This one goes into the “47%” category.
In an interview with the Manchester Union-Leader, the first-in-the-nation primary state’s most-read paper, former Florida Gov Jeb Bush insisted “people should work longer hours”, as a key part of his plan to drive higher economic growth.
Bush has argued that his economic plan could allow the US to achieve average growth rates of 4% “as far as the eye can see”, a figure most economists believe is unrealistic for a mature economy like the United States. The “longer hours” comment was in reference to the historically low labor force participation rates the United States has seen in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis.
And who was president when we had that economic crisis in 2008? Who was the guy who took our budget surplus and gave it all away to Wall Street and the war machine?
People are already working longer hours than other countries, and many of them are working more than one job at low wages — often without benefits like health insurance — in order to make ends meet.
But numerous public opinion surveys and economic studies have shown that US workers log more hours than workers in any other industrial economy. The majority of Americans already work more than 40 hours a week. In fact, a 2014 Gallup poll found that 40% currently work more than 50 hours a week. The average American worked 11 hours per week more in 2006 than they or the equivalent worker did in 1979.
I’m sure there are a lot of Republicans who agree with Mr. Bush on this. And that’s the problem. But then, what do you expect from someone who’s never held a full-time job in the private sector in his life.