post by UptheFlag
It appears that Democrats have a problem with increasing the minimum wage. Since
the time of FDR Democrats have been supporters of the minimum wage. Wait a minute!
Is that true or a myth?
The principal author of this blog has recently mentioned religious myths. There are also
political myths. If we look at the minimum wage issue objectively, the Democrats are
sorely lacking in passing minimum wage cost of living increases. To be sure the Dems
mouth increasing the minimum wage, but their legislation has been sorely lacking.
Today, the minimum wage is like $7.25, and it has been that for about 30 years. Really?
30 years! How much of that time did the Dems control Congress and or the White House?
Now, lately the President has been using his bully pulpit to attack the House and,
therefore, the GOP over enacting minimum wage increase. It is good to see that, but for
what avail as the House will be controlled by the GOP thru 2014. The President has said
repeatedly that if Congress doesn’t act on important issues, he will.
By Executive Order The President can set incoming wages for federal workers, and this
includes employees of construction contractors. Obama has been asked repeatedly to increase
their minimum wage to what he wants, $10.10, and repeatedly he has denied it.
So, is Obama going to do more than threaten to use his executive powers to grant minimum
wage increases or will it just be another play on words? Unfortunately, it seems that the
latter will happen. Obama and Dems have been whining about the minimum wage issue for
not just the past few weeks but for 30 years and have not done anything substantively about
It seems likely that the President and Democrat office seekers prefer to have the real
political issue instead of solving the problem. Yep, here it is again, “not a dimes worth
of difference” , eh. In either case neither one wants minimum wage legislation, ideology
and political whinning is more important than an immediate wage increase.