This is the day that Republicans handed the 2014 election and many future elections to Democrats.
After voting to give tax cuts to the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and other uber rich owners of the Republican Party, the GOP blocked the Senate’s efforts to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
It is, as the title of Jason Easley’s article suggests: Class Warfare GOP style.
It’s also an indicator of just how profound racist attitudes are within the Republican Party. When speaking in opposition to a minimum wage increase, Ted Cruz said:
“Every senator who votes ‘yes’ is voting with an absolute certainty that hundreds of thousands of workers, including a great many African-American teenagers and a great many Hispanic teenagers, will be laid off as a consequence of their vote. I would challenge any of the senators in this chamber to look in the eyes of those African-American teenagers, those Hispanic teenagers who are looking for a better opportunity.”
Of course, like everything else Ted Cruz says this is a compilation of lies, that the Republican Party relied on throughout the debate. In essence they are trying to suggest that most minimum wage workers are just trying to earn some extra income after school to supplement their allowance.
The reality is that most minimum age earners are over the age of 20 with a third of them over the age of 40 and they are white. These are people who are trying to support families on what can only be called a slave wage. One in four American children are supported by parents who earn the minimum wage.
If you ask me, an increase of $10.10 to minimum wage earners is a step in the right direction. However, as difficult as it is to increase the minimum wage, in a Congress that only cares about the richest of the rich; there are way too many Americans trying to survive on incomes below the minimum wage. In fact, Huffington Post posted a list of 9 occupations that pay below the minimum wage. Businesses can also get away with paying disabled people a “special minimum wage” which is far below the minimum wage. In fact, some disabled people are working for as little as 25 cents per hour!
The political reality is that most Americans recognize it’s time to stop subsidizing corporations that refuse to pay their employees a decent wage. It’s simply wrong.
Even if Republicans wish to dispense with the immorality of under paying employees than comparing them to wild animals because they rely on SNAP to survive, the reality is everyone benefits from paying these adults with children a more livable wage. For one thing, that money would go back into the economy and it would not increase the deficit by $310 billion, as would the Republican proposal for more tax cuts for the rich would. Sandy Levin offers some drastically needed perspective on that $310 billion dollar deficit increase that will only benefit the richest Americans.
“The total represents nearly two-thirds of all non-defense domestic discretionary spending in 2014. It is more than three times what we spend annually on education, job training and social services. It is five times more than we spend on veterans. And it is five times more than we spend on medical research and public health.”
The only Republican Senator to vote with the Democrats on the minimum wage increase was Bob Corker of Tennessee.
The reality is anyone who is even contemplating voting for these Republican clowns is either too inept to understand that the only thing Republicans are creating is more poverty or if they knowingly support policies designed to harm Americans and our economy, they are just as unpatriotic as the Republican Party is.
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