Dem congressional candidate says $15 minimum wage is ‘antiquated’: ‘$30 is the floor’

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Washington state congressional candidate and proud Democratic Socialists of America member, Rebecca Parson, is calling for a $30 an hour minimum wage because $15 an hour just isn’t enough for the working class and is an “antiquated demand.”

The gay activist and substitute teacher is running for a seat in Washington’s 6th District. That particular district has been a Democrat stronghold for 55 years. Derek Kilmer, the Democratic incumbent in the district whom Parson considers too conservative, was easily re-elected in 2016 with over 63 percent of the vote, according to Current Affairs.

The district reportedly has a radical history of labor organization. The area is still home to a substantial contingent of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Parson is running on a pro-union platform that includes Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and a suite of other progressive proposals. She’s also a huge proponent of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s social policies and a homeless advocate.

“$15 minimum wage is an antiquated demand. It should be $30 per hour,” Parson tweeted, pushing her socialist narrative.

“1 adult supporting 1 kid needs $30 an hour across the country. Rural, urban, suburban: $30 is the floor. As you say your nightly prayers to Saint Elon while you fall asleep tonight, reflect on why you punch down on poor people instead of up at your heavenly billionaire,” she caustically sneered.

“Nobody should be poor in the richest country on Earth,” she added.

Parson got her membership card in the Democratic Socialists of America following the election of Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the House of Representatives.

She lost her bid in Washington’s nonpartisan primary election for the 6th Congressional District seat in 2020. Parson only won 13.5 percent of the vote that time around, which is approximately 35,631 votes.

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) won the primary election with 47.3 percent of the vote, which was approximately 125,019 votes. He would later win the general election.

In an interview with Fox News, Parson stated that a $30 minimum wage was necessary because a $15 minimum wage “is no longer commensurate with real-world conditions.”

“I’m calling for a federal minimum wage of $30 because that’s the floor across the country for one working adult to be able to support one child. From rural to urban to suburban areas in the Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii, the federal minimum wage isn’t enough to support a family, and neither is $15 an hour. The Fight for $15 campaign started 10 years ago and the demand is no longer commensurate with real-world conditions,” Parson asserted.

Parson has a graduate degree in poetry from Johns Hopkins. She is the daughter of a U.S. foreign service officer, who was raised abroad and has a global socialist viewpoint. After college, she worked as a human rights observer in an indigenous community in Mexico alongside militants and spent time as a staffer at the International Association of Genocide Scholars. She also claims to be a practicing Catholic.

“There’s a difference between a jingoism with blind fealty and someone who truly cares. When right-wingers come and guard the flag with their guns — that’s the kind of empty jingoism that rings hollow to me. The flag is a symbol of ideals and principles,” she said, according to Religion News Service.

“Patriotism, on the other hand, is when you believe in protecting the Constitution and what it stands for. I believe the document and the context it was written in is deeply flawed, but I also believe deeply in the values it espouses. Everyone should be treated equally, and we should try to apply laws so that this value is increasingly upheld. That’s something that’s really important to me — and that can’t happen when our ideas of patriotism are empty of duty and honor. We need to reclaim those,” Parson asserted, espousing socialist talking points.


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