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The Debate over $10.10

Sunday, February 23, 2014

What if:

Say you were given a big shiny red button..

By pressing the button, you can lift 900,000 people out of poverty, giving them an instant raise to $10.10 per hour. 

But what if by pressing the button, you may be eliminating 500,000 to a 1,000,000 jobs or maybe none. That is what a recent report said by the CBO (Congressional Budget Office). For me, I hardly can believe that increasing the minimum wage would eliminate that many jobs. As far as I'm concerned the CBO is over-estimating the number of jobs that 'can' be lost. It is out of line with almost every other major study concerning the effects of raising the minimum rage to $10.10 per hour. What I see by raising the minimum wage is that would mean that there would be more spending power, more money getting pushed right back in the economy. People would purchase more, and they would be able to pay more bills and increase their credit worthiness.

The answer to the question may not come until long after you pushed the button, or you may never know.

So again, the main question here, should we raise the Federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour? 

There has been a bill that was introduced by Democrats and supported by President Obama that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

What is President Obama's reason for the raise? Yesterday 2/22/2014, President Obama made a statement on the website - stating:

  "Let's tell Congress to say yes. Pass that bill! Give America a raise, because here in America, no-one who works hard should have to live in poverty, and everyone who works hard should have a chance to get ahead."

The present minimum wage now is $7.25 per hour and going to $10.10 per hour would be a major increase, in matter of fact, a 39% increase. The bill as written would be tied to inflation, so increasing the minimum wage would be automatic as the years go on.

Of course, the opposition to the bill are the Republicans. They claim that raising the minimum wage would cause businesses to hire less people, ultimately hurting low wage workers and the economy.

The supporters of the bill and Democrats say that putting more money in the worker's pockets can only help the economy.

If you look at it, both sides have legitimate points. But if you were to ask me what I would do, I would push that red button and increase the minimum wage that would effect almost 1 million people.

A report by the Congressional Budget Office, which is to be a non-partisan, non-influential office says that it would raise the incomes of 16.5 million people that would see the raise who currently make between $7.25 and $10.10 per hour. And there are at lease 8 million people who are already making $10.10 per hour. Their employers wouldn't want them to stay at a minimum wage level, so they would see a pay increase.
By raising the minimum wage, there would be at least $5 billion more in income for poor families and at least 14 million more in income for the middle class. This would lift at least 900,000 people out of poverty. Now is this the reason why Republicans are against a hike in minimum wage. As with every bill they have sponsored in the past, they seem to want to help themselves and the rich and not the middle class. Recently, a Republican controlled House would not allow a vote on unemployment insurance to reach the House floor, thanks to the majority leader John Boehner and are not in favor to vote on a minimum wage bill. Again, most likely for selfish reasons, the main being that whatever President Obama wants or the Democrats want, the Republicans say they want the opposite. Boehner and the Republicans are not concerned what the Americans that voted them in office want. Only time will tell, and the Republicans should get another wake-up call in the mid-term elections this year.

Just stated are guesses and facts of what raising the minimum wage would do. Now, I will pose the question again. Will you press the 'red button' if by pressing it would instantly give minimum wage workers $10.10 per hour? Without hesitation, I would.


John McCain Announcement Favors Hillary Clinton

Friday, February 21, 2014

In a CNN report, a revelation by John McCain should be something that our friends from the right side of the isle should look at.  Here is what he said…

“I would bet, my friend, as much as I hate to admit it, that right now - this is why we have campaigns – but right now, if the election were tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would most likely be the president of the United States,” the Arizona Republican said.

At one time not so long ago, she had a formidable candidate across the isle, namely Chris Christie. But do to the scandals that he faces at this time, and the possibility that he may even have step down as Governor of New Jersey because of the bridge scandal, Christie has become a most unlikely candidate to run against Hilary. The fact is that Clinton has not decided to run yet, or at least she hasn’t stated it. If she were to announce it now, then the Republican attack ads would immediately commence, and  it is just too early before the Republican and Democratic primaries for an announcement to be made.
Surely she would be looked at as the front runner, with her record and experience in political life. She was almost successful in her run to secure the nomination for President but Barack Obama beat her in the primary race. With Barack gone, there really is no one on the left side of the isle that may be willing to run against her.
But to highlight her competitors from the right, the Republicans have candidates such as Peter King, Michael Kinlaw and Josue Larose, who have already announced that they will be running for U.S. President. Do you think that any of these three candidates have a chance to win against Hilary Clinton and become president in 2016? Give me a break!
More likely to contend for the Presidency from the right may be Ted Cruz, Jon Huntsman, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, and Scott Walker. Now out of any of these Republicans just mentioned, who would have a clear shot at Hilary?
The radical, and most unlikable Ted Cruz, a junior Senator who is not even liked by members of his own party, most likely will not have a chance against Clinton. What he has proven in the past is that he can cause grave damage to his own party so that he can push his own agenda, not regarding what he does to his own party.
Marco Rubio, the famous Senator who took his infamous glass of water in the middle of his speech, most likely will run, but he again, will not have much to run on, other than he will have the Hispanic community behind him from the south.
Rand Paul, another candidate that most likely will run. He hasn’t formally stated that he would run, but he is acting like he is going to run. He seems poised to run for President, although due to his record concerning the lack of support for the unemployed, along with being against everything the Democrats stand for, will make him not-electable. The candidates from the Tea Party should all but eliminate the Republican party from beating Hillary Clinton during the next election.
If Hillary Clinton does not run, then the most likely candidate for President will be the Vice President Joe Biden. He has shown interest in running, and he definitely has the resume to perform as President, as he has been the acting vice-President for the last 6 years now.
As for the Democratic Party, there are already three declared candidates. They are Willie Carter, Dough Shrefler, and Robby Wells. As with the hope-to-be’s of the Republicans, they wouldn’t have a chance to be nominated if Hillary did decide to run.
Other Democrats to possibly run are as follows:

Ben Affleck
Evan Bayh
Michael Bennet
Joe Biden
Barbara Boxer
Sherrod Brown
Maria Cantwell
Bob Casey
Mo Cowan
Andrew Cuomo
Howard Dean
Rahm Emanuel
Al Franken
Kirsten Gillibrand
Alan Grayson
Christine Gregoire
Kamala Harris
Maggie Hassan
John Hickenlooper
Jay Inslee
John Kitzhaber
Amy Klobuchar
Mary Landrieu
Dan Mallow
Jack Markell
Claire McCaskill
Bob Menendez
Chris Murphy
Patty Murry
Janet Napolitano
Bill Nelson
Jay Nixon
Martin O’Mallay
Pat Quinn
Chuck Schumer
Brian Schweitzr
Katheen Sebelius
Peter Shumlin
Earl Ray Tomblin
Mark Warner
Elizabeth Warren


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