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Which side is which?

February 19, 2013 - Chris Tomassucci
Just so we’re all on the same page here, it is not the position of our president or the Democratic party that the minimum wage is too high.

The president proposed raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour and pegging it to the cost of living in his State of The Union address. He did this because his party has always been the party for raising the minimum wage, even if it is to a measly $9 an hour.

In June of last year, the Democrats in congress proposed raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour and were immediately shot down with contempt by their loyal Republican opposition.

President Obama called for raising the minimum wage when he was running for reelection last year. The Republicans ran against him for that position. Mitt Romney actually bragged about having vetoed a bill when he was governor that would have raised the Massachusetts minimum wage.

The reason Obama didn’t propose an actual livable wage (say something like $13-15 an hour) in his State of The Union address is because he already knew that Republicans would never even consider raising it to $9 an hour.

Republicans have always been against raising the minimum wage. In fact, a large number of Republicans in Congress at this very moment don’t want there to be a minimum wage at all! They see it as too burdensome on the wage payers in our economy.

$9 an hour is not enough to live on. It is just barely above the poverty line. But let’s make sure we know which side is which here. President Obama and the Democratic party are for raising the minimum wage and Republicans are not, period. Full stop.



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