of raising the retirement age before workers can be eligible to collect social security.

Jeb Bush has also argued in favor of eliminating the federal minimum wage. Not just freezing it, or refusing to raise it – he has expressed his desire to outright abolish the federal minimum wage. If you cobble all of Bush’s economic plans together, he wants employers to have the right to pay employees less than 7.25 an hour, deny them overtime pay, and force them to worker longer work weeks and to retire later in life.

Jeb Bush wants American workers to work longer, work harder and work for less. His contempt for working class Americans is quiet obvious.

25 Replies to “Jeb Bush’s Message To Working Americans Is Work Longer, Harder, and For Less”

  1. Work Longer, Harder, and for Less.

    The Republican Mantra since Saint Ronnie.

    Yes many of us are dependent upon the Government- dependent upon it because we need it to protect us from Republicans.

  2. the new Republican ‘we care about the workers and the middle class’ plan…

    bringing back indentured servitude, the company store and the chain gang…

    the chain gang is to help re-build infrastructure at $1 a day spendable only in the prison canteen… payment in cigarettes optional…

  3. Although he hasn’t so much as said so, that’s been Obama’ approach as well. Fo one thing, the rate of inflation is being grossly underestimated so that social security and welfare benefit raises can be lower than actual inflation. You actually can confirm this by going to ShadowStats and look at the inflation rate as calculated by traditional methods (i.e., actual cost increases).

  4. When one of the leaders of Treason Incorporated… I mean the GOP speaks listen well then vote against. The GOP is as anti-American as an enemy of our nation can be.

  5. He is really out of touch with America. I think he takes after his mother. Remember when she said the Katrina evacuees in Houston were better off “because they were underprivileged anyway”.

  6. So after Romney’s loss in 2012 there was a lot of talk about rebranding yet nothing about changing the message or their policies. I see they struck out on all three. Hell Jebediah aint even tryin to foo y’all by callin hisself sum fictitious lable like junior did when he sed he was a comppasinit consuvativ. And they says he is the smart one? Typos are intended for sarcastic effect.

  7. his problem is that he keeps trying to buy a vowel…

    and since there aren’t 2 ‘U’s in nuclear he’s clueless…

  8. The GOP means “New & Improved” as in the way advertisers do. For example, if you change the logo’s font on a product’s label you can “legally” claim the same ol’ shitty stuff is “New & Improved”.

  9. This a**hole has never had to work a day in his life. He’s never worked hard, or dangerous, or had to do anything that might threaten his life.
    He’s a privileged , spoiled child that should be nowhere near any power over anyone else.

    I’m more qualified than this dipsh!t is.

  10. So you say Jebya wants the middles class to “Work Longer, Harder and for Less”.

    Well, I think Jebya may be on to something that has a lot of promise.

    I say, let’s test it out on ALL the Fortune 500 CEO’s for a few years, and see how well it works.

  11. ““Record Corporate Profits Are Coming Out of Workers’ Hides
    By PETER COHAN Posted 3:20 PM 11/23/10 .________
    The Commerce Department reports that corporate profits have never been higher in American history, so why aren’t Republicans — the party of business — celebrating the news? After all, those profits are coming not from revenue growth — which would benefit workers and executives — but from cost cutting. It’s that cost cutting that is keeping the unemployment rate at 9.5%, while allowing more of companies’ meager revenue growth to flow to the bottom line.How historic is this accomplishment? The New York Times calculated that at $1.66 trillion, U.S. corporations are on track for annualized profits that are the highest since such records were first kept back in 1950, and notes that the gains in profits are due mostly to rising productivity. That productivity boost came as workers spent more hours working, and getting paid less to do it. Specifically, between the third …

  12. Jeb Bush will make a terrible president, but not because he wants to stop a raise in minimum wage. THAT is SENSIBLE. Raising the minimum wage will only further drive up inflation, can’t you figure that out?? Already STARBUCKS has raised the price of coffee in the states that have raised the minimum wage. I don’t really care about Starbucks b/c I have done something most idiots can’t figure out is the BEST way to live. I’ve spent 45 years living well BELOW my means, so that I could easily have retired, on MY SAVINGS, at 45. But I did not. I kept studying hard, working hard, using my spare time to stay fit, acquire new technology and management skills, plan and start several small businesses, and btw, play a LOT of taxes. I spit on bums who make welfare a ‘way of life’. I think those people should be SHOT, as they are only SUCCUBI. The people who are physically or mentally handicapped, we should help with welfare dollars. But not the bums. DONALD TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT!!! FUCK OBUTTHE…

  13. As far as I am concerned, NONE of the POLITICIANS running for President are worth crossing the street to piss on. I am voting for DONALD TRUMP. A MAN’s MAN, a LADIES’ MAN, and a SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN. He cares about the ‘common man’ AND he LOVES the USA. He’s a self-made billionaire who declared bankruptcy several times but eventually clawed his way up to be worth more than 9 billion USA bucks. He is FUNDING his own RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY. He tells it like it IS too. People over the age of 35 who are still ‘liberals’ are either fulltime welfare BUMS or IDIOTS. EVENTUALLY one DOES grow UP, n’est-ce pas? We are born equal, but we do not stay that way. If you want a great life, it’s up to YOU. Live BELOW your means, don’t own a tv, use the public library to learn new skills via reading books, or studying free MOOC courses (and if you don’t know what those are, GOOGLE IT). I came from a family of 15 and today I own several businesses, employing over 400 people and I did it ON M…

  14. I am just curious, have you noticed that even though minimum wage has not been increased in years, the cost of everything else has gone up every year, do you know that even in Idaho, where the cost of living is considered low that you can not rent an apartment on minimum wage? The prices will always go up, for more profit, wouldn’t it be nice if for a change they went up a bit for the workers. They wouldn’t even have to raise prices, they could simply reduce the pay for the CEO’s from 500% more than the workers who actually make money for the boss, to say 200%more, still way above any other countries pay difference.

  15. SO violet weed you think we should go out and just shot ppl who are less fortunate then YOU….. ok .. if you think that . .you go first.. ok get your weapon and go do it…. you are some kinda super retarded for that remark… but hey .. YOU go first.. ok ready .. go .. 1 2.. 3 go .. ok waiting …. yah I thought so ….a huge internet troll noob..

  16. “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’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.” – Jeb Bush

    “Arbeit macht frei”
    “Work sets you free”
    On the gates of the Dachau concentration camp in Dachau, Germany.

    Draw your own conclusions.

  17. Bullshit. I did some checking, you had help from several relatives to get and keep your business.

    I served because you were too busy and greedy to do so.

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