Obama, Dems hope minimum wage distraction will take Obamacare heat off

posted at 5:51 pm on December 4, 2013 by Kevin Glass

With Obamacare still buggier than a summer day in the Amazon, Democrats are trying their best to divert the media narrative. Today, President Obama addressed income inequality and the economy as a way to encourage the media and his fellow Democrats to divert their attention from his signature law’s train wreck.

“It’s well past the time to raise a minimum wage that, in real terms, right now, is below where it was when Harry Truman was in office. This shouldn’t be an ideological question.

It was Adam Smith, the father of free-market economics, who once said, “that they who feed, clothe and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labor as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed and lodged.” For those of you who don’t speak Old English, let me translate. It means if you work hard you should make a decent living.

…We all know the arguments used to oppose a minimum wage. Some say it will hurt low-wage workers. There’s no solid evidence that the minimum wage costs low-wage jobs.”

This is a smart move. We’ll see if the media – who have been falling all over themselves to fess up that they didn’t do their due diligence reporting on Obamacare the first time around – takes the bait. They’ve been following the White House’s talking points about the Obamacare “fixes” recently, so the time might be ripe to give the media a few more.

It’s a smart move by a White House that’s obsessed with public relations. Minimum wage hikes poll exceptionally well, garnering over 76% support in Gallup’s November poll. Even self-identified Republicans have shown majority support for a minimum wage hike.

Hopefully, much of the media won’t take the bait. This is the sixth time this year that President Obama has done a “pivot to the economy,” and it’s just a distraction from what the President’s real problems are. Luckily, maybe the media has wised up:

 

That was 15 minutes into President Obama’s 50-minute speech.

A minimum wage hike is a good idea politically. It’s a terrible idea on the policy merits. In spite of recent progressive revisionism, and despite President Obama’s invocation of “evidence,” economists have generally agreed that a minimum wage causes higher unemployment than we’d have otherwise. David Neumark and William Wascher’s landmark 2007 study [pdf].

[I]n our view, the preponderance of the evidence points to disemployment effects… nearly two-thirds [of studies] give a relatively consistent (although by no means always statistically significant) indication of negative employment effects of minimum wages, while only eight give a relatively consistent indication of positive employment effects. In addition, we have highlighted in the tables 33 studies (or entries) that we regard as providing the most credible evidence, and 28 (85 percent) of these point to negative employment effects. Moreover, when researchers focus on the least-skilled groups most likely to be adversely affected by minimum wages, the evidence for disemployment effects seems especially strong.

There was nothing new under the sun in President Obama’s “economy pivot” speech today. He pushed a minimum wage hike, the “Paycheck Fairness Act,” the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, among other things that have long been progressive priorities.

Obamacare is what matters right now. It’s still not working. Hopefully no one outside of MSNBC will actually buy this new strategy.


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They need a day off and hope it’s tomorrow.
Fast food workers in 100 cities will be unemployed in 24 hours.
Maybe he can offer them a bailout. /

22044 on December 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM

It doesn’t take a degree in ancient Celtic poetry to understand the new ObamaCare premiums and deductibles won’t be covered by a minimum wage increase. I wish these dead ducks luck with their newest distraction scheme.

NotCoach on December 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Any chance we can get him to leave for Hawaii early this year?

tbrickert on December 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

If raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would bring all that painless prosperity, why not raise it to $50 an hour?

Why does Obama hate minimum wage employees?

Seriously – I want someone to explain to me how a small minimum wage increase is good but a big increase would be bad. Why is $10.10 “just right”? I am open to reason. If there is some valid formula for determining the sweet spot for the minimum wage I’d like to see it.

myiq2xu on December 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Any chance we can get him to leave for Hawaii early this year?

He’s already announced he plans on staying in Washington DC when he leaves office. The Secret Service is gonna have to drag him and Michelle out of the White House kicking and screaming on January 20th 2017.

myiq2xu on December 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

This is not hard. When you raise the cost of something less people can afford it.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Guess King Barack now feels it’s time to worry about inflation.

GarandFan on December 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

NPR had no problem taking the bait. They were dutifully talking about wage gaps etc as if that were suddenly a big issue for some reason other than Obama needing a distraction.

forest on December 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

The federal government doesn’t have the constitutional authority to set a minimum wage.

Charlemagne on December 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Why does Obama hate seniors?

Steve Eggleston on December 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

The federal government doesn’t have the constitutional authority to set a minimum wage.

Charlemagne on December 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

The Lawgivers-In-Black disagree.

Steve Eggleston on December 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

When a business owner has a certain bottom line that has to be met, something will give. If you raise wages, the owner has 2 choices: lower cost by reducing the number of people you employee or raise prices.

Which act do you believe the owner prefers to do?

Econ 101.

ladyingray on December 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Had Obama decided to concentrate on the economy rather than Obamacare in the first part of his presidency maybe wages would have gone up. Interesting that he makes things worse and then gets to use his own failure to demand higher wages AND cover up the failure of Obamacare.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

The next step will be the typical trolls on this thread talking about how it’s such a wonderful winning strategy and how this shows how hopeless it is for the GOP to match up with Obama.

Desperate for something, anything, to talk about beside the Obamacare debacle.

itsspideyman on December 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

It actually wasn’t all that long ago – I was working a job paying more than the minimum wage, but paying less than today’s minimum wage.

It was something, though, which was nice and helped me prepare for better paying jobs.

22044 on December 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

he’s got msdnc, they were thrilled with his speech, natch

cmsinaz on December 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Even if you take, for example, HA’s resident liberal minimum wage copypasta-troll’s arguments in favor of a higher minimum wage as a given, it’s pretty desperate politics to focus on it from the Dems’ perspective.

The public’s sentiment as far as jobs go is still very much on the side of “how will me/us/he/she survive without a job in this economy??”, not so much “how can people survive on $7.25 an hour??”

HitNRun on December 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

The next step will be the typical trolls on this thread talking about how it’s such a wonderful winning strategy and how this shows how hopeless it is for the GOP to match up with Obama.

Desperate for something, anything, to talk about beside the Obamacare debacle.

itsspideyman on December 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

lol – they’ve been away all day. this is prime territory for them!

22044 on December 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Hmmm. No squirrels here.

HiJack on December 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Hopefully no one outside of MSNBC will actually buy this new strategy.

cnn may get desperate for a new squirrel

cmsinaz on December 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

He’s already announced he plans on staying in Washington DC when he leaves office. The Secret Service is gonna have to drag him and Michelle out of the White House kicking and screaming on January 20th 2017.

myiq2xu on December 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

My money is on a Barrycade situation.

Or a Navin scene.

BobMbx on December 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I’m thinking an enterprising person might establish a clearing house for fast food francizee’s that list all of their crappy workers including those that strike.

Landing on that list ought to keep a person in fairly permanent poverty I would think.

DanMan on December 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

We know his lapdogs are dying for a reason to change the subject.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The Associated Press ‏@AP 2h

AP VIDEO: President Obama calls the income gap between America’s rich and poor a “defining challenge of our time”: http://apne.ws/18CWSlo
================================================================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmRgU2B1pe0&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM

It actually wasn’t all that long ago – I was working a job paying more than the minimum wage, but paying less than today’s minimum wage.

22044 on December 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

One of the less examined points of the minimum wage is that no, you can’t survive on the minimum wage – and that’s fine. Most people live with other people. By raising the minimum wage, you’re robbing families of the ability to pool their resources.

HitNRun on December 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM

There’s no solid evidence that the minimum wage costs low-wage jobs.”

Always watch for modifiers. In this case, “solid” modifies “evidence” in a way not defined. The intent is to leave you with the idea that there is no evidence at all. The statement, though, indicates that there is evidence that minimum wage does cause a reduction in jobs and the author is aware of it, but the author wants you to trust that it isn’t “solid”, which has no value assigned. “Solid” provides the “but I wasn’t wrong” retort later on.

BobMbx on December 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Obamacare is what matters right now. It’s still not working. Hopefully no one outside of MSNBC will actually buy this new strategy.
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Pivoty Pivoty Pivot!!

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Sounds like all Obama is looking to do to move the discussion and ‘fix’ the economy are many of the initial steps that Chavez and Maduro have taken in Venezuela. How is it working out for them? Or the people of Zimbabwe? Greece? Spain? Portugal? Cyprus?

Tossing out the raw meat to the base isn’t going to fix the challenges that the President’s policies and vision have delivered. Doubling down on failure only reinforces failure.

Athos on December 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Second verse same as the first:

Militants take hostages in Iraqi mall after deadly attack on intelligence HQ

http://rt.com/news/iraq-kirkuk-militants-attack-728/

davidk on December 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

He’s created a stagnant economy so the only way people can better themselves is through government redistribution. Which will lead to a worse economy and more calls to redistribute.

And so we spiral down…

kcewa on December 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

The WH admitted that not one person is enrolled in obama’care’.

Schadenfreude on December 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Dec. 4, 2013 5:38 PM ET
Obama: Income inequality a defining challenge
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http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2013-12-04-US-Obama/id-80900e34b8fc4e13a3de63a46cd07d40?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

canopfor on December 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Sleep well tonight:

The Associated Press ‏@AP 23m

BREAKING: Mexican nuclear official say stolen container of radioactive material found empty.

davidk on December 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Any chance we can get him to leave for Hawaii early this year?

tbrickert on December 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I was talking to my sister, who happens to be a clinpsy in Dallas, and she’s worried about what Zero might do being he’s a narcissist. She tells me when people like Zero meet an outcome the disapprove of and reflects badly on them,they often act out violently. What if Zerokare goes really south and the dems join the GOP to override Zero’s veto what would he do?? What would be possible? He has a lot power

rik on December 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

The youth unemployment rate doubled the last time the donks and Nanzi raised the minimum wage. That was during a good recession not Obama’s recovery.

jukin3 on December 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

taranto

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304096104579238270287118980

Now we must confess, political events around ObamaCare are moving a bit more slowly than we’d expected. We thought that as the Nov. 30 deadline approached and it became clear that the system would not even be technically functional, congressional Democrats would panic and all hell would break loose.

Instead, the administration seems to have bought–or stolen–itself a bit more time. It did so by gradually scaling back its promise from fully functional to kinda functional for many during off-peak hours. Not that it met even the latter standard, but the lower standard was by definition easier to meet, while its vagueness made it much more difficult to say definitively that it hadn’t been met.

Enough journalists are still willing to act as shills for this administration (even if their submission is not quite as abject as Paul Waldman and Tim Noah would like) that the “meeting” of the “deadline” generated a spate of positive stories. That allowed congressional Democrats–or at least House Democrats from safe districts–to declare themselves “back on offense,” as National Journal reported.

Of course those weren’t the Democrats anyone expected to defect. Rather, the ones to watch are the ones in the Senate, especially those up for re-election next year, and especially those from states Mitt Romney carried. We did a Google News search for “ObamaCare” with the name of each of the four senators who meet all those criteria–Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan of North Carolina–and it appears mum’s the word for all four.

Why? For the same reason each of them cast the deciding vote in favor of ObamaCare. Because while supporting a monstrous and unpopular policy is politically risky, so is dissenting from the party line. By defining down its deadline and taking advantage of the still-servile subset of the press corps, Obama heightened the immediate risks of dissent and made assent seem the safer course.

5 parts democratic centralism
3 parts media shills
1 part miley cyrus
1 part RINO quislings

shake and pour. Now will 51 percent of the people say yum, yum.

r keller on December 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Just another scheme to implement redistributive socialist policy without state socialism.

Tater Salad on December 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM

BREAKING: Mexican nuclear official say stolen container of radioactive material found empty.

davidk on December 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Great./

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Just heard they recovered the radioactive material.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Repubs should vote present. Let the minimum wage go up. Let it burn.

ncc770 on December 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Kent Sorenson is under investigation. Headline reads:

FBI searches home of former aide to Michele Bachmann

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fbi-searches-home-of-former-aide-to-michele-bachmann/

davidk on December 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Just heard they recovered the radioactive material.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Stolen radioactive material found about 1 kilometer from its container in Mexico, official says – @NBCNews, @AFP

davidk on December 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

After putting up token resistance let the Democrats have their minimum wage. What jobs Obamacare doesn’t destroy, minimum wages will. This time let’s not give them sideshow distractions like government shutdowns and let the socialistic skunks stew in their own stench.

MaiDee on December 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM

…Ten dollar Big Macs!…..can’t wait!

KOOLAID2 on December 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Why saddle employers with higher labor costs when the problem with low-skilled workers is their low skills? How does our education system escape blame?

We should protest and demand a “living education!”

Rich H on December 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Obama is giving himself a raise for after he gets impeached.

Steve Z on December 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Normally, the Taft-Hartly act prohibits unions using paid non-members from interfering with a business with which the union has no relationship. However, our thug in chief and his legal minions in the totally corrupt DOJ and the packed, corrupt, NLRB can totally ignore the law without consequences. Such are the prerogatives of our emperor.

Old Country Boy on December 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Attempting to justify existence:

Police in Spain, tipped by the NSA, arrest a man after seizing large collections of child sex abuse images – @SkyNews

davidk on December 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

it’s okay. business owners have piles and piles of money in their offices that magically appears there, so of course they can afford to pay more for min wage. duh!!/

Sachiko on December 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM

There’s no solid evidence that the minimum wage costs low-wage jobs.

Unless you actually look at the data, then lots of evidence.

Nanzi Pelousi’s minimum wage hike in 2007 from $5.15 to $5.85 and eventually to $7.25.

Youth unemployment 2006: men 11.9%, women 11.1%
Youth unemployment 2008: men 15%, women 12.8%

An immediate 2 year rise of unemployment for men of 26% and for women of 15.2%. That does appear to hurt low wage jobs.

To me that looks like some pretty solid evidence of minimum wage increases directly corresponding to youth unemployment dramatically going up.

Obama lies, he lies all the time. Even when he does not need to, Obama lies.

jukin3 on December 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

He’s the master of triva, nonsense and other irrevelant tripe.

rplat on December 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

why not raise it to $50 an hour?

Piker. $500 per hour, minimum. Why should only lawyers make that much ?

/

Kraken on December 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM

If, as the Progs claim, a higher minimum wage would be an all-around winner with no downside, why hasn’t a state with a Prog government (e.g., California) already raised it to $15/hr on its own?

PersonFromPorlock on December 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

How about his mugging of Adam Smith?

Ellis on December 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Actually, we will need to raise the minimum wage for doctors who are unable to get paid by Obamacare ™.

virgo on December 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

I’m with those in here calling for the minimum wage hike by voting “present.” Repubes need to call them out first and warn what will happen. Give endless speeches about basic economics and then let the low information morons complain when their Big Mac doubles in price and they lose their jobs (those who are actually working).

Decoski on December 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

NPR had no problem taking the bait. They were dutifully talking about wage gaps etc as if that were suddenly a big issue for some reason other than Obama needing a distraction.

NPR didn’t take the bait. They’re the ones who cast it out. NPR is the taxpayer funded propaganda organ for the Progressive movement and DNC. Their sole purpose is to push the pro-government message.

RobertE on December 5, 2013 at 10:12 AM

$15 an hour is a classic negotiation technique. Big Labor knows there’s no way in hell they’ll get that much. Unions and Progs will be perfectly happy with something in the 8.50-9.00 range.

RobertE on December 5, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Look! There’s Elvis.

(Works every time.)

Missilengr on December 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM

The only thing I look forward to is when King Putt and the Sham Queen are escorted from the White House the evaluations will begin in earnest on his LEGACY.
The comparisions will be brutal to the first (hopefully last) Affirmative Action Race Bating Poverty Pimp.
When forensic evaluators get done, the title of Complete and Utter Fraud is about the highest praise he’ll get from history. And it will not matter what the Prestitutes say or writed in his defense.
I just hope his abilities with doling out Presidential Pardons is a feckless as his leadership.

Missilengr on December 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

writed = write (darn laptop keyboard)

Missilengr on December 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

as feckless (I be tired)

Missilengr on December 5, 2013 at 10:54 PM