In a New York Times op-ed Senator Darius Holmes (D-MN) decried the state of the economy saying that the increase in jet fuel prices has made it increasingly difficult for the average American to afford their commute to work.
His op-ed reads “When my aide showed me my bill for the jet fuel I was flabbergasted. How is the average American even supposed to afford filling up their Learjet? The price of jet fuel is getting slightly expensive.” The piece goes on to say that even in the unlikely event an individual can’t afford a private plane, limousine rates are skyrocketing leaving ordinary citizens with few options to commute to work.
The op-ed continued its criticism of the current job market by condemning the fact that many Americans had to employ actual physical labor to make anywhere close to livable income, which Holmes pegged at $100k. “Many citizens wake as early 6:00 am in order to go work with their hands often leaving them sore and tired until the day ends. This is unacceptable. We shouldn’t force the good people of our country to live in third world conditions.” Even after working nearly 35 hours a week many people can’t afford a television larger than fifty inches, the op-ed claims.
The senator wrapped up his piece by saying he’s working to initiate a bill which would subsidize Americans paychecks by raising the minimum wage to $25 an hour. Holmes pushed back against the critics of minimum wage by saying the concern of inflation is ridiculous. “Inflation makes the numbers on your paychecks bigger. Everyone knows that big numbers are better than tiny numbers.”