As we get down to the wire in the Republican Primary Governor’s race, watch for desperate candidates to say and do stupid things. Downstate Republican Senator Bill Brady, who has been running a reasonably good campaign, is getting frustrated because he feels his slim chances to become his party’s nominee slipping away-- due to the fact that he can’t raise any funds and the frontrunner, mega-millionaire Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner (who funded Brady in the 2010 Gov general election race), can rely on his own net worth and his rich supporters to keep his campaign coffers overflowing.
--Slipping into nonsense with Liberal Lisnek
Talking minimum wages yesterday with CLTV’s Paul Lisnek on “Politics Tonight,” Brady was led into nonsense by the chaotic and muddled mind of the biased, liberal newsman Lisnek. Lisnek brought up, apparently with favor, what he described as the view of Republican Primary U. S Senate candidate Jim Oberweis. Lisnek said Oberweis favored having a higher minimum wage for older workers (say those over 25) than for younger workers- who are often working entry level jobs.
Brady: There’s a big difference, he’s right. A big difference between--
Lisnek: A minimum wage for those who are [under]25 and for those who are supporting their family
Brady: [But], we have got to make sure we aren’t eliminating opportunities, though, for even them. Right now, our (the IL minimum wage is $8.25/hr) is higher than the federal level ($7.25/hr), higher than all surrounding states, so we want to make sure we don’t lose businesses to other states, but there is certainly a legitimate argument that the minimum wage should be different for someone who is trying to put themselves through high school or college by earning a little income as opposed to someone who is trying to build a career and raise a family.
--Oberweis to Lisnek to Brady
Folks, can you see how nonsense creeps into the usual, clear thinking mind of Senator Bill Brady? First, Jim Oberweis, in an effort to appear more centrist and less gaffe prone than he was when he ran for office three times from 2001 to 2006, tells the liberal Lisnek what Oberweis thinks Lisnek wants to hear, i.e. we should have minimum wages- but maybe a lower minimum wage for less skilled, entry level workers.
Then, the liberal Lisnek sucks Brady into the line of thinking that minimum wages are good—and we should increase the minimum wage-- just don’t increase it as much for entry level workers as for those heading a family. Then Brady, in an attempt to placate his liberal TV show host Lisnek, says yes—have a higher minimum wage for the guy with the family.
--If Brady can pander to Lisnek, why not pander to the IEA?
Gee, Bill, if you want to be a liberal, why not have fifteen different minimum wages for fifteen different age groups. Better yet, fifteen different minimum wages for fifteen different talk show hosts. You see how easy it is to slip into saying nonsense—once you start pandering to the media or funders. Gee, Bill, why don’t you copy Senator Dillard and tell the Illinois Education Association whatever it wants to hear—and maybe they will give you $250,000, too. Sheesh.
In economics, the saying is bad money drives out good. In Illinois Republican politics, bad pols and bad, biased, newsmen drive out good pols. Can the Illinois Republican Party and free market economics survive the likes of Paul Lisnek? Don’t bet on it.