Democratic Socialist Candidate for U.S. Congress Calls for $30 Minimum Wage

Rebecca Parsons, who is running for U.S. Congress in Washington State’s 6th District, could very well be one of the most radical candidates to ever run for federal office.

Among her many zany positions, Parsons, who also happens to be a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, is pushing a $30 federal minimum wage.

According to Parsons, the “$15 minimum wage is an antiquated demand. It should be $30 per hour.”

She added, “1 adult supporting 1 kid needs $30 an hour across the country. Rural, urban, suburban: $30 is the floor.”

So, as inflation is at a 41-year-high of 8.5 percent and Americans are struggling to make ends meet, Parsons thinks it is a good idea to more than quadruple the current minimum wage. Apparently, she does not understand that this single move would put an economy already on the brink over the cliff.

However, that is just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to Parsons’ radical agenda.

Per her campaign website, Parsons also supports the following:

  • “Universal rent control nationwide” and a “Declaration of housing as a human right”
  • “Severe financial penalties for municipalities that criminalize the existence of homeless people”
  • “The Green New Deal to transition our economy to 100% renewable energy by 2030”
  • “Justice and equity for vulnerable communities on the front lines of climate change, especially communities of color, indigenous communities, poor people, and rural communities”
  • “Single-payer healthcare to mitigate the array of negative health outcomes related to climate change”
  • “Eliminate co-pays and deductibles, so you can go to the doctor when you’re sick without worrying about how you’ll pay for it”
  • “Nationwide mail-in ballots, so everyone in the country can enjoy the same convenient voting we have in our state”
  • “Free tuition at public colleges and universities throughout the country”
  • “A one-time cancellation of all student debt”
  • “Free, universal preschool for children between ages three and five”
  • “Free, universal childcare”
  • “Abolish ICE”

So, how would all of these “freebies” be paid for? Well, Parsons does not address that on her website. Like almost all socialists, Parsons loves to throw money at problems. Yet, as Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

PHOTO: Democratic Socialists prepping to march. Photo by Scott 97006. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Chris Talgo ([email protected]) is the editorial director and a research fellow at The Heartland Institute, as well as a researcher and contributing editor at