Rep. Bill Young on Minimum Wage Hike: 'Get a Job'

The Republican congressman from Pinellas County's answer to a question about raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour has gone viral on YouTube.

A local Republican congressman's response to a question about the proposed minimum wage hike has gone viral on YouTube.

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, of Indian Shores, whose District 10 includes most of Pinellas County, was asked earlier this week by a constituent whether he supported the proposed increase.

The exchange, which was captured on video, was first highlighted by FLDemocracy and also reported by The Huffington Post:

"Jesse Jackson Jr. is passing a bill around to increase the minimum wage to 10 bucks an hour. Would you support that?" said the voter. 

"Probably not," replied Young, adding, "How about getting a job?"

The young man has a job, as he told the congressman: "I do have one." He said he makes $8.50 an hour.

"Well then, why do you want that benefit? Get a job," reiterated Young.

The YouTube video of the exchange had more than 25,000 views as of 8 a.m. Friday.

Florida's minimum wage pays $7.67 an hour, slightly above the federal level of $7.25, the Huffington Post reports.

"Rep. Jackson (D-Ill.) and 17 other House Democrats recently proposed legislation that would raise the federal minimum to $10 an hour," according to the news site.

Young's office did not return a Huffington Post request for comment.

Dick Cheney July 06, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Keepin' your foot on the back of the working man has been the game plan of the Republicant Party since Lincoln was shot. Against Minimum Wage. Against Social Security. Against Civil Rights. Against Voting Rights. Against Medicare. Against Medicaid. Against Universal HealthCare. Against Collective Bargaining. For the Moneyed Elite. For Big Business. For Corporate Welfare. For Tax Cuts for Wealthy.
Michael D. July 06, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I believe in a flat tax, everyone should be taxed the same percentage. No tax breaks for anyone. We are equal, so we should bs taxed equally as citizens. But i'm not for lowering the value of the dollar. In the last 16 years the minimum wage has increased 70.59%, but the average value of dollar has dropped by 40% in purchasing value. Raising the minimum wage doesn't help the middle class, it hurts it. It heals the upper class in business/tax write off. And temporarially helps the lower class until the prices adjust to the minimum of the market. Job creation not raising the minimum wage is what helps people, along with affordable education.
Karena Bowers Morrison July 07, 2012 at 12:30 AM
The voters of District 13 have an opportunity to join in the challenge of a Congressman that has lost connection with the voters over the past 42 years in office. Darren Ayres toured the District for 24 hours straight on July 5th and spoke with residents from many different walks of life. He understands how vital it is that the voters of the district have an active representative that will take the time to listen to their concerns and actively work to develop solutions to the issues that Americans are having to focus on in their daily lives. Let's replace the career politicians with people that understand how this economy is affecting their families and who are willing to engage with the people whom they are elected to represent. DON'T FORGET TO VOTE ON AUGUST 14th for Darren Ayres. I'm gong to challenge the media reach out to all those that are working hard to provide the voters with choices on their ballot in the August primary. Let's hear from Darren Ayres!! http://darrenayresforcongress.com/
Karena Bowers Morrison July 07, 2012 at 12:34 AM
You have a choice in the August primary... Check out http://darrenayresforcongress.com/
Karena Bowers Morrison July 07, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Darren Ayres is challenging Rep. Young in the August primary. Ayres is a hard working American that is determined to actively represent all of the families in this district. The 'establishment' will not acknowledge our campaign. It's up to 'We the People' to support a candidate in his challenge to bring Congress back to the 'People's House'. Please help spread the word & support Darren Ayres for Congress on August 14th. @darren_ayres
John Dolac July 07, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Why not raise the minimum wage to $18 an hour?
Torrey Craig July 07, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Young's comments fails to recognize the reality of the job market. There are very few open positions available in our communities. Our community has one of the highest unemployment rates for veterans. Veterans are one of the groups that Mr. Young claims to support. Where is the demonstrable evidence of this support? Instead we see ... we hear a range of dismissive comments directed towards us.
Michael D. July 07, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Our area has one the highest unemployment rates regardless of background. Real job creation is what will help.
un-delightful in Dunedin July 07, 2012 at 03:05 PM
After reading through all the comments, there is one common denominator. Those that want change can't just type and bitch about things. When election time comes around you need to go out and VOTE!!!!! that is the only way we can get change. If you know someone who doesn't have transportation take them with you. What is really sad is that Democrats out weigh the Republicans in the state of Florida but where are all our votes. Okay people you know what you need to do know go out and do it! Another novel idea help spread the word to help the right person get elected.
Anne Onomous July 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Hooray! A voice of reason - well worded and OH SO TRUE!
Torrey Craig July 07, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Anne ??? I know you ain't talkin' bout me!!! But who is gaining these huzzahs ??? BTW - Michael you are on target. un-delightful ... isn't our system built to toss out da bums ???
InsiderMyself July 07, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Bill, this video shows your age. Now refusing debates won't even help you! Here you are...sans the "aviator sunglasses" to help you look youthful. Won't work. Time to go and get a job yourself, old man. You will probably have to go back to school, as you never completed high school! Did you all know that? Yes, Bill Young had to get his G.E.D. Nice try Bill. You're done.
Anne Onomous July 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Torrey, my friend...... it was directed to "un-delightful" with no reference to any other previously stated comments by others. And yes, the system is built to toss out the bums..... but as "un-delightful" said....."Those that want change can't just type and bitch about things. When election time comes around you need to go out and VOTE!!!!!" .... Walking the talk goes SO much further than just moaning about it....it was a good point.
Anne Onomous July 07, 2012 at 04:50 PM
In the words of The Byrds..... "To every season, turn, turn, turn........"
Torrey Craig July 07, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Anne ... You right on the money as is "un-delightful." Our system of government is a participatory system, which means that folks gotta do more than just groan and moan. All to often people want it all delivered in a 15 second sound bite. As we know ... participation requires effort!!!
Anne Onomous July 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM
EXACTLY - maybe we need another "stimulus" bill to stimulate the masses :)
Sumpters July 07, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Jessica Ehrlich is the Democrat to vote for. Young needs to be beaten in this race!
Karena Bowers Morrison July 07, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The point to be made is that it will be easier to remove such an entrenched incumbent in the August primary where voter turn out is historically low. Removing Young in the primary will enable the voters to truly learn about the candidates who win the primary election. During the November general election, Ms. Ehrlich & Mr. Ayres will be more likely to engage in meaningful debate that will help us all develop solutions to the problems that the country faces.
Michael D. July 08, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Veing i have yet to miss an election I am not the cause of his comments. I vote independent due to viewing the two party system as part of the problem.
Michael D. July 08, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Veing should be Being.
Karena Bowers Morrison July 08, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Florida is a closed primary State. Unfortunately, by being registered as an independent, you are unable to vote in the primary. So basically, you empower others to make the decision for you about who will be on the general election ballot.
Michael D. July 08, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Choose a side that i disagree with because niether party cares about the average citizen just which special interest group is giving them money. So no they are not making decisions for me.
Karena Bowers Morrison July 08, 2012 at 12:51 AM
By 'others', I meant that the voters that are registered in either party are empowered to decided who will be on the general election ballot because they are allowed to vote in the primary. I'm advocating that you switch to the party that best represents your views & values and then educate yourself about all of the candidates that are running in that party. At a minimum, you will have a voice in who is on the ballot in the general election. Another option is to research all of the candidates before the July 16th deadline to register as a specific party, and register in the party of the candidate that best represents you. That way you will be able to vote for that person and potentially move them through the primary and into the general election. As a side note, Darren Ayres is NOT supported by any 'special interest funding'. His campaign is all grassroots volunteers and donors. Bill Young, on the other hand, gets 100's of thousands of dollars donated from outside the State. Whom do you think would be more interested in listening to the concerns from the voters of District 13. Check out the FEC reports of all of the candidates, and they will tell you where the candidates will stand when voting on legislation. http://darrenayresforcongress.com/about-darren/
Michael D. July 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Educate myself like seeing each one speak live? Or researchimg each candidate is getting their money and their past done. And not just for the major two parties. What you are suggesting is that true democracy where we are left with two parties who only truly answer to ghose who give them money. And before you say that isn't true i know many federal and state lobbysts that have proven other. Even your current candidate once you get past the state primary will have to answer to national money from their party.
rick barasso July 08, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Michael may have a valid point. If raising wages means higher prices and slows the economy down. The answer may not be a minimum wage law. The obvious answer using his logic is a MAXIMUM WAGE LAW! Again using his logic if you limit the maximum money tbose at the top can make. This would lower the cost of goods and help tbe economic growth. For instance if the CEO of Harley Davidson didn't make $6,500,000 or over 120 times what the average worker at HD makes, in his 1st 8 months on the job, the cost of a harley would be less. I think you may have something here Michael...
rick barasso July 08, 2012 at 05:19 PM
As for Mr. Young, in a state dominated by the likes of Rick Scott and Marco Rubio and the rest of the Teaparty heros, Mr. Young seems about right(no pun intended)...
Michael D. July 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Rick you are the first one to get it. The problem isn't the minimum, but the maximum. The average CEO makes 400 times the average employee.
rick barasso July 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I wouldn't say the problem isn't the minimum, that eating and roof over the head thing is kind of important. Or as the Republicans might say, There's 24 hours in a day, if your not working 20 of those hours, your lazy.
Michael D. July 08, 2012 at 09:21 PM
It the value of the door corrects itself it will not be an issue. Then again minimum wage isn't for families to survive on.
Michael D. July 08, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Door should be dollar.


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