Is it really that hard to believe that a Fox News host would skew facts to the point that its simply a bold-faced lie?
Bill O’Reilly did just that on Wednesday, claiming that an “infinitesimal” number of people make minimum wage in America, adding that President Obama has been “misleading everybody” by insisting on a raise for the country’s hardest working people.
President Obama in the State of The Union Address on Tuesday looked squarely to Republicans, leaned in with the kind of swagger we haven’t seen since his last campaign and said:
If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest working people in America a raise.
O’Reilly decided to downplay the effects of raising the minimum wage by claiming that very few would be affected by a raise. Sorry, Bill, but here’s some simple facts from the Congressional Budget Office and the Economic Policy Institute:
- 27.8 million Americans would benefit from a raise to $10.10 per hour. That’s nearly 10% of our population.
- the ripple effects would reach another 16.5 million
- Working Americans would earn more than $35 billion over the course of the phase in period.
- More than a million people would be lifted out of poverty.
How is that “infinitesimal?” Those numbers are staggering. The effects would trickle up, (imagine that), strengthening our economy, increasing our GDP, and decreasing the number of people on public assistance.
Why is Bill O’Reilly and every other Republican so opposed to raising the minimum wage? Well that’s the easiest question in the universe to answer. It would put more money in the pockets of people who need it. It would put less money in the pockets of the tax-dodgers and one percenters who don’t need it.
Wealth inequality is one of the most difficult issues our country faces. History tells us that when the middle class thrives the country prospers. People can’t reach the middle class when corporate profiteers take what we earn for them and sock it away offshore rather than paying their employees what they’re worth.
It’s lies like this that caused the White House staff to omit the word “news” from Fox reporters’ placecards at the SOTU luncheon.
Watch O’Reilly’s stupidity below courtesy of Media Matters: