Democrats getting to work on their campaign battle plan: Unabashed populism

posted at 2:01 pm on November 10, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I think we can all guess where this is heading.

I mentioned this week that the Democrats are definitively drawing up plans for their latest iteration of the (intellectually cheap, politically undemanding, and counterproductively harmful) push for a minimum-wage increase; no doubt ObamaCare’s many troubles really lit a fire under the strategy, as they’ll need something to talk about on the campaign trail that isn’t health-care related. In his State of the Union address at the start of the year, O brought up the idea of jacking up the minimum wage to $9/hour, but the Democrats are hankering for an (arbitrarily larger) increase to $10.10/hour, and it looks like the White House is getting ready to declare President Obama’s support for their specifics. Via the NYT:

The White House has thrown its weight behind a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to at least $10 an hour.

“The president has long supported raising the minimum wage so hard-working Americans can have a decent wage for a day’s work to support their families and make ends meet,” a White House official said.

President Obama, the official continued, supports the Harkin-Miller bill, also known as the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from its current $7.25.

The legislation is sponsored in the Senate by Tom Harkin of Iowa and in the House by George Miller of California, both Democrats. It would raise the minimum wage — in three steps of 95 cents each, taking place over two years — to $10.10, and then index it to inflation. The legislation will probably be coupled with some tax sweeteners for small businesses, traditionally the loudest opponents of increases to the minimum wage.

And in that same vein, you knew the budget conference that started post-shutdown wasn’t going to go smoothly, because Democrats were always going to demand still more revenue, a.k.a. taxes (rather than the slimmed-budget and lower taxes that could actually help to grow the economy and get us out of this godforsaken mess) as part of their negotiating stance, and it sounds like “tax breaks for corporate jet owners” is going to come back with a vengeance. From the National Journal:

Democratic members of the conference committee trying to work out a budget agreement have drafted a memo listing “egregious tax loopholes” that they plan to raise publicly as early as next week if Republicans continue to balk at considering some new tax revenue to help soften sequester cuts.

The items contained on the list range from such well-tread suggestions as ending special deductions for corporate jet owners, to stopping subsidies for yachts or vacation homes, to “closing a loophole that lets hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates on their income than teachers and firefighters.” The injection of such populism is sure to exacerbate the partisan tensions in the budget talks.

The memo, a copy of which was obtained Friday by National Journal, is already causing a stir on K Street. Most of that reflects worry that it represents a Democratic “hit list” that might be an early glimpse of some of what will be contained in a Senate version of a tax-code overhaul plan—rewrite work now being done in both chambers.

Yes, by all means, let’s simplify our convoluted tax code and get rid of all of these niche loopholes — but not as an unsubtle method to merely raise taxes, remove more money from the private sector, and beat the drums of class-warfare with wildly partisan ideas about “fairness” that don’t actually do anything significant to raise revenue or address our massive deficit problems.

Here we go again. …Not that we ever actually stopped.


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At least that was the pattern ­until now. ObamaCare is such a direct hit on so many people that it could change everything.

If predictions are accurate that tens of millions of families will lose their current insurance policies, Obama and the Democratic lemmings will be seriously damaged.

The lapdogs and cheerleaders won’t get off easy, either. Not when their crime was covering up his.

Good luck rats

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Sorry, but I can’t support anything less than $100/hr as a minimum wage. And it should be a LOY higher than that. Go for the gold, Dems, or don’t go at all…

Kraken on November 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Loy = lot.

Oy…

or Ot?

Kraken on November 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Money comes from the banks, as milk does from the grocery store…rats’ logic.

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

The Democrats are in trouble over Obamacare, so now they’re looking to do something to get themselves back in the good graces of Americans.

As tactics go, it’s not a bad one. But as more comes out about people losing their plans or premiums going up, I don’t think it’s going to save them, especially if the GOP points out that the Democrats start to care about the little guy only once their own bacon is on the line.

Stoic Patriot on November 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Repubs are going to wait until they have the numbers(Mitch)…then they will strike like a Cobra.

d1carter on November 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Running on the phoney premises of the ‘GOP War on Women’, ‘fairness’, ‘social justice’, ‘racism’, all focused around using the taxpayer’s money to buy votes is no real surprise. They successfully did this in both 2008 and 2012.

Since it was successful, why change?

But there is a fundamental change that has taken place – Obamacare.

The Big Government Democrat solution to ‘fix’ the ‘unfair’ and ‘unjust’ healthcare industry by placing 1/6th of the economy under the control of Big Government.

But this ‘solution’ was based on massive lies, massive problems, and large amounts of pain and distress for millions. The lies aren’t political – they are real.

What these lies and the failed implementation have done is damage the credibility of the progressive Democrat agenda. They didn’t deliver on the ‘free’ or ‘affordable’. They didn’t deliver on keeping your policy or doctor.

That’s what voters will be remembering when they hear the next promises of bribes from Democrats.

Athos on November 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

There are 3.6 million minimum wage workers according to the Federal Bureau of Labor

http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2012.htm

If the minimum wage is increased from $ 7.25 to $ 10.10 and if we assume that on average each of these minimum wage workers works 1500 hours a year then the businesses have to pay them an extra $ 15.39 billions a year… Since most businesses who hire minimum wage workers make a good portion of their profit because they pay these wages then these business will be forced to fire some of their employees, or reduce their working hours, or add the additional wage cost to their products or combination of all the above… Or just go out of business…

mnjg on November 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM

‘Left-Wing Populism’ is nothing more than economic wedge issues that promote envy, jealousy and race-mongering. It’s worked for them at the polls before, but it’s not a strategy for getting the economy on track. It’s easier to explain to crack-heads and baby-mamas that they would be getting free sh!t than it is to explain how low taxes and smaller government would create economic opportunity.

Corporal Tunnel on November 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Yes, by all means, let’s simplify our convoluted tax code and get rid of all of these niche loopholes

The limousine liberals will not let this happen… Despite that they scream for higher taxes these hypocrites know that that are many loopholes will make them pay much less that their “fair share” in taxes..

mnjg on November 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

It’s time for the RINO statist leadership to “out-compassion” (i.e. “out-injustice”) the fascist left by proposing a minimum wage of $100/hr — why not $1000/hr? — and dare Barky and the Dems to argue/vote against it …

ShainS on November 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

‘Left-Wing Populism’ is nothing more than economic wedge issues that promote envy, jealousy and race-mongering. It’s worked for them at the polls before, but it’s not a strategy for getting the economy on track. It’s easier to explain to crack-heads and baby-mamas that they would be getting free sh!t than it is to explain how low taxes and smaller government would create economic opportunity.

Corporal Tunnel on November 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Excellent post… The root of the evil of socialism is the envy of other people money…

mnjg on November 10, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Kraken on November 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Heh, didn’t read the comments first.

You’ve GOT to get out of my head … ;-)

ShainS on November 10, 2013 at 2:19 PM

A charlatan is Chief, a fraud, forever.

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Otherwise known as the Entry Level Job Eradication Act.

MJBrutus on November 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Don’t forget: union salaries are pegged to the minimum wage. Their income will have to go up, too.

LtGenRob on November 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM

One squirrel is not enough to distract from the Obamacare mess, it is going to take a whole nest of them and the Dems seem ready to unleash them.

KW64 on November 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Meanwhile, Republicans will carefully explain to the American working class that outsourcing jobs to China is good for them.

Idiots.

HB3 on November 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM

The root of the evil of socialism is the envy of other people money…

mnjg on November 10, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Never assume, erroneously, that looting/mooching is the exclusive purview of the left.

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

SO the Democrats will win another round because the stupid party is trying to go after the tea party, rather than the Democrats, and the Democrats know exactly what they want, what their strategy is to get it, and who they’re going after. Do you think Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi are going to go after Henry Waxman or Maxine Waters? Of course not, they may be part of the fruitcase left wing but they’re reliable votes.

Now, if the stupid party meets with their tea party caucus and tries to come up with a unified strategy, the Democrats are in deep trouble. The Democrats can not win a battle of ideas, especially if the press doesn’t choose sides.

bflat879 on November 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Lipstick on the obama pig

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Watch Seattle

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Republicans have a rare opportunity to seize the narrative. “Doing the People’s Business”

#1. An Honest Budget

#2. Comprehensive ObamaCare Reform

Period. Make everything else wait. Now that O and the Dems have been revealed as liars, the public will support a “back to basics” agenda.

Moose Dung on November 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

A ‘solution’ to the low information voter challenge?

White conservative male wins in an “overwhelmingly black” district after running a campaign that implied that he was black.

21st Century racial politics in a nutshell: Now it’s the white people who find it advantageous to “pass.”

H/T Instapundit

Athos on November 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Repeal the Hollywood tax cuts!

-Instapundit

Wethal on November 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Schadenfreude on November 10, 2013 at 2:31 PM

So the slovenly and tattooed little fools who cannot even get a simple Mickey D’s order right are gonna’ be pulling in $15 an hour? Unbelievable…

OmahaConservative on November 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Bring it on, Democrats are the official Obamacare party.

thebrokenrattle on November 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM

If you like your populism, you can..ah, never mind…

fortcoins on November 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

…Ma and Pa Kettle…should be pissed!

KOOLAID2 on November 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Don’t forget: union salaries are pegged to the minimum wage. Their income will have to go up, too.

LtGenRob on November 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM

That’s what makes it such a great twofer. Time it right they get the vote of the low info’s before they lose their jobs from this, and they’ve paid off union support in one magnanimous looking move. The Kabuki Two Step.

onomo on November 10, 2013 at 2:51 PM

$10.10 seems at first glance to be a completely random number, unless you pay attention to marketing. Lots of ads that have a clock displayed in the background have the time set at 10:10. The hour and the minute hands form a “smile” it’s a form of subliminal messaging that subconsciously allows the consumer to perceive the product as positive.

OliverB on November 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

The White House has thrown its weight behind a proposal ….

Umm.. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Obama has no credibility left. Who gives a flip about what he thinks or what he wants?

Key West Reader on November 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

The “Obamacrats”.

22044 on November 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Democrat ‘fairness’ and populism in practice in another country….

…this time, the socialist and ‘fair’ nation of Venezuela where the government has ordered an electronics retail chain, their version of ‘Best Buy’ to change their pricing to offer the people ‘fair’ prices.

Thousands of Venezuelans lined up outside the country’s equivalent of Best Buy, a chain of electronics stores known as Daka, hoping for a bargain after the socialist government forced the company to charge customers “fair” prices.

President Nicolás Maduro ordered a military “occupation” of the company’s five stores as he continues the government’s crackdown on an “economic war” it says is being waged against the country, with the help of Washington.

Members of Venezuela’s National Guard, some of whom carried assault rifles, kept order at the stores as bargain hunters rushed to get inside.

“I want a Sony plasma television for the house,” said Amanda Lisboa, 34, a business administrator, who had waited seven hours already outside one Caracas store. “It’s going to be so cheap!”

How far is this away from happening here when the mantra of today’s Democrat Party is all about ‘fairness’ and ensuring ‘social justice’ via government power and control?

Athos on November 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM

You’ve GOT to get out of my head … ;-)

ShainS on November 10, 2013 at 2:19 PM

You’re gonna want me to clean up first, huh? We really left a mess…

Kraken on November 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I remember that Commie Liz Warren’s campaign. Every other sentence she would use phrases like ‘ fighting for working families’ which of course was total BS. Obamacare is going to cripple millions of working families because of Democrats like Warren.

Wigglesworth on November 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

The democrats know that they’re screwed over Obamacare in 2014. I expect they’ll be pulling out a pretty big ‘squirrel’ sometime next summer. It still won’t make people forget what happened with their insurance plans though.

supernova on November 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Where’s triple to tell us how great the minimum wage is?

22044 on November 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Will more ‘populism’ be able to deflect reality?

The Dummies Guide to What the October Jobs Report Really Means…

…So Bernanke promises to keep the money market and repo rates—-that is, the poker chips for the casino—-at zero until “well after” the unemployment rate drops below 6.5 percent. But it will never get there because the jobs market and Main Street economy are structurally broken. Indeed, measured on a consistent basis, the unemployment rate is still over 11 percent based in the labor force participation rate of late 2008 and is over 13 percent based on the labor force participation rate at the turn of the century.

And no, that can’t be explained away by the baby boomers going on Social Security. During January 2000 there were 75 million Americans over age 16 that did not hold a job. Today there are 102 million in that category—about 27 million more. Yet the number of participants in OASI (old age social security) is up by just 6 million during the same period. Moreover, there is no doubt about what happened the other 21 million citizens: they are on disability, food stamps, welfare or have moved in with friends and relatives or landed on the streets in destitution.

In short, the US economy is failing and the welfare state safety net is exploding. And that means that the true headwind in front of the allegedly “cheap” stock market is an insuperable fiscal crisis that will bring steadily higher taxes, lower spending and a gale-force of permanent anti-Keynesian austerity in the GDP accounts. And for that reason, the Fed’s strategy of printing money until the jobs market has returned to effective “full employment” is completely lunatic.

This is what Democrat policies have delivered to the American people. Populism isn’t going to mask this. Free contraceptives aren’t going to mask this. Playing the race card isn’t going to mask this. Fearmongering what smaller government, tax and entitlement reform, and pro-business government policies will do will not change where we are – or the pain that so many face.

There are countries that continue to double or treble down on the populist message of ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice’ – Venezuela, Greece, France, Spain, and Argentina. All of them are or well on the path to becoming failed states. There are also countries that take a different approach – Singapore, Germany, and to a lesser extent Britain and Canada – that are doing considerably better than the US. Populism doesn’t fix the simple message that the Democrats are embracing and emulating failure – not success.

Athos on November 10, 2013 at 3:13 PM

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.~George Orwell

238 years of standing ready.

Thank you, United States Marine Corps.

davidk on November 10, 2013 at 3:16 PM

In a microcosm, Los Angeles, California, with its $16/hr. minimum “living” wage:

Tallichet blames a tangle of federal and city laws that have raised his costs.

Under city law, airport businesses must pay a “living wage” of nearly $16 per hour, even though the Proud Bird merely sits on LAX-owned land. It can’t compete with nearby restaurants not subject to the rule, Tallichet said.

So, here we are in the USA with a massive unemployment problem, and our politicians want to move all the movable jobs overseas.

unclesmrgol on November 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

$10.10 seems at first glance to be a completely random number, unless you pay attention to marketing. Lots of ads that have a clock displayed in the background have the time set at 10:10. The hour and the minute hands form a “smile” it’s a form of subliminal messaging that subconsciously allows the consumer to perceive the product as positive.

OliverB on November 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

The minimum wage should be $4.40.

davidk on November 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

The democrats know that they’re screwed over Obamacare in 2014. I expect they’ll be pulling out a pretty big ‘squirrel’ sometime next summer. It still won’t make people forget what happened with their insurance plans though.

supernova on November 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

“Racism! Sexism! Racism! Sexism!”

The end.

GOP: “Gee…how could we have lost the House when we took such trouble to explain to voters that outsourcing and open borders were good for them?”

HB3 on November 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM

If you like your employer, you can keep your employer, period.

bbordwell on November 10, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Why stop at $10.10? From each according to his ability, to each according to his need! It can’t fail!

tdarrington on November 10, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Yes, by all means, let’s simplify our convoluted tax code and get rid of all of these niche loopholes — but not as an unsubtle method to merely raise taxes, remove more money from the private sector, and beat the drums of class-warfare with wildly partisan ideas about “fairness” that don’t actually do anything significant to raise revenue or address our massive deficit problems.

Interesting statement coming from a hardcore partisan like Erika. Hypocrisy?

loveofcountry on November 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Why doesn’t he just take over Best Buy. Free electronics for all!

I see you, Athos. But, I didn’t until I had already typed this. It’d be a shame to waste a perfectly good post, just because it’s redundant.

Fallon on November 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Bring it on, Democrats are the official Obamacare party.

thebrokenrattle on November 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM

After all it’s just a difference of opinion, right thebrokenrattle?

bluefox on November 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Democrats will their winning argument of Republicans war on women & people of color. Meanwhile the dimwit GOP still won’t have a proper response after months of preparation. They place no value in the defense that Democrats have & is bankrupting cities & states. How 34.3% of people on welfare have adapted & now no longer look for or want to work. Probably because we have over 70 government agencies giving out free stuff.
They dont want to work:
http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2013/11/04/34-3-percent-of-americans-dont-want-a-job/

77 Welfare Programs
http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2011/apr/05/jim-jordan/rep-jim-jordan-presses-reform-numerous-welfare-pro/

RdLake on November 10, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Interesting statement coming from a hardcore partisan like Erika. Hypocrisy?
 
loveofcountry on November 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

 
While I enjoy reading the comments on HA, this loveofcountry person has got to be the most ignorant and dumb poster here. This person hardly says anything of substance.

rogerb on November 10, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Democrats are aiming at single women, who should have to pass a test to be allowed to vote.

Nothing succeeds like offering single women free stuff. They love free stuff. Free birth control, free food stamps, free medical care, free day care, more more more free stuff.

And why would anyone be against free stuff? ’cause it’s, like, free and stuff.

Adjoran on November 10, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from its current $7.25.

Fair? To whom? Here are some more accurate names:

Obama’s Economy Destroying Legislation No. 561

Piece of Shite

Job Killer

Minimum Wage Jobs Are Not Supposed To Be A Career!

Pandoring to Illegals, Part 12.

The How To Make A Fast Food Burger Cost $15 Act

The Ensuring That Teenagers Will Never Find A Job Act

The We Fail to Understand Capitalism and Kleptocracy (We F.U.C.K.) Act

LASue on November 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM

“The president has long supported raising the minimum wage so hard-working Americans can have a decent wage for a day’s work to support their families and make ends meet,” a White House official said.

So ‘hard-working’ Americans will get a pay raise. Which will raise the cost of living. Which won’t be a problem because the minimum wage will be linked to an inflation index. Which will raise their pay, and cause the cost of living to go up, which will……

Ya can’t fix STUPID!

GarandFan on November 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM

What’s populist about screwing with everybody’s healthcare?

Kensington on November 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Someone tell me if this meets the Dem definition of “Fair” in a tax.

This is a tax on gross income with no deductions. You pay based on the amount through a graduated scale.

For example, 20K and below no taxes … so the first 20K for everyone is tax free. $20,001.00 to $30,000.00 at 10% so if you make over 20K you pay 10% on that amount and so on. There is no situation where a person makes less than another but takes more home after taxes due to the break. You pay the same. The breaks go ad infinitum but all is taxed the same on the amount. The first 20K for everyone is taxed the same amount.

Make sense or unrealistic?

Claimsratt on November 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I guess it’s too late in the day for pearlescent green.

rogerb on November 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Otherwise known as the Entry Level Job Eradication Act.

MJBrutus on November 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Transparency.

AesopFan on November 10, 2013 at 5:58 PM

$10.10 seems at first glance to be a completely random number, unless you pay attention to marketing. Lots of ads that have a clock displayed in the background have the time set at 10:10. The hour and the minute hands form a “smile” it’s a form of subliminal messaging that subconsciously allows the consumer to perceive the product as positive.

OliverB on November 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Excellent observation re a marketing trick. For the nitwits for whom this latest Leftist ploy to work, the time should be 4:20; the moochers will understand this subliminal message, too.

onlineanalyst on November 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Make sense or unrealistic?

Claimsratt on November 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM

The argument made by the progressive Democrats over the Bush 10% across the board income tax reduction was that it was inherently unfair because someone with $50,000 of taxable income only got a $5,000 break while someone with a $250,000 income got a $25,000 break.

Of course, if everyone pays a flat rate – they all pay the same rate. And with the Bush tax cuts, everyone got the same 10% tax cut.

But the Democrats ignored the percentage and did all of their arguments based on the actual breaks received – in effect complaining about the ‘unfairness’ because the wealthier person, in my example, got a $25,000 break, while the middle class person ‘only’ got a $5,000 break. The LIV lapped it up.

It’s the same dishonesty when they complain about the ‘rich’ not paying their full share. The top 10% of income earners pay 70% of the total federal income tax, and the bottom 50% effectively not only pay zero, but most get money from the government in wealth redistribution. But somehow, this is ‘unfair’ because the wealthy don’t pay … 90% of the federal income tax receipts?

Athos on November 10, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Meet the new plan, same as the old plan…

Marcola on November 10, 2013 at 8:38 PM