Checking on where we are with the #minimumwage. Meanwhile: TPP

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This is a conversation I had with my son today.

Him: “Did you hear about the minimum wage?”

Me: “Huh?”

Him: “I heard it’s going to get raised to $9.20.”

Me: [dumbfounded] “What?”

Him: “Yeah. Look it up. ”

I looked it up and — I would not with confidence say Obama will do anything with the minimum wage.

Do people WANT him to do something?  Yes.

I learned that back in February of 2013President Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25 and to automatically adjust it with inflation”.

I learned that in July 2013 Obama said he would use, “whatever executive authority I have to help the middle class.”

I also learned that just yesterday, a Dem. from Ohio, Tim Ryan, said that he and others are pushing Obama to act “boldly” on the issue even if it means bypassing Congress and that he’d announce that in his state of the state address. source: PJ Tatler:

I also learned from Pew that most of the public is OK with an increase.

After conducting a Jan. 15-19 poll among 1,504 adults, Pew Research pronounced that, “Overall, 73% of the public favors raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. And 63% back a one-year extension of unemployment benefits for those who have been out of work a long time. Both issues receive nearly unanimous support from Democrats and are favored by wide margins among independents but divide the GOP.”

Obama could take some heat off himself by raising the minimum wage for ONLY federal contractors – – something that he talked about doing with the use of the executive order.  Seventeen members of the congressional progressive caucus reminded him about that last July.

Then last week, Ellison confronted Jason Furman, Obama’s chief economist, at a think tank event.  (Which is awesome and I wish I had video of this but I can’t find it.)  Check this out:

In an unusual move, CPC Co-Chair Keith Ellison, D-Minn., last week questioned Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors chairman, Jason Furman, from the audience of a panel at a think tank. Asked by Ellison about prospects for progress “outside of legislative action” on behalf of contracted workers, Furman answered that, “There’s no doubt that the biggest thing we could do is something legislative,” because “the biggest question” is, “How can we make sure that there’s no one in this country that’s paid less than $10.10 an hour?” Ellison told Salon that was “the most remarkable dodge I’ve ever seen.”

The pressure got ratcheted up a notch this week Wednesday when non-union minimum-wage food service and janitorial staff at the Pentagon walked off the job.  

Yup.  They’re on strike.

Democracy Is So Out These Days
If Obama uses an executive order to do anything, the Tea Party could go nuts because an executive order is not as democratic as going through congress.

But Obama has already been negotiating a secret international deal called the TPP that favors foreign corporations over domestic laws.  

So with that in mind, does anybody really think he cares about what’s democratic?

MORE:

If you want to know where TPP is now, try this article: People Pressure is Making Fast Tracking the TPP Politically Toxic 

Tweeters should take special note of this info from Truthdig:

“Every Tuesday there is a TPP twitter storm at 9 PM Eastern.  Follow the hashtag #TPPMediaMarch to participate. There will be a special TPP storm during the State of the Union on January 28.”

MLK FYI:
On MLK day Rep. Keith Ellison released a statement that said that protesters who marched on Washington during Martin Luther King’s era called for a $2/hour minimum wage which is the equivalent of $15/hour in today’s dollars.
 

 

 

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  2 comments for “Checking on where we are with the #minimumwage. Meanwhile: TPP

  1. blue cheddar
    January 27, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Yours is an excellent comment. Yeah – Christine Sinicki had it right.

  2. nonquixote
    January 25, 2014 at 5:11 am

    When the Chief Executive says, “middle class.” who is he referring to? $7.20 up to $9.00 for a minimum wage describes part-time, and some full-time people at the bottom, the working poor. Upper limits of low wage employees, would be home construction techs, licensed electrician/plumbers, employed by a company apprentice level skilled, Lower Middle-class would be managers, licensed professionals likely charging you $50-$80. an hour for some service. Then you get private small town attorneys and final reviews from tax accountants in the $80-$200 or so, per hour range. So people at the bottom, don’t hold your breath on top of not having enough to eat or pay your heat o fill the gas tank on your 15 yr old vehicle if you are without public transportation in rural WI.

    Thank you Christine Sinicki, Bullshit! Don’t believe for a second that Obomba is talking about you, the bottom level working poor, when he mentions middle class. If he had any balls he’d just have his high priced government teat lawyers, draft an executive order (Terror Tuesday’s anyone?) and pop the bottom up to $18/hr. Does anyone think that bids for the machinery of war, limits costs incurred form Rayteon, McD/Douglas, GE, BP or the rest whose corporate profit our voluntary army is ordered to defend and spill blood and die for? Nearly 50 years of the same crap, April 30, 1975,* during my life.

    Excellent post.

    *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Saigon

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