Senate Democrats: We should probably get started on this minimum-wage push, huh?

posted at 6:01 pm on November 7, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Democrats have had plans in the works to make a minimum-wage increase a major issue ahead of the 2014 midterms, and now that ObamaCare is floundering so spectacularly and the prospects for centering their campaigns around it are wearing thinner by the day, they definitely need to get the wheels in motion on a bright-and-shiny new initiative they can determinedly tout to their perturbed constituents.

During his State of the Union address early this year, President Obama (in what seemed like an almost non-sequitur at the time) brought up the idea of raising the national minimum wage to $9/hour and indexing it to inflation rates, but certain Congressional Democrats want to go even further with a hike to $10.10/hour, and they’re getting ready to introduce the relevant bills to get things rolling. Via The Hill:

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is spearheading the push to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but not all Democrats are yet on board. …

Harkin said Wednesday he is not certain whether all 55 members of the Democratic caucus would back his proposal, which would also raise the minimum rate in jobs that rely on tips to 70 percent of the standard minimum wage.

“There are different views on proceeding to it, as an amendment, as a direct bill, how do you do it,” he said. “That’s what we’ve got to figure out.”

“There are some who may want to add something to it, put something else on it, which other people would not want,” he said. “I think people deserve a clean-cut bill. Raise the minimum wage.”

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif), the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, is the House sponsor of the measure.

Their bill would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015 in three increases of 95 cents.

Back in February, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi aptly hinted at the Democrats’ tactical plans for this specifically-resurrected-to-avoid-more-pressing-issues issue: “Just keep it simple. We want to raise the minimum wage, and you don’t. Why not?” I.e., that old fallback of the Democratic playbook: Republicans must really hate poor people, because that is literally the only possible explanation they could have for being opposed to such a simple, zero-repercussions gesture.

That minimum wage increases are among the most superficially simple yet intellectually cheap populist faux-giveaways that in the long run actually harm the people they were ostensibly meant to help the most, and are in fact wildly counterproductive to the goal of encouraging and economic growth and employment… will not be mentioned, and indeed vehemently avoided. Get excited.


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go for it.

rob verdi on November 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I give up…

sandee on November 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

All eyes on SeaTac, Washington. Can it get slummier? STAY TUNED!

Jeddite on November 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Distraction from Obamacare. Don’t fall for it.

Charlemagne on November 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

GOP should double dog dare the Fascist-Democrats and introduce a bill to raise the minimum wage to $100 per hour.

rbj on November 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Democrats have had plans in the works to make a minimum-wage increase a major issue ahead of the 2014 midterms, and now that ObamaCare is floundering so spectacularly and the prospects for centering their campaigns around it are wearing thinner by the day, they definitely need to get the wheels in motion on a bright-and-shiny new initiative they can determinedly tout to their perturbed constituents.

Their bill would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015 in three increases of 95 cents.

$10.10? Come on. Others in the labor movement are pushing for $15 an hour — the bare minimum wage needed to pay for their Obamacare premiums.

Stoic Patriot on November 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

The House needs to just shelve everything the Senate passes from now until the end of Obama’s term unless we take back the Senate.

jawkneemusic on November 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Squirrel

Plus, scroll down a tad.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Lets kill more low wage jobs with an increase in the minimum wage!

ajacksonian on November 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

End game: Nobody has a job or a nickel to their name.

Socialist Utopia.

fogw on November 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM

“If you like your job, you can keep your job!”

ajacksonian on November 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Amnesty traitors too…

No clue who’s going to pay for all the leftist Utopian pipedreams…

Leftist math is hard.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I think the Leviathan is drunk right now.

Flange on November 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Again, they want to steal from the middle class, who will ultimately pay for any increases. Democrats are stealing us blind … all so they can buy votes. It’s all they do.

Redistribution of wealth

When the money runs out the DHS Storm Troopers will be roaming the streets to keep the rioters down.

darwin on November 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

A weapon of mass distraction.

Steve Z on November 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Does it ever occur to these genius politicians that hikes in the minimum wage just get passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices for goods and services — the same goods and services that these minimum wage workers have to buy?

What is the point of “helping” minimum wage workers get a few hundred dollars more a week in their paychecks if the cost of everything they buy with that paycheck goes up?

AZCoyote on November 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Obama just apologized for people losing their coverage. These 2014 Dem candidates must have been cra-ping their pants for the lying liar to actually apologize. I call it what it is the old bait n switch.

neyney on November 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Be careful if you ever see a Democrat dealing 3 card Monte at the bus station…

Khun Joe on November 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Republicans should focus on a simple, cohesive response to the “hate the poor” attacks. Look back across the stage at the dimocrat primping and ask, “Why only $10.10? If you’ll be able to do this with only Democrat votes anyhow, why not $20 per hour? Or $30?”

Then turn to the audience and say, “The reason my opponent can’t answer that is that he knows that all the minimum wage has ever accomplished is to immediately eliminate the jobs that are not worth that amount. He can primp and preen about raising it to $10.10 because he knows that in the economic wasteland that Obama’s created nobody’s going to be able to specifically link a few million more lost jobs to this proposal. But if they raised it to $30 an hour the exact same effect — only amplified — would occur. And at that point the millions of unemployed Americans who are victims of this misguided policy would see exactly who was to blame for their plight.”

Next question.

SoRight on November 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

OT: Oy.

Graham is introducing a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

Do we need this now? Can’t we do this on the state level?

BuckeyeSam on November 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Obama just apologized for people losing their coverage. These 2014 Dem candidates must have been cra-ping their pants for the lying liar to actually apologize. I call it what it is the old bait n switch.

neyney on November 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

But then he told them to get shopping, right?

BuckeyeSam on November 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Senate Democrats: We should probably get started on this minimum-wage push, huh?

I wholeheartedly support reducing pay for Senators and Representatives to minimum wage.

malclave on November 7, 2013 at 6:22 PM

$9? $10? WTF, why not $20, or $50?

OMGZ, do they hate hourly wage workerz? I mean, there is no economic reality to these people, so why be stingy, ffs?

Midas on November 7, 2013 at 6:23 PM

I’m sure the Funemployed will be thrilled an increased minimum wage at a workplace which doesn’t exist will make buying O’Commiecare they can’t afford slightly easier.

viking01 on November 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

The fact that one of the least trusted and effective Senators, and a lame duck at that. is tasked with this indicates that this is nothing but window talk. A distraction.

pat on November 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

There are 3.6 million people who are paid minimum wage according to the government Bureau of Labor http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130325.htm

Suppose that each of these workers works an average of 1500 hours per year. This mean that the businesses who hire all these workers have to pay an extra 15.4 billion dollars a year if the minimum wage is increased to $ 10.1 per hour…

Most of the businesses who hire minimum wage employees make their profit mainly because they pay the minimum wages… This 15.4 billion dollars a year increase in wages is going to lead to firing a lot of workers or increasing the price of the products on the customers or combination of these two measures or totally bankrupting many businesses…

mnjg on November 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

A weapon of mass distraction.

Steve Z on November 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Heh, good one.

SailorMark on November 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Graham is introducing a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

Do we need this now? Can’t we do this on the state level?

BuckeyeSam on November 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Not to defend Graham (can’t stand him), but it was the SCOTUS that made abortion a federal matter, by declaring in Roe v. Wade that it was a woman’s constitutional right.

Also, as I understand it, most European states already restrict or ban elective abortions after 20 weeks, so perhaps Graham (like any good RINO) is just trying to push U.S. law forward, in the tradition of the more enlightened and progressive European states. (No liberal could possibly object to that, right?)

AZCoyote on November 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

The House needs to just shelve everything the Senate passes from now until the end of Obama’s term unless we take back the Senate.

jawkneemusic on November 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

This. As long as we’re stuck with him, Boehner needs to make himself the new Most Important Man in Congress™ and nothing Obama or Reid want happens without his say-so. And then Boehner just needs to shut up.

Get an articulate conservative spokesman out front to explain that minimum wage hikes, amnesty bills, and such are all really very nice, but the Obamacare disaster is such overwhelming, all-engulfing, destroying-everything debacle that, really, getting rid of it HAS to be the sole duty and focus of Congress until that’s done.

de rigueur on November 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

OT. Fox news reported that Manchin from WVA and some RINO are co-sponsoring a bill to delay the individual mandate for ONE YEAR.

Conveniently past the 2014 election. DON’T LET THEM DO THIS!

BacaDog on November 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

BacaDog on November 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Obamacare Hourly Subsidy Act.

hillsoftx on November 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

OT: President Obama said Thursday that he is “sorry” that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked.
“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House.
“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”
For more from President Obama’s interview with Chuck Todd tune in to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams at 6:30 pm ET.
Obama’s comments come 10 days after NBC News’ Lisa Myers reported that the administration has known since the summer of 2010 that millions of Americans could lose their insurance under the law. Obama has made repeated assurances that “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan” with Obamacare.

kcewa on November 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

That minimum wage increases are among the most superficially simple yet intellectually cheap populist faux-giveaways that in the long run actually harm the people they were ostensibly meant to help the most, and are in fact wildly counterproductive to the goal of encouraging and economic growth and employment… will not be mentioned, and indeed vehemently avoided. Get excited.

Yeah, sure. And the GOP will respond with carefully reasoned arguments about, oh, “Believe in America.”

HB3 on November 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

OT but had to share for those that missed it earlier….

I no longer consider you an intellectual peer. You’re an intellectual subordinate until you prove otherwise.

nonpartisan on November 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

This was directed at Resist We Much….

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

OT: LOL.

On Special Report, they’re discussing Obama’s trip to New Orleans tomorrow. He’s flying on Airforce One with the LA Dem senator (Landrieu), but she’s making a longstanding appearance and won’t be at Obama’s event. Dr. K said that she’ll be busy rearranging her closets.

BuckeyeSam on November 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Oh, and they should be sure to talk about how awesome Wal Mart is, too.

HB3 on November 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Something tells me that tomorrow’s jobs report will throw a healthy dose of cold water math on this notion.

Steve Eggleston on November 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Why do Democrats hate poor people?

First they want them to have substandard insurance they can’t afford.

Then they want them to lose jobs by raising the minimum wage because employers can’t afford to pay more because the economy is in the tank.

The economy is in the tank because no one knows what the regulatory environment will be month to month, not to speak of year to year.

And that is caused by the corpulent bills the Democrats passed in the way of Obamacare and Frankendodd.

Why do Democrats want to punish poor people?

ajacksonian on November 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Democrats have had plans in the works to make a minimum-wage increase a major issue ahead of the 2014 midterms

Because Democrats haven’t already done enough damage to the U.S. economy with Obamacare which creates huge incentives:

- For people to work less in order to reduce their income enough to qualify for Obamacare subsidies

- For people (Doctors and others) to retire early

- For people to convert from full time employee status to contractor status so they can deduct a lot of expenses and reduce their income enough to qualify for Obamacare subsidies.

- For companies to avoid hiring more than 50 employees to avoid Obamacare mandates

- For companies to hire part-time employees rather than full-time employees so they don’t have to provide health insurance.

Yeah, right. A higher minimum wage is exactly what is needed to complete the destruction of the U.S. economy.

People who vote for Democrats owe the rest of us a big apology!

wren on November 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

A weapon of mass distraction.

Steve Z on November 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

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Pay no attention to that floundering, ill conceived health care bureaucracy behind the curtain.

listens2glenn on November 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I can’t wait to pay $10 for a Big Mac.

Bitter Clinger on November 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

OT but had to share for those that missed it earlier….
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I no longer consider you an intellectual peer. You’re an intellectual subordinate until you prove otherwise.

nonpartisan on November 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

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This was directed at Resist We Much….

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

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Unfortunately, I’ve been out of touch which Hotair a lot lately, and missed this one.

Thanks for reposting ….. it’s a “keeper.”
It certainly includes most of us here, by association.

listens2glenn on November 7, 2013 at 7:14 PM

What ever the libs propose the republicans should double it and see where that goes.

Jackson on November 7, 2013 at 7:14 PM

How about setting the minimum wage to whatever it is the Senators make?

That makes just as much sense as any incremental hike.

And it makes the job of Senator minimum wage, to boot!

ajacksonian on November 7, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Is this for everybody or just those fast-food workers from before?

Time to resurrect my idea to tax food items at 17% to finance a federal wage subsidy.

The Schaef on November 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Well, one advantage of increasing the minimum wage will be that more small businesses and companies hire fewer workers, which may hold more businesses under the 50-employee minimum that triggers the Obamacare employer mandate. Ergo, reduce the number of business complaining about the employer mandate when the extension expires, smaller election backlash against the Dems. Or something.

de rigueur on November 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Let’s not get distracted with job-killing Obamacare and get back to the Democrat’s agenda of killing more jobs.

Socratease on November 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

de rigueur on November 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

That is how Democrats create small businesses!

It passes laws that make keeping more employees a problem and so they let them go, which means that those businesses just out of the small business category become small businesses again!

Sucks that so many with only a couple of employees go under, though…

ajacksonian on November 7, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Sucks that so many with only a couple of employees go under, though…

ajacksonian on November 7, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Creative destruction :)

de rigueur on November 7, 2013 at 7:51 PM

The federal minimum wage needs to be eliminated.
Even if it wasn’t a major driver of unemployment, it is nothing that the states and municipalities couldn’t do better on their own.

Count to 10 on November 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

they definitely need to get the wheels in motion on a bright-and-shiny new initiative they can determinedly tout to their perturbed constituents.

Yeah! MINIMUM WAGE hikes for ILLEGALS!

I’m sure the low-IQ and low-info voters will be easily distracted with the SHINY new Democratic ideas.

GarandFan on November 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM

These same people who supposedly want to enrich minimum wage workers will continue to push for mass immigration and amnesty, which drives real wages down.

David Blue on November 7, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Don’t these people ever learn?

sadatoni on November 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Union wages are tied to the minimum wage. Jack it up by 30-50%, and you’ve given Union employees a corresponding increase. This is all one ever needs to know about why Dems push wage increases for the “working poor”. It gives the working wealthy, Unions, a raise.

ManWithNoParty on November 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

The Democrats surely use that motto of never letting a crisis go to waste on a daily basis. They love to see our country in constant turmoil. How evil can you get?

mobydutch on November 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM

LEAVE. US. THE. H3LL. ALONE.!
LEAVE. US. THE. H3LL. ALONE.!
LEAVE. US. THE. H3LL. ALONE.!

locomotivebreath1901 on November 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Lets kill more low wage jobs with an increase in the minimum wage!

ajacksonian

Illegals gotta work somewhere.

OT: Oy.

Graham is introducing a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

Do we need this now? Can’t we do this on the state level?

BuckeyeSam

Sounds like Graham is getting a little concerned about primary season. Gotta remind folks that he’s really a conservative. No, really, he is.

OT but had to share for those that missed it earlier….

I no longer consider you an intellectual peer. You’re an intellectual subordinate until you prove otherwise.

nonpartisan on November 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

This was directed at Resist We Much….

CWchangedhisNicagain

Well, to be fair, his intellectual peers are Goofy and lint, so it’s actually a compliment.

xblade on November 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Let me get this straight. House Republicans pass bill after bill after bill that die in the Senate, and the Senate never has to defend their actions (or inactions). But the Senate passes “Immigration Reform”, Gay Discrimination (“Lawsuitpalooza”), and possibly minimum wage increase (job killer) bills, and the House has to curl in the fetal position?

olesparkie on November 8, 2013 at 7:37 AM