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#1010Means: Raising The Minimum Wage

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President Barack Obama speaks about minimum wage at the White House. Senate Republicans on Wednesday, blocked a bill to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in five years

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Ned Resnikoff: Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Bill

A proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 died in the Senate on Wednesday, when Democrats failed to gather the 60 votes required to bring it to a clean vote. The only Republican to vote in favor of ending debate and holding a vote was Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., initially voted to move the bill forward, but switched his vote to “no” as part of a parliamentary maneuver which will allow him to bring the legislation back to the floor at a later date. Even if the proposed minimum wage hike cleared the Senate, there it was little chance it would ever receive a hearing in the Republican-controlled House. Yet recent polling shows growing popular support for raising the minimum wage, making Wednesday’s vote into a political win for the Democrats.

Nearly the full Senate Republican caucus is now on record opposing a wage hike which most Americans support—a fact which Reid has not shied away from since the vote. In a press conference following the bill’s failure, he blamed the billionaire businessmen, Charles and David Koch. “They’re fighting for billionaires,” he said. “We’re fighting for people who are struggling to make a living.” President Obama made the minimum wage bill’s value as an electoral football even more explicit during a press conference held a couple hours after the vote. He urged supporters of a wage hike to put pressure on Republican legislators in the run-up to the 2014 midterms. “If your member of Congress doesn’t support raising the minimum wage, you’ve got to let them know they’re out of step,” he said. “And if they keep putting politics ahead of hardworking Americans, you’ll put them out of office.”

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., during an event on increasing the minimum wage


62 Responses to “#1010Means: Raising The Minimum Wage”


  1. April 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you Nerdy, you Energizer Bunny!!!

  2. 7 amk for obama
    April 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Yessss…

  3. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    April 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Your LOL moment of the night.

  4. 19 MightyPamela
    April 30, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Not Furst!! :)

  5. April 30, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Just haunting….

  6. 23 MightyPamela
    April 30, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Now, this President Obama of ours ~ this is the same guy who just made history all over Asia, back home now less than 24 hours, and GETTING IT DONE!! Whew. How blessed are we?? ;)

  7. April 30, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    The serious & not so serious things going on in China these days:

  8. 25 amk for obama
    April 30, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Yet recent polling shows growing popular support for raising the minimum wage, making Wednesday’s vote into a political win for the Democrats, if the lazy left turns out to vote

    fixed.

  9. 26 Ladyhawke
    April 30, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I am still marveling at the fact that we are actually seeing some headlines that say REPUBLICAN-LED FILIBUSTER on minimum wage.

    • April 30, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Ditto, LH!!!

      Perhaps our pressure on the #NEOCONSTERS is having a bit of an effect. In any case, they know we are communicating, more and more every day, with a much larger audience than those who still pay any attention to them.

      #FORWARD Together

  10. April 30, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    AMK, what is the latest info re India elections……. voting started in Gujarat yesterday right?

    • 29 amk for obama
      April 30, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Yes and a very good turnout, with some states reaching as high as 80%.

      Yup, congress is a goner. Question remains about the show of bjp, the media hype notwithstanding.

      My reading is bjp will fall far short of majority and the regional players will become kingmakers.

      Both fun and mess, symptomatic of indian democracy.

      • April 30, 2014 at 11:50 pm

        Appreciate the update…….. I have been trying to get through to my dad & uncles that Modi, is a big-business, red-herring-shill, but it is in one ear out the other…… Damn Guju’s sticking together and turning a blind eye. (Ahmedabad, Baroda,Bhavnagar ) I saw his brother joined BJP the other day, and also he had been secrectly married for 50 years after claiming celibacy due to his previous religious affiliation. The more I hear…..the more sketchier he seems, but it is like picking the lesser of two evils.

  11. April 30, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Ok friends, off to watch The Plantagenets, because I’m an elitist bastard. See everyone tomorrow.

  12. April 30, 2014 at 11:11 pm

  13. April 30, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    So Comcast wants to by Time Warner, and now this:

    I’m bout ready to join Senator Al Franken’s crusade to stop this monopoly before my cable/internet bill goes up 100 bucks a month….

    • 36 Nerdy Wonka
      April 30, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      This is horrible and dangerous. Monopolies do not lead to a better society. They lead to consumers getting shafted, corporations writing the rules, big business running amok and the little guy having no say.

      If Democrats had a sane and willing partner in the GOP and we had a civilized SCOTUS not controlled by conservatives, a solution would be enacted in a jiffy. But nooooooo…..the 99% gets screwed while legislators pad their pockets.

      • April 30, 2014 at 11:30 pm

        Absolutely spot on…… I need to get more acquainted with the new FEC commissioner, and find out the chances he/she or the DOJ step in……. fingers crossed!

        • May 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

          *FEC* … meant FCC :( he seems to talk a good game

          http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/01/business/media/fcc-chairman-says-broadband-competition-is-lacking.html?_r=0

          but this profile doesn’t seem promising

          http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/new-fcc-chairman-is-former-lobbyist-for-cable-and-wireless-industries/

          Wheeler’s background as an industry lobbyist shouldn’t necessarily cause concern, said Gigi Sohn, the CEO of Public Knowledge, which advocates on behalf of Internet openness and protection of consumers. Sohn released this statement:

          As someone who has known Tom for years, I believe that he will be an independent, proactive Chairman who will not allow the FCC to become irrelevant as broadband becomes the dominant mode of communication in this country. I also expect that he will carry out the President’s communications policy agenda, which includes strong open Internet requirements, robust broadband competition, affordable broadband access for all Americans, diversity of voices and serious consumer protections, all backed by vigorous agency enforcement.

          Some have expressed concern about Tom’s past history as the head of two industry trade associations. But his past positions should be seen in light of the times and in the context of his other important experiences and engagement with policy. Viewed as a whole, it is most significant that the President has expressed confidence that Tom will effectively carry out the Administration’s communications policy agenda.
          Free Press, one of the groups lobbying against Wheeler, issued a more pessimistic statement.

          “The Federal Communications Commission needs a strong leader—someone who will use this powerful position to stand up to industry giants and protect the public interest,” Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron said. “On paper, Tom Wheeler does not appear to be that person, having headed not one but two major trade associations. But he now has the opportunity to prove his critics wrong, clean up the mess left by his predecessor, and be the public servant we so badly need at the FCC.”

      • 39 99ts
        April 30, 2014 at 11:31 pm

        We have a mob called the ACCC – Aust Consumer & Competition Commission – which supposedly stops this type of thing. They have allowed 2 large businesses to virtually control all retail outlets in Australia – selling everything – and now some of the retired members of the ACCC are saying “this is terrible” AND they did it!

        Small towns suffer massively when one of these two come to town – local businesses die & the people they were supporting have to move or live on benefits. They reduce prices until all the opposition is gone – they reduce choice to the products that they label – and when the rest are gone – gosh – the prices go up.

        Governments the world over are about business and money – nothing to do with we the people.

      • 40 COS
        May 1, 2014 at 12:44 am

        THIS!!! I hope this doesn’t come to pass.

  14. April 30, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    We all know about the Friday afternoon new dump……. this the Wed. night version L.A. style

  15. 42 Bill R.
    April 30, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    $10.10 Min. wage is a defining issue in the coming midterms, along with the RW obsession of repeal of the #ACA and depriving American people of Health Care and Health Care protections.

  16. 43 Nerdy Wonka
    April 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm

  17. April 30, 2014 at 11:26 pm

  18. April 30, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    “South Korea will count itself lucky to have a person as able, as close to the president, as dedicated to the alliance, and as competent as Mark Lippert,” said former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell. “The guy has done it all for the last several years and this will only strengthen relations between South Korea and Washington.” There’s no word yet as to who will replace Lippert as Hagel’s right hand man at the Pentagon.

    This is kinda bananas

  19. 47 amk for obama
    April 30, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    wow, gerry adams arrested.

    paging chips…

  20. 48 amk for obama
    April 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Former Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop received a bigger-than-expected pay-off as the firm finalised the sale of it handset business to Microsoft.

    Mr Elop got 24.2m euros ($33.5m; £20m) – 30% more than the initial figure.

    A large part of that was awarded in Nokia shares, which have risen after the sale of the unit was announced.

    When first announced, the pay-off had sparked angry reactions in Finland, not least because Nokia’s business declined under the leadership of Mr Elop.

    The country’s economy minister, Jan Vapaavuori, had reportedly said at the time that he found it “difficult to understand the merits of this bonus”.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27216884

  21. 49 dotster3
    May 1, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Not good——but sheds light on the confounding decisions by LA NAACP to bestow lifetime achievement award to Sterling, plus other top awards to almost equally undeserving execs from Wal Mart and Fed Ex…..

    • 50 99ts
      May 1, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Probably one of the most positive things about democrats – they want to know why certain things happen – they see what they have done wrong and want to fix it – the GOP – just do everything wrong – and no-one should EVER be critical of what they do.

      The fact that few from the right are calling out the Governor, legislature and courts of Oklahoma over their experimental secretive attempts to legally kill people is a perfect example. Their main response “he deserved to die”.

      • May 1, 2014 at 1:38 am

        “Probably one of the most positive things about democrats – they want to know why certain things happen – they see what they have done wrong and want to fix it – …”

        PERFECTION, 99ts.

        Yes, we Democrats are reality-based humans. We know humans error. We strive to both admit the errors and learn from them as to not repeat them.

        #TrustBarack He’s always articulated that human imperfection is a reality and if harnessed by a commitment to learn and transform enables a legacy of bending the arc of justice (and knowledge) in a positive trajectory.

        good night TOD

  22. 52 99ts
    May 1, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Rachel sure can present real investigative journalism

  23. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    May 1, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Although, at some point in our life, haven’t we all?

    • 54 99ts
      May 1, 2014 at 4:11 am

      Just perfect JoB – and yes – once because of my job I had 20 photos taken with a “douchebag” politician – but I didn’t brag about it – nor circulate the photos!

      • 55 jacquelineoboomer
        May 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm

        Well, that made me laugh! Just getting here, so good to start with a chuckle.

  24. May 1, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Had to post the following before departing ….

  25. 58 Lynn
    May 1, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Taps fingers. Whistles in the wind. Does Amk imitation. Nobody around?


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