Democrats, White House, Big Labor getting ready to go big on minimum wage in 2014

posted at 10:01 am on December 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It started out regularly enough, as yet another tactic from the progressive playbook with which Democrats would be able to shamelessly beat their Republican challengers over the head during their 2014 midterm campaigns with the most shallow, populist notions of “fairness” and “inequality” that their deeply misguided faux-economic sensibilities could think up.

But now… it’s become so much more. With ObamaCare definitively on the rocks, their campaign platforms are going to need a serious boost that can double as an outright distraction from the healthcare law’s many vagaries and the president’s lawless response to them — and what better way than with the evergreen economic awfulness that is an arbitrarily determined minimum-wage hike?

They’ve been readying the cannons in earnest, via the NYT:

The effort to take advantage of growing populism among voters in both parties is being coordinated by officials from the White House, labor unions and liberal advocacy groups.

In a series of strategy meetings and conference calls among them in recent weeks, they have focused on two levels: an effort to raise the federal minimum wage, which will be pushed by President Obama and congressional leaders, and a campaign to place state-level minimum wage proposals on the ballot in states with hotly contested congressional races. …

“It puts Republicans on the wrong side of an important value issue when it comes to fairness,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the president’s senior adviser. “You can make a very strong case that this will be a helpful issue for Democrats in 2014. But the goal here is to actually get it done. That’s why the president put it on the agenda.” …

At the same time, Democratic campaign officials and liberal activists — conceding that Democrats face tough prospects in some Senate races — are working to put minimum-wage increases on the ballot next year in places like Arkansas, Alaska and South Dakota. The hope is to stoke Democratic turnout in conservative-leaning states where the party’s Senate candidates have been put on the defensive by the mishandled rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

The wheels of what is quickly becoming a clutch piece of campaign strategery are already well in motion; the White House has already declared their support for a proposal that would jack up the minimum wage to $10.10/hour, and the Obama administration is planning more presidential speeches throughout the year that they hope they’ll be able to conveniently time along with any minimum-wage votes in Congress. Big Labor has offered its undying support for the proposal, of course, and are planning to shore up a grassroots campaign that can take better advantage of the idea at both the state and national levels — an idea that they never seem to fail to grasp is an entirely counterproductive and ultimately harmful method of reducing the income inequality that has only worsened throughout President Obama’s tenure.


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Here we go again…

OmahaConservative on December 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Because “they care”…

SQUIRREL!!!!!!!!!!

Khun Joe on December 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Paying someone $10 an hour to wash a car won’t “distribute” income from a billionaire…

right2bright on December 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Once again the Dems resort to bribing 60% of the population with the assets of the other 40%.

tommyboy on December 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

BTW, GO NAVY!! BEAT MIDDLE TENNESSEE!!

Khun Joe on December 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Economic illiteracy FTW!!!

crrr6 on December 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

They want One Wage.

Fleuries on December 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

They are persistent little suckers aren’t they?

DanMan on December 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Stop the FED interference in the private sector!

Minimum wage should be set by BUSINESS, not the government.

Theres no rational need for 16 year olds asking ” TICKET PLEASE ” to get any more than $5hr !

TX-96 on December 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

another banner year for the party of Unintended Consequences…

hillsoftx on December 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Pappy was right…..inequality will be the word of the year

cmsinaz on December 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

They continue to hate poor people, minorities, & young people.

22044 on December 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Squishy gop to cave in 5….4…..3

cmsinaz on December 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The House should offer up a bill to make it $50 an hour and send it to the Senate immediately.

trigon on December 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

If the Repub leadership had brains, which I doubt, they should produce and PR series that states: Maximum Income for ALL

georgealbert on December 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Tell the dems that it’s $50 an hour or nothing.

trigon on December 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Until the debt is gone how about congress critters get the same as a fry cook!

tim c on December 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

complaining about this doesn’t change the fact that it’s effective politically

the right needs a bumper sticker response to this that can reach low information voters

commodore on December 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Democrats, White House, Big Labor getting ready to go big on minimum wage in 2014 destroy more jobs and drive more jobs overseas.

Unions are for losers who don’t want to work but still get paid.

Flange on December 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Haven’t they done enough damage?

Deafdog on December 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Tell the dems that it’s $50 an hour or nothing.

trigon on December 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I agree…if the MW is such a good idea, then make it $50/hour…

PatriotRider on December 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Raise the minimum wage, raise prices, buy more idiot votes, screw middle class…

It sounds like a Democrat plan to me!

cajunpatriot on December 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM

If you have to rely on the government to raise your wages, you’re probably not doing it right.

antipc on December 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Let’s make a deal.

I’ll accept a minimum wage hike… in exchange we have to reform the poverty programs so that it makes it worth more to work than not work.

dforston on December 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Maybe I’m naive but who will this issue drive to the polls other than those making the current minimum wage? No Liberal salaried person is likely to be motivated by this.

Charlemagne on December 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Woot, America, are you ready for $15 Big Macs
and $19 Starbucks?

redguy on December 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

How will amnesty supporters in the CoC receive this?

Charlemagne on December 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

The obama’care’ needs a big squirrel.

A “Liberal Paradise” would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only Law Enforcement has guns.

And believe it or not, such a place does indeed exist . . . it’s called prison.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Boy, these Dems are smart. They not only get the votes of the “fairness” folks but they increase the number of Dem voters with all the illegal folks stampeding across our borders to get their share of the higher wages. Last person across the Rio Grande turn out the lights.

Herb on December 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

The might as well name the legislation: “The Robot Employment Act of 2014″ because robots won’t demand paid holidays and free birth control.

If this passes then someone will need to create a “People of Minimum Wage” website which has photos of people who supported this scheme and then lost their jobs because of it; nothing but jackasses with stupid looks on their faces.

Bishop on December 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

I think the Democrats should handle this like Obamacare. Write a 5000 page bill to raise the minimum wage. Tell people we have to pass it to find out what’s in it and then let the Secretary of Labor just pick a minimum wage number arbitrarily. Then when it goes to the Supreme Court Roberts can say it’s not really a wage but a tax on business.

DaveDief on December 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

After I get my raise in May-@Wally raises happen every year on your ‘anniversary’-I’ll likely be making $9.05 /hr. I’m delighted with that-because I’m a freaking produce clerk. I’m good at what I do. My job is worth 9-10 bucks an hour. It’s not worth 15.
I’m grateful to have a full-time job(I get 40 hrs a week)-but if a minimum wage increase is forced on employers-I might not have one anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Or maybe, due to their out of control printing of money they know that inflation is going to come on like a Tsunami and to pass the blame from themselves, they are proposing to raise minimum wages. After they raise the minimum wages, other wage scales will need their wages raised as well to compensate for the raising of product prices surely to follow.

SGinNC on December 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Haven’t they done enough damage?

Deafdog on December 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

We still exist, so… no.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Just don’t discuss it in the House and everything will be OK.

thuja on December 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Or maybe, due to their out of control printing of money they know that inflation is going to come on like a Tsunami and to pass the blame from themselves, they are proposing to raise minimum wages. After they raise the minimum wages, other wage scales will need their wages raised as well to compensate for the raising of product prices surely to follow.

SGinNC on December 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Add in their outstanding loan debt to Beijing, and you get Weimar Germany on steroids.

Look for daily wage hikes, and printing of bills with amounts never seen in the U.S.- probably applied with a rubber stamp at some point.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

President George W. Bush “inherited” the Dot Com bust and the 9/11/2001 attacks, both of which hurt our economy and decreased employment (increased unemployment).

The second part of the “Bush Tax Cuts” were signed May 28, 2003, and turned the economy around… both employment and revenues went UP as a result of the Bush Tax Cuts.

For employment numbers, use the Employment-population ratio: http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000
For Revenue numbers, use: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/hist01z1.xls

Employment under Bush and a Republican Congress hit a low of 62.0% in September 2003 and improved from there to 63.4% in December 2006.

The Democrats, including then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry, etc. inherited a GOOD economy from the outgoing Republican majority (which had held majority control for 12 straight years) on January 3, 2007. The economy didn’t tank until the Democrats passed a bill to raise the minimum wage 3 times in 3 years and failed to do anything about the Fannie/Freddie crisis about which they were warned but they had chosen to insist that there wasn’t any evidence of “Safety and soundness issues”.

ITguy on December 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

BTW, GO NAVY!! BEAT MIDDLE TENNESSEE!!

Khun Joe on December 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

As a transplant to Tennessee and an Army Wife.. BOO NAVY!

melle1228 on December 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

How will amnesty supporters in the CoC receive this?

Charlemagne on December 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

I think it’s a head fake. “Look over there…spend your energy on that“..while they shove amnesty down our throats. While we’re recovering from that, they chamber minimum wage into the barrel.
It’s been the tactic that works for them, i.e. overload any resisting force by fragmenting energy and focus.

Mimzey on December 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

After I get my raise in May-@Wally raises happen every year on your ‘anniversary’-I’ll likely be making $9.05 /hr. I’m delighted with that-because I’m a freaking produce clerk. I’m good at what I do. My job is worth 9-10 bucks an hour. It’s not worth 15.
I’m grateful to have a full-time job(I get 40 hrs a week)-but if a minimum wage increase is forced on employers-I might not have one anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Hey after I got my Bachelors Degree. The only law firm that would take me on after college so I could get the prerequisite “on the job” experience that other law firms wanted– paid me $8.50 an hour. I took it because I needed the experience, and ran when I had it. I was way underpaid, but I had a choice to get a job elsewhere. They got help for cheap and I got the experience that NO ONE else would give me. If I was a business person I would do the same thing.

melle1228 on December 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

They want One Wage.

Fleuries on December 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

It’s funny. Our system is in some ways worse than Soviet Communism. If you didn’t work in the USSR, you would be sent to a gulag in Siberia for reeducation.

blammm on December 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

an effort to raise the federal minimum wage, which will be pushed by President Obama and congressional leaders

The Employment-Population Ratio peaked at 64.7% in April 2000. That was the peak of the Dot Com bubble, but then the bubble burst and a lot of jobs were lost. By August 2001, the ratio was down to 63.2%.

Then the September 11, 2001 attacks came, and the economy took another hit.

The Dot Com Bust and the 9/11 attacks were an economic double-whammy.

The second part of the Bush Tax Cuts, the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, was signed by President Bush on May 28, 2003. The Employment-Population Ratio that month (May 2003) was 62.3%. While we were still losing jobs at that point, the low point came four months later, in September 2003, at 62.0%.

Then, the effects of the 2003 Bush Tax Cuts started to kick in, and both employment and revenues rose (that’s right, tax rates went down, but tax revenues went up) each year until the Democrats took majority control of the House and Senate.

Yes, the Bush Tax Cuts helped turn the economy around, and by December 2006, just over three and a half years since the passage of the second part of the Bush Tax Cuts, the Employment-Population Ratio was back up to 63.4%. (And FY 2007 revenues were a whopping 44% larger than FY 2003 revenues! LOWER tax rates led to significantly HIGHER revenues… tell that to any “progressive” who thinks that the Bush Tax Cuts “cost” us money!)

On January 3, 2007, then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, and Kerry, along with Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, etc. and new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, took majority control of the Senate and House.

Two days later, on January 5, 2007, the new Democrat majority introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage three times in three years.

That bill was eventually passed as a rider to troop funding (the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007), and the minimum wage was raised three times in three years, from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour (a more than 40% increase in 3 years).

1) Up $0.70 to $5.85 per hour on 2007-07-24,
2) up $0.70 to $6.55 per hour on 2008-07-24,
3) up $0.70 to $7.25 per hour on 2009-07-24.

And the Employment-Population Ratio dropped to:

62.9% in July 2007,
62.2% in July 2008,
59.3% in July 2009,

and has been
At or BELOW 58.7% for OVER FOUR YEARS (since September 2009).

The economy was in good shape when the Democrats (including then-Senator Obama) took majority control on January 3, 2007.

The economy tanked under Democrat majority control.

There has been NO RECOVERY in employment under Obama.

Now they want to raise the minimum wage by $1.75 to $9.00 per hour … a more than 24% increase, or a nearly 75% increase from where it was when employment-population ratio was 63.4%.

I don’t think the Republicans in the House will pass that, but if the Dems manage to push this through somehow, you can bet that the Employment-Population Ratio will drop even further, and teens will be hit especially hard.

NOTE WELL that the 2003 Bush Tax Cuts turned the economy around, increasing both employment and revenues.

NOTE WELL that the January 2007 shift in the balance of power (from Republican to Democrat) brought the recovery to an abrubt halt, then led to a steep recession and over 4 years of stagnation.

If they raise the minimum wage again, the employment-population ratio will sink even lower than where it is now, and tax revenues will decrease as well.

ITguy on December 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

“Howdy, Middle America! We’re the Democrats! Now that we’ve taken away a major a**load of your disposable income by doubling or tripling your healthcare premiums we’d like to raise the price of your groceries, gasoline, and greasy fast-food by doubling the wages of the folks that sell that stuff to you! Come on down and vote for us, you dumba**es!”

M240H on December 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Woot, America, are you ready for $15 Big Macs
and $19 Starbucks?

redguy on December 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2013/07/price-of-big-mac-could-rise-by-68-cents-if-minimum-wage-doubles/

Morelix created financial models based on McDonald’s annual reports and investor data. He estimated that paying workers $15 an hour could raise the price of a Big Mac to $4.67 from $3.99, as first reported by the Forbes. A Big Mac meal would jump to $6.66 from $5.69, and McDonald’s Dollar Menu would go to $1.17, Forbes reported.

“McDonald’s could cover fully half of the cost increase by raising the price of a Big Mac, on average, from $4 to $4.05,” the letter said. “The remaining half of the adjustment could come through small productivity gains or a slightly more equal distribution of companies’ total revenues.”

stingray9813 on December 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Agree to raise the MW as a trade off for no federal unemployment bennies of any kind. Heck, eliminate the Dept. of Labor and Labor Secretary as well.

DanMan on December 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Woot, America, are you ready for $15 Big Macs
and $19 Starbucks?

redguy on December 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Before we get to that point, McDonald’s and Starbucks will be very interested in replacing as many living and breathing employees with automation where ever possible. Much easier for work schedules too, cause machines don’t ask for time off, get sick or show up late for their shift. And no benefits needed, nor unemployment insurance and workers comp insurance need be paid either.

hawkeye54 on December 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

They know that they can leave the amnesty debate to the Chamber of Commerce.

RoadRunner on December 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

paying workers $15 an hour could raise the price of a Big Mac to $4.67 from $3.99, as first reported by the Forbes. A Big Mac meal would jump to $6.66 from $5.69, and McDonald’s Dollar Menu would go to $1.17,

And if McDonalds fretted about rising costs, they could always promote the new lower cost 1/8th pounder, fish fillet slider and Chicken McGranules.

hawkeye54 on December 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Because “fairness.” entitled

FIFY, Erika.

Shy Guy on December 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

We have far larger bigger economic problems than this. Give it to them now. Take it off the table then.

Zetterson on December 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Morelix created financial models based on McDonald’s annual reports and investor data. He estimated that paying workers $15 an hour could raise the price of a Big Mac to $4.67 from $3.99, as first reported by the Forbes. A Big Mac meal would jump to $6.66 from $5.69, and McDonald’s Dollar Menu would go to $1.17, Forbes reported.

“McDonald’s could cover fully half of the cost increase by raising the price of a Big Mac, on average, from $4 to $4.05,” the letter said. “The remaining half of the adjustment could come through small productivity gains or a slightly more equal distribution of companies’ total revenues.”

stingray9813 on December 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Oh yeah, brilliant analysis … except the price of everything else to produce that Big Mac goes up as well, Corky. There is an unaccounted-for ripple effect, not the least of which will be increased taxation to cover benefits to the newly unemployed. And wait’ll you see what happens to the price of produce and feed for livestock … yeah, it’ll be a hoot.

M240H on December 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Also known as the Entry Level Job Eradication Act.

MJBrutus on December 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

ITguy on December 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Using facts in debate? You do realize that facts are irrelevant when debating Leftists?

thuja on December 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Haven’t they done enough damage?

Deafdog on December 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

We still exist, so… no.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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That work will never be done. We are meant to be perpetually damaged if they should have their way. There is never enough damage to be done.

hawkeye54 on December 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Great opportunity to have a nice little chat with the Chamber about the electoral consequences of an amnesty push right now.

blammm on December 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

GOP… go on offense, nitwits!

MT on December 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

They don’t get to choose the topic of conversation.

Obamacare, Obamacare, oh and

Obamacare.

Ted Torgerson on December 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Maybe I’m naive but who will this issue drive to the polls other than those making the current minimum wage? No Liberal salaried person is likely to be motivated by this.
Charlemagne on December 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

I think you overestimate their common sense.

The problem GOPers have is they get maneuvered by the Democrats into a defensive mode, sounding as if they only care about the corporate bottom line instead of the adverse impact MW has on workers.

whatcat on December 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

complaining about this doesn’t change the fact that it’s effective politically

the right needs a bumper sticker response to this that can reach low information voters

commodore on December 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

You’re absolutely correct.
How about:
$10 Min wage = $10 Happy Meals!

mad scientist on December 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

GOP… go on offense, nitwits!
MT on December 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Yup.

They don’t get to choose the topic of conversation.
Obamacare, Obamacare, oh and
Obamacare.
Ted Torgerson on December 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

“First Obama made you lose your healthcare, then you lose your job.”

whatcat on December 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I think you overestimate their common sense.

The problem GOPers have is they get maneuvered by the Democrats into a defensive mode, sounding as if they only care about the corporate bottom line instead of the adverse impact MW has on workers.

whatcat on December 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Exactly! The GOP will get tarred for being “with” Wall Street, banks and big business and against the little guy. With some of the RINOs we have in Congress, I am not entirely sure they aren’t right. Dems aren’t any better, but now the Dem challenger have RINO voting records to hit us on; see cutting of Veteran benefits etc. Suddenly Dem challengers now have a right to say that RNC are anti-Veterans. Most of our current crop are idiots really.

melle1228 on December 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Haven’t they done enough damage?

Deafdog on December 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

When we reach the economic status of the USSR circa 1980′s they’ll be done, they’ll never admit it, but they’ll be done.

antipc on December 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

How about Congress being paid minimum wage? Except that it would most likely result in the minimum wage being set at some astronomical level.

HiJack on December 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Republicans should demand $100 an hour for “fairness”. Fight fire with fire. Show everyone how moronic their ideas are.

ncgalt1984 on December 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

You’re absolutely correct.
How about:
$10 Min wage = $10 Happy Meals!

mad scientist on December 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

You should get your mark on that.. :) That is a very effective slogan.

melle1228 on December 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Haven’t they done enough damage?

Deafdog on December 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

That’s the message that needs to be targeted at the poor and the economically ignorant.

98ZJUSMC on December 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Yeah, the labor market is going great guns right now. It’s primo time for the pols to push a new minimum wage.

So who will they blame when unemployment starts creeping back up along with the associated inflation if such a law were passed?

GarandFan on December 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Republicans should demand $100 an hour for “fairness”. Fight fire with fire. Show everyone how moronic their ideas are.

ncgalt1984 on December 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Meh, not only demand $100 minimum wage, but demand a federally mandated minimum 20 hour workweek. I mean, how useful is a “living” wage of $100/hr if your employer has you working 5 hours a week.

hawkeye54 on December 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Now they want to raise the minimum wage by $1.75 to $9.00 per hour … a more than 24% increase, or a nearly 75% increase from where it was when employment-population ratio was 63.4%.

ITguy on December 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

What I wrote above was based on the $9/hr that Obama was pushing earlier this year…

Mr. Obama urged Congress during his State of the Union address early this year to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, from $7.25 now, and index it to inflation.

Dems are now pushing for $10.10/hr

the White House has already declared their support for a proposal that would jack up the minimum wage to $10.10/hour

So I need to update my comment as follows:

Now they want to raise the minimum wage by $2.85 to $10.10 per hour … a more than 39% increase, or a more than 96% increase from where it was when the employment-population ratio was 63.4%.

ITguy on December 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Wait for it. Here it comes: “I was all for increasing the minimum wages, I just didn’t expect that I’d have to pay for it”. Goodbye, Dollar menu.

RSbrewer on December 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Pappy was right…..inequality will be the word of the year

cmsinaz on December 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10540378/Bill-de-Blasio-to-embark-on-battle-against-inequality-as-New-York-mayor.html

davidk on December 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM

So who will they blame when unemployment starts creeping back up along with the associated inflation if such a law were passed?

The usual suspects, the 1%ers, Wall Street, Big Business, the GOP, Bush, etc., of course. They will never, ever blame themselves or accept blame.

hawkeye54 on December 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM

The minimum wage, how original! Baby food for the idiots but it works for them, a major voting bloc. Another example of Democrat/media collusion and cynicism.

arand on December 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I’ll see your $10 minimum wage and raise you repeal of Obamacare.

HiJack on December 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM

BTW, GO NAVY!! BEAT MIDDLE TENNESSEE!!

Khun Joe on December 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

As a transplant to Tennessee and an Army Wife.. BOO NAVY!

melle1228 on December 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

;-)

USNA ’81 grad…

Khun Joe on December 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

So who will they blame when unemployment starts creeping back up along with the associated inflation if such a law were passed?

GarandFan on December 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

George Bush, of course.
Duh.

AesopFan on December 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Min. wage + amnesty = prosperity

davidk on December 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Oregon has a full service law for gas stations for the safety you know. Oregon has for years sold more gas through automated cardlocks than the full employment gas stations. Automation coming to a Mc Donalds near you.

CW20 on December 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

So evidently top Democratic strategists have determined that clamoring for a minimum wage increase will mitigate the damage done by Obamacare and allow them to keep the Senate and hold their own in the House. Are they right? Raising the minimum wage is a gut issue, after all. It’s easy to sell, especially to LIVs. Republicans who oppose it are always left looking either like mean-spirited, black-hearted Monopoly board cartoons or like science class geeks holding up complicated-looking charts and graphs and talking in the strange, esoteric language of arithmetic.

I say take the issue away from the Democrats by encouraging the Republican-controlled House to pass legislation raising the minimum wage right away, immediately, as soon as they’re back in session. In fact, they should pass a minimum wage increase even higher than the Democrats are demanding so that the increase, if passed, would have a catastrophic effect on our already moribund, recessionary economy. Force the Democratic Senate to lower it, if they dare.

Time and again, the Democrats beat Republicans with the club of class warfare, claiming the GOP solely represents the interests of the rich. There’s an element of truth to that since the big money donor corporate interests pulling the strings of the GOP Establishment are, in fact, the main drivers behind Republican support for amnesty in the name of immigration reform because they’re giddy at the thought of suddenly legalized millions of low-wage workers into the economy. It should also be noted that these venal and unprincipled men are also the same people spending millions of dollars to counter those whom they view as Tea Party and conservative extremists within the GOP.

I argue that the Republican Party needs to take a more populist approach. The Democrats are clearly no longer the party of working people. We can be, and the message would be simple enough: We’re the makers, they’re the takers. We could win with such a message, and we could also get rid of the unhealthy influence of unpatriotic, fatcat corporate types who could care less about the future of the country.

Coolidge, God bless him, was wrong on this one. The business of the country is not business. There’s a higher purpose here, especially when confronted by a stealth socialist takeover the federal government.

troyriser_gopftw on December 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Politico shilling for pajama-obama.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Tell the truth and you’re chopped meat in the USA, today.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Higbie, a senior criminal investigator and the second-highest-ranking agent with the service’s Dallas office, also has an employment lawsuit against the department, alleging it retaliated against him.

The hacking of Higbie’s e-mail follows a mysterious break-in at Schulman’s Dallas law firm in July, shortly after the whistleblower allegations came to light.

The burglar sawed a hole through the wall from an adjoining office and stole three computers, but left behind other valuables.

Although cops arrested a petty thief for the crime, Schulman said, “We feel like we’re in a movie. It’s nuts. It makes us wonder . . . . maybe we’ve got something we don’t even realize or maybe they’re worried about something.”

But … Snowden would have been totally untouched if he had gone through official channels.

NSA’s data-sweeping and other programs must be evaluated in the full context of executive mis-conduct at State, DOJ, IRS, DOD, and agencies that haven’t hit the news yet.

AesopFan on December 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

The job market still down 5 years after the crash?

I know, we’ll raise prices on labor; that’ll increase jobs available. Because nothing drives up demand like raising the price.

Like if a gas station opens up down the block with $10/gallon gas; everybody would go there; right? No? Why not?

gekkobear on December 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

They are persistent little suckers aren’t they?

DanMan on December 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Yes, like almost all parasitic infections.

GWB on December 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM

dagnabit. infections => infestations

GWB on December 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

What a nasty cynical attempt to use economic ignorance to curry favor with the NIVs and the LIVs. I’ve been seeing meme’s like this popping up on facebook.

dogsoldier on December 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Even though it polls well, Dems may overestimate how much leverage they can really gain from it. It’s not a measure that would actually impact many voters directly, and appealing to a misplaced sense of unprincipled idealism really just won’t cut it when there are real tangible issues like mandates still burdening families.

theperfecteconomist on December 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM

AesopFan on December 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Off the top of your head can any of you name the other NSA whistleblowers and what they revealed?

dogsoldier on December 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

The other NSA whistleblowers followed the “officially approved” process and therefore got smothered and remain ineffective.

The elites hate Snowden because he exposed them on many levels.

dogsoldier on December 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

The job market still down 5 years after the crash?

I know, we’ll raise prices on labor; that’ll increase jobs available. Because nothing drives up demand like raising the price.

Like if a gas station opens up down the block with $10/gallon gas; everybody would go there; right? No? Why not?

gekkobear on December 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Good. An analogy even the LIV can understand.

davidk on December 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The Democrats are heartless shills for their corporate donors. I say we raise it to 12 BUCKS AN HOUR and throw in an immigration moratorium to keep wages high!

Name the bill the Ronald Reagan Wage Increase Act of 2014.

Punchenko on December 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM

since the lie’n moneyWhore politicians can suspend economic laws why only a measly 15 bucks an hour… lets make it 15,000 an hour.Then everyone can afford ObamaCare premiums and deductibles.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Democrats, White House, Big Labor getting ready to go big on minimum wage in 2014

Alternate title;

Democrats, White House, Big Labor Ready to Further Reduce already historic Unemployment Numbers

They DO understand that when the minimum wage is raised less people are hired and, best case, full-time jobs are shifted to part time due to cost- right?

Marcus Traianus on December 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

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