Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Tuesday, and was asked by co-host Mika Brzezinski whether he supports raising the minimum wage, as do most Democrats.
Judging by the way Mika couched the question - and her reaction to Gates - she didn't get the answer she was looking for. Here's Mika:
“What do you think about the minimum wage? Should it be raised? And should we want to see models more like Costco - where companies pay their employees a lot more than the minimum wage?”
Ah, the proverbial loaded question. Anyway, Mika was a bit flummoxed by this answer from Gates:
“Well, jobs are a great thing. So you have to be a bit careful: If you raise the minimum wage, you're encouraging labor substitution, and you're going to go buy machines and automate things — or cause jobs to appear outside of that jurisdiction. And so within certain limits, you know, it does cause job destruction. If you really start pushing it, then you're just making a huge trade-off.”
Given that Bill Gates tends to lean left politically, was Mika anticipating he would “automatically” support raising the minimum wage? If so, here's a bit of advice for Mika: As any good prosecuting attorney knows, never ask a question for which you don't already know the answer.