Congressional Democrats Tim Ryan and Jan Schakowsky have pledged to live on $77 weekly budget as part of “Live the Wage” channel designed to draw attention to the minimum wage. However, critics say that if the Democrats really wanted to understand the plight of the common man, they should live on the wage their interns are paid: $0 per week.
A slew of prominent Democrats will spend the next week on a minimum wage budget as part of the Live the Wage campaign that is being orchestrated by cash-heavy astroturf groups.
A union front group leading the charge for higher fast food wages is recruiting unpaid workers to advance its agenda.
Raise Up for $15, an advocacy group backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), posted an advertisement on Idealist.Org in search of a “pro bono wage theft advocate.”
Panera Bread CEO Rob Shaich, a Democratic donor and minimum wage supporter, recently announced that he will be replacing cashiers with computers.
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A new survey found that President Barack Obama’s minimum wage hike would shutter 3 percent of small businesses and force 30 percent to curb hiring.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) is obstructing a potential compromise over legislation to increase the minimum wage. You can read about it in this THE POLITICO article under the triumphant headline: “Harry Reid remains firm on $10.10 minimum wage.”
That’s one way of putting it.
Reid has made clear that compromise is out of the question. Senator Susan Collins (R., Maine), a noted Tea Party radical, is reaching out to lawmakers on both sides in the hope of crafting a bill that could actually pass. She has suggested a smaller wage increase, and the addition of some minor GOP-backed reforms. Is it a long shot? Sure. But red state Democrats such as Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu have already distanced themselves from Reid’s hard line. Or, as the excitable scribes at Daily Kos more eloquently put it: “Wimp Democrats look to split the baby on minimum wage.” As usual, Harry Reid is more than happy to woo the Kos crowd, and serve up heaping platters of whatever the left-wing equivalent of “red meat” is. Heirloom pomegranates?