Here's the exchange, courtesy of Republicans & NeoCons:
Todd: Where are you on the minimum wage? Do you believe in it and would you raise it?
Brat: Minimum wage, I’m a free market guy. Our labor markets right now are already distorted from too many regulations. I think Cato estimates that 2 trillion dollars of regulatory problems and then throw Obamacare on top of that. The work hours is thirty a week….There’s just distortion after distortion and we wonder why out labor markets are broken.
Todd: Should there be a minimum wage in your opinion?
Brat: Ummm…I, I…I don’t have a well crafted responses on that one. All I know is if you take the long run graph over two hundred years of the wage rate, it can not differ from your nation’s productivity so you can’t make up wage rates, right. I would love to for everyone…in Africa for example. all the children of God to make a hundred dollars an hour, right > I would love just to assert that would be the case, but you can’t assert that unless you raise the productivity and then the wage follows…
Todd: It sounds like you’re making the case against a federally mandated minimum wage.
Brat: I’m just making the case I’ve just made, You can’t artificially make up wage rates, they have to be related to productivity.
Obviously the man replied that he's a mendacious cockscab who thinks the Invisible Hand is tied by too many regulations and Obamacare. He doesn't believe the lazy people who are only working 30 hours a week should get a raise unless they work hard enough to satisfy the Free Market. But he'll throw in something about God's Children Africa because that'll appease the blahs and white guilt liberals and everyone will admire his Can Tan.
I don't know enough U.S. productivity to say where it stands in relation to productivity and wages 200 years ago and whether current productivity supports an increase in the minimum wage, but based on the rest of his answer, I'm going to assume that's a big fucking lie as well.
But what about that 30 hour work week? Here I think this polecat's ass might actually have been trying to be cute. He could have pulled this number out of the place he keeps his emergency bottle of AquaNet, but it is far more likely he's ignoring the fact that many employers are cutting hours to part-time so not only do they they not have to give employees any sort of benefits, but people are forced to get a second part-time job to survive.
I guess one good thing about this win is he'll have less time to spew bullshit over helpless college students at Randolph-Macon. However, I think it would be better if he spent a few months reminding everyone that the Republican Party : Good Governance :: Kinko the Kid Loving Clown is to Mary Poppins and then lost to fellow R-M econ. professor Jack Trammel.
But I'm sorry, I can't stop laughing at the comment about Africa. How many synapses had to misfire to make him mention a continent on the other damn side of the planet in the discussion about the U.S. minimum wage?