Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) proposal to mandate raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour was given a pink slip when eight, count em, eight Democrat senators joined the Republicans to reject the measure for whatever reasons I don’t care just so long as it failed.
The eight senators that the Woke Supremacists are now poking needles into their voodoo dolls are Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Angus King (I-ME) and Independent who caucuses with Democrats voted against the measure, joining every Republican in the upper chamber.
The vote failed at 42–58. The socialists needed 60 votes to overrule the Senate parliamentarian’s decision that a minimum wage increase can’t be embedded in a broader COVID-19 stimulus bill. The fact that they even tried shows that they don’t give a rat’s behind about the parliamentarian rules in the first place. Most honest people would want to do something and then say, “Oh, it’s against the rules? Well, then okay, I guess that’s that,” but not the socialists. They just want what they want and rules be damned. I’m surprised they haven’t already canceled the parliamentarian. Maybe a group of Woke thugs will show up outside her home at 2 am in the morning banging pots and pans and singing chants with signs saying “Where’s my f’ing money!”
Senator Sinema took to social media to tweet that she supports raising the minimum wage because she knows “what it is like to face tough choices while working to meet your family’s most basic needs.”
“Senators in both parties have shown support for raising the federal minimum wage and the Senate should hold an open debate and amendment process on raising the minimum wage, separate from the COVID-focused reconciliation bill,” she said.
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) March 5, 2021
I can see a primary in her future.
Manchin, who wants people to think he’s a centrist said in an interview with The Hill that he doesn’t support the $15 per hour increase, but that he’s open to raising the minimum wage to something that is “responsible and reasonable.” In West Virginia, his home state, he suggested that it should be $11 per hour when adjusted for inflation.
Personally, I don’t think the minimum wage itself is responsible or reasonable. What right does the federal government have to tell businesses in states how much they must at least pay their workers? On top of that, every single time the minimum wage is increased the little guy gets hurt. That’s right, the workers who are making minimum wage or just slightly above it are the ones who lose their jobs because many small businesses can’t afford the increase.
Here’s the dirty little secret that the DC swamp rats won’t tell you. Every time the Democrats push for a minimum wage increase they tell you they’re doing it because they think the little guy deserves to make a living wage. What they’re really doing is giving paybacks to unions that donate money to get them reelected. The scam goes like this. In many union contracts, the minimum wage is tied in. What I mean is it’s in their union contracts that if the minimum wage goes up say 5% then the already overinflated union-wage must also go up 5%. So, a person currently making $7.25 per hour, the current federal minimum wage would then be increased to $15 an hour, or a 106.8966% increase, which is okay. According to ZipRecruiter, the average union worker when all areas of the country are considered is $20 per hour. That means while the little guy is getting $15 an hour, the average user worker will now have a salary of over $41. What a scheme!
Some Democrats who have probably never had to run a payroll condemned the eight senators who voted against the minimum wage hike.
“Are you on the side of the working people in America who desperately need a raise? Or are you on the side of the wealthy and the powerful who want to continue exploiting their workers and paying starvation wages?” Bernie Sanders said. He added, “It ain’t more complicated than that.” Actually, it is more complicated than that, but Bernie works at a third-grade level when ciphering numbers.
Democrats have demonstrated that they never cared one iota for the small businesses they would destroy with moves like increasing the minimum wage. Democrats and Socialists are always telling us that they believe that the working man should be able to be paid a living wage. I submit to you that most businesses do pay a living wage. People can live on $7.25 an hour if they didn’t have all the taxes taken out that are confiscated from each paycheck. The current minimum wage would be about $1,100 bucks a month take-home pay if there were no taxes taken out, not bad for an unskilled worker.
That’s another thing. Democrats understand that most people earning minimum wage are usually young people who are just starting out in the labor market and that they raise themselves out of minimum wage within the first six months of employment. Earning minimum wage is just temporary for most people. Some adults work a minimum wage job but it’s usually a second job that they work to supplement their full-time earnings. If you’re raising a family working for years at a minimum wage job then you have more problems than only earning minimum wage.
My Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman, an idiot, a Democrat, but then I repeat myself, who is now running for the Senate seat that will be vacant when the RINO Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) retires in 2022, said that “every single senator who voted against a $15 minimum wage today should be forced to live on $7.25 an hour so that they can demonstrate to all of us how it’s possible.” How about every single executive branch official in the Tom Wolf administration be forced to live without any income for a year the way they did to millions of Pennsylvanians who lost their job because of the forced COVID lockdowns?
Toomey said back in January about a White House proposal, “If the federal government mandates a universal $15 minimum wage, many low-income Americans will lose their current jobs and find fewer job opportunities in the future.”
As Congress fought to get the economic not really stimulus bill passed, the Labor Department on Friday said that US employment surged in February, adding 379,000 jobs, significantly higher than many economists had expected. Thank you, Donald Trump!
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) virtue-signaled that millions of jobs are still lost to the pandemic and people are still struggling to pay their rent, so Washington has to act aggressively, even though it Washington has zero authority Constitutionally to do any of it.
“Sometimes the macro statistics get in the way. The top-end is doing very well … But so many other people are struggling,” he said.
The problem with morons like Schumer is that he wants you to think it’s the top-end wage earner’s fault that the others are struggling when the reality is the government is the bad guy here because the government shut businesses down.
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