Today the Republican led House of Representatives added a new weapon in their war on the poor and working class.
In a last minute addendum to the SKILLS Act, which reauthorizes a jobs training program, democrats called for the minimum wage to be increased from its current $7.25 per hour to $10.10 by 2015.
Not a single Republican voted in favor of the bill, and all but 6 Democrats voted to pass the resolution.
In President Obama’s State of the Union message, he suggested and increase to $9.00 per hour, to which Speaker John Boehner immediately said “no way”.
Democrats believe this is an important issue for them, showing the chasm between attitudes towards the working class by both parties.
Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the author of the amendment, offered a glimpse into how they intend to talk about it.
“Even while corporate profits soar and the stock market reaches new highs, the working poor continue to fall further and further behind,” Miller said in a prepared statement. “If the Republicans want to take away a priority of service for low income Americans who want to learn new skills for a better job and a better life, the least we can do is make sure these workers get a decent wage.”
Maybe one courageous Democrat should propose a bill reducing congressional wages to $7.25 an hour. Let’s see how well they would live on that amount. Actually, that’s too high a wage for a group who does nothing.
Columnist-The Guardian Express