Thanks to the policies of the Democrats this has been one of the worst economic recoveries ever. Ask millions of Americans how the recovery has gone for them and you’ll hear sad stories about lost jobs, lost homes and lost health insurance. Younger Americans are forced to move back in with their parents when they can’t find decent jobs. Now the Democrats want to make it harder to find even entry level, minimum wage jobs. But that’s not how they’ll tell it when they use the minimum wage as their big issue for 2014.
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.
With polls showing widespread support for an increase in the $7.25-per-hour federal minimum wage among both Republican and Democratic voters, top Democrats see not only a wedge issue that they hope will place Republican candidates in a difficult position, but also a tool with which to enlarge the electorate in a nonpresidential election, when turnout among minorities and youths typically drops off.
“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.” (Read More)
The minimum wage in New York will increase to $9.00 per hour in 2014. One local business owner was just interviewed on the local news and she said that she will hire fewer teenagers next summer for her ice cream stand. I’m sure the kids who won’t get jobs would have been happy to work for $8 per hour, now they won’t get the chance.
Oh, and polls might show a lot of people support an increase in the minimum wage, but maybe they should ask if they support an increase in the cost of goods and services to make it possible. Chances are support will dwindle.