Jeb Bush Attacks The Federal Minimum Wage, ‘Leave It To The Private Sector’ (VIDEO)

At a campaign stop in South Carolina on Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush replied to an audience member’s question about the minimum wage. Bush declared that while minimum wage laws at the state level are fine, the federal government should butt out.

“We need to leave it to the private sector. I think state minimum wages are fine. The federal government shouldn’t be doing this.”

Jeb Bush has embraced the plight of income inequality in an apparent attempt to gain support for a 2016 presidential run. Sadly, his opposition of a federal minimum wage reveals he only cries crocodile tears for those affected by the wealth gap.

If Bush were to become President and his dream to kill the federal minimum wage were realized, the consequences to America’s poor and middle class would be catastrophic. The private sector would dismantle state minimum wage laws and screw people into accepting employment for the lowest wage they can get away with.

While 3.1 million workers earned an income boost from state minimum wage increases in January, economic experts like Robert Reich feel that’s not good enough. Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, believes an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 would be highly effective at combating income inequality.

Bush is at odds with the American people on the topic of minimum wage as well. A CBS-New York Times poll conducted in September revealed that 70% support President Obama’s proposal to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

The man who would like to become America’s third President Bush claims his lack of support for a federal minimum wage makes him a champion of the poor and middle class:

“…the federal government doing this will make it harder and harder for the first rung of the ladder to be reached, particularly for young people, particularly for people that have less education.”

As President George W. Bush once not-so-eloquently said:

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”

Will America’s poor and middle class heed W’s advice, or will we be fooled into electing a third Bush to the office of the Presidency? This is one time I hope we listen to W.

Watch Jeb Bush speak about minimum wage in South Carolina:

H/T: Think Progress