Fri Feb 22, 2013, 11:57 AM
kpete (41,284 posts)
PELOSI re: 2014: “Just keep it simple. We want to raise the minimum wage, and you don’t. Why Not?
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In an interview with me, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/02/22/pelosi-to-gop-you-oppose-minimum-wage-hike-at-your-peril/ Nancy Pelosi summed up the message Dems used against Republicans in 2006, and will again use in 2014: “Just keep it simple. We want to raise the minimum wage, and you don’t. Why not?”
“If people really want to address the deficit and reduce government spending, they should address the issue that some spending on the safety net is subsidizing minimal pay in this country,” Pelosi said. “When taxpayers are subsidizing low wages, people should be aware of that. We’re subsidizing an economy. We’re not subsidizing people. They are doing a hard day’s work. When we’re not rewarding work actively, there’s something wrong with the system.”
Pelosi also linked the minimum wage to Keynesian economics: “Our economy is best served by rewarding work, by having those workers be stronger consumers, providing for their families, spending money, and injecting demand into the economy. You cannot deny that putting money into the hands of working people at that level is the best way to grow the economy.”
Pelosi also questioned whether voters would believe Republicans are opposing the minimum wage hike for the good of low wage workers — after all, they opposed tax hikes on the rich on behalf of small businesses, and have held to this line even as the public has grown more convinced that GOP policies favor the rich.
“I don’t think they have any credibility in this regard — none,” she said. “There are certain things people believe about us — that we’re there for working families. There are certain things people believe about them — they’re there for the wealthy and special
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PELOSI re: 2014: “Just keep it simple. We want to raise the minimum wage, and you don’t. Why Not? (Original post)
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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:18 PM
DreamGypsy (1,678 posts)
1. Nancy is very generous. She not only asked a question of the GOP...
...she gave them the answer.
(paraphrasing) "The fundamental principle by which the GOP operates is to further the interests of the wealthy, corporate, and other special interests at the expense of workers, families, students, and children. Clearly, Nancy, you and all the citizens of the U.S. understand that. The GOP position on raising the minimum wage is based on our fundamental principle."
It's that simple.
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