2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush set les interwebz aflame last night when he was quoted by ABC News saying “people need to work longer hours” as the economy recovers.
“My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see,” Bush said during a livestreamed interview in New Hampshire. “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’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.”
That was an underhanded toss down the middle of the plate, and prohibitive Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton swung:
Anyone who believes Americans aren't working hard enough hasn't met enough American workers. pic.twitter.com/wyS1p8zcDo
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 9, 2015
Anyone who discounts 6.5 million people stuck in part-time work & seeking full-time jobs hasnt listened to working Americans @hillaryclinton
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) July 9, 2015
Per ABC News, Bush maintained the statement about longer hours was in reference to part-time or underemployed workers. Nonetheless, Americans already work longer hours than much of the western world, and for stagnating wages. President Barack Obama’s most recent push, in fact, has been to strengthen overtime pay.
Could this be, possibly, maybe, the beginning of an actual policy debate? Nah.
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