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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 04:38 PM

Ted Kennedy’s great 2007 minimum wage speech: “When does the greed stop?”

Ted Kennedy’s great 2007 minimum wage speech: “When does the greed stop?”

Posted by Greg Sargent

The last time proponents of a minimum wage hike carried the day — in 2007 — the battle took literally years to win. It took literally years to give American workers a raise from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour. The battle gave rise to one of the great Senate moments — Ted Kennedy’s rousing speech, in which he unleashed a full-throated assault on Congressional Republicans, demanding: “When does the greed stop?”



Kennedy’s speech is a reminder that the battle to raise the minimum wage is an extremely difficult moral struggle, one that’s waged against very powerful opponents. I checked in with Dem Rep. George Miller of California, who was at the center of the last fight, and he admitted that the battle ahead was likely to be a very tough one.

“It’s a real slog to get it done,” he told me. “There’s an immediate negative reaction in some parts of the business community, because they don’t want to pay any more.” Miller said he expects intense opposition from the Restaurant Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

But Miller said that he and Kennedy and other Democrats were able to prevail by steadily drawing attention to the fundamental injustice that takes place as the value of the minimum wage in real dollars falls due to inflation — something which continues to happen today. (The minimum wage hike of 2007 was signed by a Republican president, George W. Bush.)

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/02/13/ted-kennedys-great-2007-minimum-wage-speech-when-does-the-greed-stop/


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Reply Ted Kennedy’s great 2007 minimum wage speech: “When does the greed stop?” (Original post)
ProSense Feb 2013 OP
gateley Feb 2013 #1
juajen Feb 2013 #2
ProSense Feb 2013 #3
horseshoecrab Feb 2013 #4
malaise Feb 2013 #5
great white snark Feb 2013 #6
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #7

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 04:53 PM

1. This never fails to move me no matter how many times I view it. Thank you!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 05:16 PM

2. Every time Congress gets an increase in pay, the minimium wage should be increased

Actually, they should take into account the actual number of days the congress works. So much play time. I would really be interested in how much per hour they make? Their holidays are unbelievable, as would be their hourly wage if calculated.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:02 PM

3. Kick! n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:25 PM

4. I loved Teddy


I remember this speech so well. This was the Lion of the Senate!

What a great senator he was. I still miss his roaring voice and always will.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:31 PM

5. It stops when people stop voting for people who do not fight for them

Do you know how many minimum wage earners give away their limited money to snake oil salesmen posing as religious leaders and then vote for ReTHUGs?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:37 PM

6. K&R for our late great Senator.

Thank you ProSense. You can always count on this subject to highlight Republican's true alliances.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:26 AM

7. Great speech.

 

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