Chris Matthews: Minimum wage is “a great way to screw the other side”

posted at 7:01 pm on February 22, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Yes, I suppose that might be true. Democrats certainly picked this not-ObamaCare battle strategically, seeing as majority of Americans do like at least the idea of a minimum-wage hike on the federal level. It’s really just so good of the Democrats to mercilessly exploit that economic populism with more intellectually bankrupt lies about the ostensible benefits of mandating employers to pay all of their workers a certain arbitrary wage — instead of doing the harder thing, like Republicans, and campaigning to make sure that Americans don’t get screwed in the process. Via RCP:

They come walk in the door, we would like you to sign this and Peter King is waiting for them. Peter King, does he want to have to sign that? He doesn’t want to not sign it. Pat Meehan, Mike Fitzpatrick, Gerlach, these other guys, they’re going to say, ‘Wait a minute, if I don’t sign this, then they’ll be able to go out and announce — the Democrats — that I, representing a lot of working, middle class families that I’ve said no to minimum wage.’ I think it’s a great way to screw the other side into doing something you want them to do. And it’s a win-win, because if they don’t do it, you kill them in November.


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The minimum wage increase is to lift people out of poverty. But they already are above the poverty level;

A single person earning minimum wage of $7.25/hr is above the federal poverty line if they work 31 hours a week.

But because of ObamaCare those people would likely have their hours reduced to 28 or 29 hours a week which would slide them back under the federal poverty line. On the other hand they would be eligible for free Medicaid.

The federal guideline for 2 people at poverty level is $15,510 /yr To earn that on minimum wage would require about 41.2/hrs a week.

But on the other hand a single raise of 3.5% would put them over the poverty level with no over time. To get that raise would require one to show up for work on time, and to do the work assigned to them.

Dasher on February 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

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