When Rick Scott was asked at last night's debate what the minimum wage should be, he may have given one of the only truly honest answers we've heard from him.
He responded: "How would I know?"
Indeed. How would he know? He isn't even remotely interested in considering the subject of a minimum wage. After all, the minimum wage "makes him cringe."
His full answer was "How would I know? The private sector decides wages."
Apparently one of the things Scott doesn't understand about the job he's supposedly been doing for almost four years now is that he would have a hand in "deciding wages." Having a minimum wage means the private sector doesn't get to choose to pay their workers barely enough to get by, as many of them are doing right now in Florida. Worse, not only has he blocked a path to minimum wage, he's also helped make sure that many workers have to work even when they're sick. Without pay.
"How would I know?" Says the man who doesn't understand why you don't see what a virtual paradise this is for hard working people in Florida who make....who knows what?
Paradise for working people, to the millionaire Medicare fraud ignoring former hospital executive who purchased the governor's office, is a place where a ticket to the Happiest Place On Earth for a family of five would take a much less than minimum wage earner a over a month to earn, be they healthy or running a fever and sneezing all over their customers or co-workers for their trouble. (Something that Scott might want to look into the next time he's criticizing others for their infectious diseases preparedness guidelines.) Of course that same wage earner would never dream of purchasing a ticket to a theme park. They can barely afford to feed their families and pay rent. Besides, they probably have a second job on the weekends just to make ends meet anyway.
"How would I know?" Says the man whose state poverty rate has climbed higher than the national average since he and his millions purchased the governor's office.
"How would I know?" Says the man who clearly doesn't know, or care, what the little people he's been ignoring for years actually make.
Perhaps he should have just said "What do I care?"