Class Warfare GOP Style: Millionaire Republican Senators Block Bill To Raise The Minimum Wage

Senate Republicans Speak To The Media After Their Weekly Policy Meeting

Republican style class warfare was on full display today as just one Senate Republican millionaire broke with his party to vote in favor of advancing a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

By a vote of 54-42, Republicans were able to block the bill that would raise the minimum wage. Only Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee voted with the Democrats.

The debate on the Senate floor before the vote was riddled with Republican myths and inaccuracies about the minimum wage. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, “Every senator who votes ‘yes’ is voting with an absolute certainty that hundreds of thousands of workers, including a great many African-American teenagers and a great many Hispanic teenagers, will be laid off as a consequence of their vote. I would challenge any of the senators in this chamber to look in the eyes of those African-American teenagers, those Hispanic teenagers who are looking for a better opportunity.”

Sen. Cruz was lying. 78% of the people earning minimum wage are white. The average age of the worker affected by the minimum wage is 35. 56% are women. 35.5% are at least 40 years old. 55% of those earning minimum wage work full time and 28% have children.

The reality of who is earning minimum wage reveals the true Republican agenda. Raising the minimum wage would have an impact on the wage structure that would boost more people into the middle class. Republicans are actively working to eliminate the middle class, because they want an oligarchic society of haves and have nots.

Republicans always try to make the minimum wage a race issue, but it is a fairness issue. Is it fair for people to work hard, and not be able to make ends meet while those at the top continue to get richer?

There are plenty of Democratic millionaires in the Senate who voted to do the right thing. The Republican millionaires, minus Sen. Corker today, felt compelled to let the country know that they don’t think people who work hard deserve to earn more money.

The entitled millionaires in the Republican Party are using their congressional positions to wage war on working people. The millionaire is screwing the little guy/gal, but the little people who the GOP feels aren’t worth $10.10 an hour can get their revenge in November.

22 Replies to “Class Warfare GOP Style: Millionaire Republican Senators Block Bill To Raise The Minimum Wage”

  1. Ted Cruz is a lying piece of dog shit, pardon my French. He is completely beholden to his corporate overlords Charles and David Koch and has fooled enough useful idiots to vote against their own best interests.

    These people won’t be fooled forever because starving people are known to connect the dots very quickly with people who build 90,000 square foot houses and the fact that they go hungry night after night. This is why revolutions happen.

    The English tried to suck the colonists dry back in the 1700s which is why the US kicked them to the curb. We all know what happened to Marie Antoinette and Czar Nicholas.

  2. The effects of raising the minimum wage are more nuanced than most realize. The workers who produce more value per hour than the new minimum wage will keep their jobs. The workers who produce less value than their pay will lose theirs. It’s not always the quality of the workers, sometimes it’s the nature of the work. Employer’s simply won’t pay $10.10 for $8 of value.

    All things being equal, an employer looking at an experienced, mature, dependable adult and an inexperienced, immature, and possibly undependable teen will likely choose the adult. The adult will get the new minimum wage, but the teen will get zippo. The same goes for people with inflexible hours, poor skills, undependable transportation, or work-related disabilities.

    These challenged people could get work by lowering the cost of their labor, becoming more attractive to an employer, but the minimum wage makes that impossible. It makes the most challenged, effectively, unemployable.

  3. Are taxpayers happy about having to supplement wage workers with food stamps because corporations will not pay a living wage? It is time for corporations to step up and pay people a decent wage. Greed with be the end of us…

  4. Those three revolution are completely different with different conclusions.
    Those who favor the French Revolution should read history first. and the Russian revolution has its own devotees.
    Which revolution is your favorite? And why?

  5. I went to that website and found that none of them ever had a regular job, well, except for the one who grew blueberries, but he didn’t last ling at that.
    None have ever owned or operated a business, met a payroll or tried to get loans or finance a business.
    This is the problem with citations such as your, no one has first hand knowledge of the business world, whether corporate or sole proprietorships.
    Would you go to a surgeon that has never done surgery or a carpenter who has never built a house?

  6. No one is going to lose their jobs if they raise the minimum wage.That’s just not true.If they raise it people who work for WalMart for example wouldn’t have to be on Welfare or work 3 jobs.Our Congressmen seem to give themselves raises every year. We need a minimum wage increase.

  7. SHAME ON YOU ALL!!! Republicans and Democrats who would not move this forward….SHAME ON YOU!!!! I am okay…but my fellow man is not!!! JUST REMEMBER THEY WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…Just LISTEN CLEARLY Gov. Rick Scott…you make like to look like the “golden boy” with all you NEW EDUCATION legislation…I remember one..my PENSION!!! done!!

  8. Callous, empathy-devoid Republican legislators need to spend a day in the shoes of those living in poverty while working multiple minimum wage jobs in an effort to make ends meet.

    Perhaps they believe their own rhetoric — when struggling wage earners can actually afford to pay the rent, feed the family, and obtain a decent health insurance plan … then the terrorists have won!

  9. In the industry that employs me education requirements for an entry level jobs is having a GED. Pay rate starts at 10.75 with full benefits.
    We can’t find enough workers now.
    A work ethic is what the politicians need to raise!

  10. If you disagree, please state your reasons. Name calling is not an argument, and having a hissy is not a reason.

  11. I guess that the yahoos we elected never studied history.

    After the success of the moving assembly line, Henry Ford had another transformative idea: in January 1914, he startled the world by announcing that Ford Motor Company would pay $5 a day to its workers. The pay increase would also be accompanied by a shorter workday (from nine to eight hours). While this rate didn’t automatically apply to every worker, it more than doubled the average autoworker’s wage.

  12. This is just tautological crapola.

    No matter WHAT the minimum wage might be, given that they’re competing for the same position, what employer wouldn’t ALREADY select an “experienced, mature, dependable adult” over “an inexperienced, immature, and possibly undependable teen”?

    That doesn’t prove ANYTHING WRT raising the minimum wage. NOT A THING!

  13. Reading the very first comment, I find the need to say, what happened to Marie Antoinette and Czar Nicholas is way to kind for the end of these rethugs in the House and the Senate.
    These rethugs have set a new standard for greed and all it implys.

  14. “Callous, empathy-devoid”, rethugs do not have the capacity to begin to feel for others, asking them to find even the smallest amount is, just an impossible task. Some thing they can not,begin to understand.
    Even when they, themselves, have come from the harder part of life(Ryan and Others) they believe some how they are special and deserve more. While all others are just so much fodder for their use.
    This our Nation under the control of greedy people. It will only get worse, unless they are run out of office.

  15. Ted Cruz seems so worried about poor Black & Hispanic youth. Or could it be that he’s trying to make sure that there are enough targets for his white supremacy militia gun club?

  16. My comment lacked one key component: raising the minimum wage reduces the number of jobs available.

    Yes, they are both competing for the same position at the same mandated pay. The employer doesn’t have to weigh the trade off of lesser quality worker for lesser pay, versus higher quality worker for greater pay, the selection is now made exclusively on experience/abilities/or other considerations.

    One of the advantages of youth is a lower cost of living (free room and board, no family obligations, etc) which allows them to compensate for their lack of work experience/skills with a lower pay. But minimum wages make that advantage moot. So they are forced to compete with one hand tied behind their backs.

    Raising the minimum wage makes some jobs no longer economically viable to offer. Fewer jobs, same number of workers, pits worker against worker for winner take all. Youth, and other challenged individuals, are not allowed to exercise their one advantage: rate of pay.

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