The Amazing Raise

  • Aired:  12/05/13
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Fast food workers demand a livable wage, and the financial news media explains why this will destroy the very foundation of America's democracy. (4:04)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY

SHOW". MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

TONIGHT'S GUEST -- WE HAVE AGOOD ONE UNIVISION AND FUSION

ANCHOR JORGE RAMOS IS JOININGUS.

FIRST IF IT TOOK YOU A

LITTLE BIT LONGER TO GET YOURSAUSAGE McMUFFIN THIS MORNING

IT WASN'T BECAUSE THIS YEAR'SSAUSAGE CROP HAS SUFFERED A

PARTICULARLY POOR CONGEAL.

>> STAGING A WALKOUT SAYING IT'SNEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SURVIVE ON

$7.25 AN HOUR.

>> Jon: THE WAGES ARE SO LOWSOME FAST FOOD WORKERS HAVE HAD

TO RESORT A LIFE OF CRIME.

[ LAUGHTER ]OR WORSE PROSTITUTION.

[ LAUGHTER ]YOU HAVE A PRETTY MOUTH THERE

GRIMACE.

[ LAUGHTER ]SO THE QUESTION IS: RAISE THE

MINIMUM WAGE FROM THE VERYDIFFICULT TO LIVE ON $7.25 AN

HOUR TO SOMETHING MORE LIVABLE.

IT SEEMS REASONABLE FOR ANINDUSTRY THAT IS THAT

PROFITABLE.

SO LET'S HEAR WHY IT WILLDESTROY THE VERY FOUNDATION OF

OUR DEMOCRACY.

>> LET'S GIVE PEOPLE MOREPURCHASING POWER.

>> THAT'S THE KEYNSIAN VIEW.

>> GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE.

HOW IS THAT GOVERNMENT -- YESI'M SICK OF THESE WELFARE QUEENS

SUCKELLING AT THE TEET OF THEEMPLOYER THEY WORK FOR.

THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT KICKING INTHE EXTRA MONEY BUT PAINTING A

RAISE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE ASAKIN TO WELFARE PALES IN

COMPARISON TO THE NEXT ARGUMENTWELL, THESE JOBS ARE SUPPOSED TO

SUCK.

>> I'M A BIG FAN OF EMPOWERMENTOVER ENTITLEMENT.

THESE MINIMUM WAGE JOBS ARE NOTMEANT TO BE LIFE LONG JOBS.

YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO GET YOURFOOT IN THE DOOR AND GET SKILLS.

>> IT'S LIKE A STARTER GIG..

A FRIER'S APPRENTICESHIP, IFWILL YOU.

A GRILL SQUIRE.

NOW I KNOW WHAT YOU ARETHINKING.

JON, THESE ARGUMENTS AGAINSTRAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE ARE

ENTERTAININGLY (bleep) BUT IFEEL LIKE I NEED MORE OF THEM.

IS THERE ANY WAY I COULDSUPERSIZE THEM?

[LAUGHTER]WITH A SIDE OF SLIPPERY SLOPE.

>> WHAT SHOULD THE MINIMUM WAGEBE.

>> $15, $20.

>> WHY NOT $50.

>> WHY NOT RAISE IT AT $45 ANHOUR.

>> WHY STOP AT $15.

WHY NOT RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGETO $100,000.

>> Jon: AND THEN --[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[LAUGHTER]-- AND THEN --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]WE COULD ALL LIVE LIKE KINGS.

[ LAUGHTER ]BURGER KINGS!

[LAUGHTER][ APPLAUSE ]

BUT LET'S -- LET'S FOR A MOMENTENGAGE HER ARGUMENT SEEING AS

SHE IS MAKING THIS ARGUMENT ON AFINANCIAL NEWS NETWORK.

THE REASON YOU DON'T RAISE THEMINIMUM WAGE TO $100,000 AN HOUR

IS BECAUSE IT WOULD BEUNREASONABLE ECONOMICALLY FOR

SOMEONE WORKING THEDRIVE-THROUGH TO MAKE $4 MILLION

A WEEK.

[ LAUGHTER ]BUT I FEEL LIKE THERE MIGHT BE A

REASONABLE PLACE IN BETWEEN THE$290 A WEEK THEY MAKE NOW AND

THE $4 MILLION A WEEK YOUSUGGEST.

[ LAUGHTER ]PERHAPS WE CAN COME TO A

NEGOTIATED COMPROMISE.

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