There are few groups that conservatives hate more than the working poor.
After all the fact that you can break your back working under the rotten yoke of capitalism and yet remain broke, struggling, and even homeless really undercuts their most beloved myth that hard work in America is a straight path to riches and success.
So when they can’t accuse the poor of being lazy, as they would with the jobless, conservatives instead pivot to calling them stupid and irresponsible.
Such was the case recently when a guy named Jake Neidert fired off a tweet claiming that a minimum wage income is perfectly adequate if you’re not living a foolishly lavish lifestyle containing things like “entertainment.”
For context the federal minimum wage is currently a measly $7.25 an hour for a grand total of approximately $14,500 a year.
Fact: minimum wage is livable if you cut out entertainment, alcohol, drug, and eating out costs. Minimum wage isn’t supposed to support a 6 figure lifestyle— Jakè Neidert (@Jakeandbake336) May 20, 2019
Thankfully the good folks on Twitter.com were in no mood for Jake’s tired, aristocratic bullsh*t and he was roasted worse than a forgotten beef patty on a closed grill.
Wut? Did you get a head injury?— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 22, 2019
This is only true if you think it's still the 1960s— hootsuite riot (@AmyDentata) May 21, 2019
Minimum wage is livable if you cut out living.— Will-Mun (@TheWillMun) May 21, 2019
Fun Fact: this is a dilettante who has never lived on anything close to minimum wage. https://t.co/wfSz88hTj7— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) May 22, 2019
Poor Jakey was doused with gallon after gallon of cold facts and drenched with basic math.
Fact: minimum wage is liveable if you cut out:— Bird Farm farm (@hatulimyafim) May 21, 2019
- transportation https://t.co/O2XHJ07tjb
Fact: Jake is wrong, it is not liveable, which is why so many work 2 or 3 jobs just to survive. Rather than coldly accuse people of wanting luxury, we should pay people enough to live.— Wonkette (@Wonkette) May 21, 2019
Thank You for coming to our TED Talk.
Sit down, big boy. “A full-time minimum-wage job doesn’t pay well enough to afford rent. In Kansas, where the state minimum wage is $7.25, you’d need to make $10.53 an hour to afford a studio. To rent a one-bedroom at minimum wage, you’d need to work 67 hours a week.”— AlwaysAshley (@AshleyFrankly) May 21, 2019
Okay... let's try this in your city, Waco:— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) May 21, 2019
Full-time minimum wage: $14,500/year.
Splitting a 2 bedroom apartment in Waco: $5400/year.
Car (because it's TX): $6000/year.
Income tax: $1400.
WITHOUT FOOD, you're already at $14,300 in yearly expenses.
Food is reserved for those on a six-figure income, along with other luxuries, as the man pointed out.🤦🏻♀️— Robin O'Hearn 🍀 (@RobinOHearn) May 22, 2019
I'd love to see this with expenses broken down in any realistic scenario, especially in a big city. Because it literally can't be done.— Chris Franklin (@Campster) May 21, 2019
Plus, hey, you'd also have to cut healthcare, you're assuming no kids/dependents, you're surely cutting needed utilities, etc.
I just finished a month-long investigative piece into women and poverty in the US. The majority of minimum wage workers are women. Min wage is $5 below the Fed poverty level. So smug comments like @Jakeandbake336's here are incalculably ignorant. No one deserves to be poor. https://t.co/pl2spO0Zmi— Victoria Brownworth #EqualityActNow (@VABVOX) May 22, 2019
Try some math again.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) May 21, 2019
need tips for surviving on minimum wage? instead of eating lavish turkey slices for lunch, try licking the moss from a nearby tree stump. instead of blasting the A/C all summer, stare into the sun and dare God to kill you.— Law Boy, Esq. (@The_Law_Boy) May 22, 2019
Judging from his other recent tweets this joker is overflowing with terrible opinions like a concert porta potty on day three.
Abortion is worse than rape because while rape is a horrible and indefensible crime, the victim is left with their life. Abortion is the murder of the victim, who is left with no life.— Jakè Neidert (@Jakeandbake336) May 19, 2019
If only he could feel shame.
Imagine being this loud and wrong. https://t.co/tRR84jWyrJ— Serial Procrastibaker (@lkcalloway) May 21, 2019
How Christian of you, Jake.— Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) May 21, 2019