It is amazing how violently the Democrats shout about how the increase in the minimum wage law is the key to economic salvation. I’m not sure, even if we forget about increased unemployment and higher prices, how a $10.10 minimum wage is supposed to give us a vibrant economy.
Nevertheless, Democrat Representative George Miller of California insisted the Republicans are suffocating the economy by not passing this pay increase.
According to CNS News,
Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Republicans who oppose increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour are “standing on the throat of the economy.”
“So what are the Republicans doing when they won’t vote for the minimum wage?” Miller said. “They’re standing on the throat of our economy.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined labor union leaders and at a rally on Thursday that culminated an 11-state bus tour to push for the pay hike.
Miller said raising the minimum wage would help economic recovery.
“Because the economy is sluggish and your wages are the key to the recovery, we have to increase those wages,” Miller said. “That’s what this is about.”
Miller said Democrats would continue to push for the increase and claimed that in cities and states where the minimum wage has increased, the economy has improved.
“You can’t build a vibrant economy on the back of low-wage workers who don’t get a livable wage, who don’t get a decent wage,” Miller said. “It won’t work, and in those cities that have raised the minimum wage, there’s more activity. There’s more hiring. More people are eating out. That’s the facts.
“So what are the Republicans doing when they won’t vote for the minimum wage?” Miller said. “They’re standing on the throat of our economy.
“Our economy is gasping for air, trying to grow, and the Republicans are standing on the throat, because they could pass the minimum wage tonight – tomorrow morning, but they won’t do it,” Miller said.
I have a different idea. I think our economy is gasping for air fighting for a breath through the insane chokehold of economic regulation and Federal Reserve policy. Raising the minimum wage would be like slashing the throat of our economy. It would do to our nation what raising the wage has already done to our territories.
Democrats claim otherwise. They claim to believe that raising the minimum wage helps the economy.
OK, then, Democrats: raise it. I dare you.
But you know $10.10 is not going to produce a “vibrant economy.” If you really believe this magic will work, then show some compassion! Raise the minimum wage to $101.00 an hour. After all, whatever benefits would accrue at $10.10/hour will be multiplied by ten times, right?
Or do the Democrats really know that a minimum wage will hurt the economy? Perhaps they are hoping that, if they raise it by only a little bit, the damage will not be obvious enough to hurt them with the electorate.