Democrats stil looking for a fight over minimum-wage hike

posted at 6:41 pm on June 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The unemployment rate and the economy are more or less stalled out; young people are disproportionately unemployed; businesses are reducing hours and hiring fewer workers; and crushing federal regulations are raising the costs of doing business and dragging on entrepreneurialism — but heck, by all means, let’s just keep on keepin’ on down that road of damaging central planning and top-down market intervention by applying an arbitrary and politically-determined wage standard, because it feels good. If you’re at all into growing a robust economy, creating good jobs, and engendering widespread prosperity, then raising the price of hiring for employers is one of most fundamentally terrible and counter-productive polices you can advocate… but when has that ever stopped the Democrats?

In his State of the Union address last February, President Obama suddenly reintroduced the idea of hiking the national minimum wage — it’s a standard progressive go-to, and Congressional Democrats have glommed onto the suggestion with all the force of intellectually cheap and self-righteous populism. Congressional Republicans haven’t even hinted that they’d entertain the notion of raising as well as indexing the minimum wage, but the Democrats are still trying to move forward with it  (and I have zero doubts that it will be one of their preferred distraction-from-the-actual-issues, Republicans-must-really-hate-poor-people- memes come campaign season Summer 2014 — because who really cares that minimum wage laws actually hurt the working poor the most?). Via Roll Call:

The proposal to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour was a surprise policy addition to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in February, and Republicans in Congress generally see it as dead on arrival. …

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a longtime champion of higher wages, says the issue likely will simmer until the 2014 campaign season. “States are ahead of us,” Harkin said. “There may be a disagreement over how much, but people realize we’ve got to do it.”

Obama and other party leaders will use the 75th anniversary of the enactment of the Depression-era law setting a wage benchmark on June 25 to rally support for their push to raise the minimum wage.

Obama’s proposal would raise the minimum wage in two steps and would mandate annual indexing for inflation. Some Democrats, including Harkin, have gone beyond the president’s plan, endorsing an increase to $10.10 within three years, before automatic increases begin.

Democrats plan to focus on the fact that eighteen individual states now have their own minimum wage laws that go higher than the federal standard as evidence of supposed popular support for a national increase — but the fact that a handful of states have been jumping off of the employment bridge doesn’t mean that the entire country should, too. I really have no idea from where it is these Democrats believe the money for raising the price of employing people is going to come. I think that they think that eeevil corporations and fat cats sitting on their ill-begotten piles of gold will finally get their comeuppance, or something, but here in the real world, more expensive jobs translates into fewer jobs and/or higher prices — neither of which help to create the economic opportunities of which Americans are sorely in need.


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if only the GOP had a backbone…… They would have stopped this Lame Duck already.

#gopthedeadparty

PappyD61 on June 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

If you stick your finger in your nose often enough…

it eventually ends up in your mouth.

singlemalt 18 on June 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Dumb. Could have passed a $50 an hour minimum wage months ago and left it to die.

El_Terrible on June 19, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Why?

Because Democrats understand economics about as well as they grasp abortion ethics…

I’m just about ready to shrug if the amnesty bill passes both houses and vote straight ticket D for the first time ever and let them destroy the nation once and for all…

harlekwin15 on June 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Why not?

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Everything they do is hinged to symbolism or ideology. Go ahead and raise the min wage idjits, as long as there is a compression factor to increase wages at the same time for those who actually worked/studied to earn better money.

waterytart on June 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

He won’t be happy until we have the same economy as Greece or Venezuela.

RoadRunner on June 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Why? Because it plays in Peoria. “Want 20 bucks an hour for that job in the laundromat? Vote for me!” The stupid voter has no clue his job will go bye-bye as soon as it passes.

Rational Thought on June 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Democrats plan to focus on the fact that eighteen individual states now have their own minimum wage laws that go higher than the federal standard as evidence of supposed popular support for a national increase

Meaning the other 32 states don’t think it’s good policy to raise it at all, and $9 puts that at 49 states (and Washington, the only one above $9, still has exceptions).

Freakin’ let the states decide.

theperfecteconomist on June 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM

I must not be smart enough to see what is gained for employer or employee in pricing their labor into oblivion….

embrace the illegal immigrant way of life amigo step into the shadows and work under el table if you’re working poor….

harlekwin15 on June 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Youth unemployment in Greece is north of 60%. Just saying.

theperfecteconomist on June 19, 2013 at 7:03 PM

A raise in the minimum just before amnesty. If both pass, anyone wanna bet Dems won’t use them next election in a pitch to all those newly-minted Hispanic Democrats?

Liam on June 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Perhaps the Democrats think all those people, who are unemployed now, will be able to work if they add an additional burden on the employer to hire them. Democrats are really stupid, when it comes to economics.

bflat879 on June 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Why…

Cause scandalpalooza is pissin’ off voters and we democrats need to direct that hate properly…at Republicans & White trash…

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 7:31 PM

They could have raised the minimum wage in ’09-’10 if they really had wanted it raised. The sky was the limit!!!

That is actually what the ‘rats are working for now. A ‘rat house majority elected in ’14 so they have 2 years to totally destroy this country, and ensure that they and theirs are NOT subject to any of the laws they pass for us serfs.

ladyingray on June 19, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Just raise it to $1,000 an hour and get it over with.

The next day 1/2 the country will have more than met the Fed goal of 2% “inflation”.

Viva Socialism, the great equalizer!!!

PappyD61 on June 19, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Despite the continuing efforts of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama, the US economy isn’t dead yet.

They don’t give up easy, though.

Adjoran on June 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Just raise it to $1,000 an hour and get it over with.

The next day 1/2 the country will have more than met the Fed goal of 2% “inflation”.

Viva Socialism, the great equalizer!!!

PappyD61 on June 19, 2013 at 8:03 PM

…so illegals will be paid $500 an hour?

KOOLAID2 on June 19, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I think the Republicans should offer to up it to $18 an hour then make the DemocRATs argue it back down to $9 or whatever.

Knott Buyinit on June 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Minimum wage unintentionally teaches budgeting, planning, responsibility & dependability. Born poor & my friends as well, we quickly learned that we would have to work for the things we wanted. Cheap jeans & T-shirts, gym shoes from the sale rack, used baseball glove, & a hand-me-down beater of a car in my Sr yr. of HS. There are no summer jobs for kids this year. You keep demanding more of the small business owner & they’ll keep removing opportunities from our youth. Democrats just don’t get it.

RdLake on June 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

They have to raise the minimum wage so people that are cut back to 29 hours a week have enough to live on!

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

There are no summer jobs for kids this year. You keep demanding more of the small business owner & they’ll keep removing opportunities from our youth. Democrats just don’t get it.

RdLake on June 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Maybe not the rank-and-file, but you’d better believe the top dogs know what they’re up to.

Get enough young people idle and angry over being flipped half a peace sign by everyone down to fast-’food’ joints and you have the beginnings of a riot…or worse.

That is their long-term goal.

MelonCollie on June 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Democrats stil looking for a fight over minimum-wage hike

I presume that’s a minimum-L headline?

Of course, if I were the Democrats trying to spin away Obama using the IRS to lean on political opponents, expanding the NSA to spy on even Americans with no links at all to foreign terrorists, covering up the completely preventable death of a US ambassador and other staff in Benghazi, covering up the State Department obstructing embarrassing investigations, falsely accusing reporters of crimes in order to allow secretly seizing evidence they would not be allowed to secretly seize otherwise, HHS asking for “voluntary” donations from the same people they are regulating in order to raise funding for things that Congress refused to authorize spending for, the EPA playing favorites with Freedom of Information requests, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General not being allowed to talk to any IRS employees without IRS management present, the Obama administration getting caught delaying the IRS IG report from getting published until 6 months AFTER the presidential election — and much, much more — then I guess I might be trying to change the subject to any policy issue that distracts from all that corruption.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 20, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Since there is a federally mandated MINIMUM, the only direction any individual state can deviate from it is by being higher. If you removed the federal mandate, there would probably be an equal number of states LOWER than the mandated minimum as well, and their unemployment rate would be rather low.

Arssanguinus on June 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Since there is a federally mandated MINIMUM, the only direction any individual state can deviate from it is by being higher.

Technically, a state CAN have a minimum wage lower than the federal minimum, and four of them do: Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, and Wyoming. Five others (AL, LA, MS, SC, TN) have none at all. It’s just that the lower (or zero) state minimum is trumped by the higher federal minimum.

Strange that this hasn’t ended up as a preemption case before now, considering all the hoohaw about state voter ID laws.

The Schaef on June 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Socialist/Democrats Will never understand that economics is a science And as such has laws like the law of gravity.

wdkeller on June 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM