Minimum Wage Increase — NOT!
Remember that phrase “begging the question” from your old Critical Thinking classes? Here is a textbook example.
The rightwing argument (without a shred of evidence) against raising the minimum wage has always been “jobs will be eliminated. You'll only be hurting the people you're trying to help.” And now that the minimum wage is just about to be raised for the first time in ten years, the wingnuts are trying to block it by using their tired disproven argument.
Senate Reactionaries are blocking the minimum wage increase until it is accompanied by massive tax breaks for employers who will be affected by the increased minimum wage. And of course this reinforces their underlying unproven belief that an increased minimum wage will create too much hardship for employers, who will in turn lay off their workers. And the circle goes round and round…
The minimum wage increase isn’t dead yet, but it'll be on hold for awhile. Ted Kennedy said “Why can’t we do just one thing for minimum wage workers, no strings attached, no giveaways for the powerful?”
Marie Antoinette is alive and well in the United States Senate.