This week, the Senate will vote on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S.2223), a bill that would increase the federally mandated minimum wage to an unprecedented $10.10 per hour (from $7.25) by early 2016.
The proposed increase in the minimum wage would harm the very same workers it is intended to help by discouraging employers from hiring new, entry-level workers. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicated in a February report the increase would result in the loss of 500,000 jobs.
In an already weak economy, this legislation, which is based on faulty arguments, would make it more difficult for Americans to find jobs that give them the skills necessary to climb the economic ladder.
Email your Senator using POPVOX to oppose S. 2223, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act.
This week the House will debate and vote on the Save American Workers Act of 2014 (H.R. 2575), which would repeal Obamacare’s 30-hour rule and replace it with a 40 hour rule.
There is absolutely no doubt Obamacare’s 30-hour work week threshold has harmed individuals as employers predictably cut back on hours. In October 2011, The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk predicted it would “price many unskilled workers out of full-time employment. He continued:
The employer mandate will also encourage employers to replace full-time jobs with part-time positions. Obamacare does not penalize employers for not providing health benefits to part-time employees, so part-time positions will cost much less to fill than full-time positions.
The Obama Administration’s latest argument for Obamacare is that some people don’t want to work, and Obamacare makes not working easier for those people.
This new spin comes conveniently in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office report demonstrating Obamacare will push about 2 million workers out of the labor market by 2017.
The liberals of the Obama Administration spun the new data as only they can. Politico Pro reports (sub. req’d):
Instead, the Obama administration says, the health care law will allow people to choose to work less.
Under Obamacare, “individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods, like retiring on time rather than working into their elderly years or choosing to spend more time with their families,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
“At the beginning of this year, we noted that as part of this new day in health care, Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” Carney said in the statement. For good measure, he added that “the Republican plan to repeal the ACA would strip those hardworking Americans of that opportunity.” (emphasis added)
This is perhaps the most ideologically revealing statement the Administration has made about Obamacare yet.
“He would rather have the poor poorer, provided the rich were less rich. That is a liberal policy,” proclaimed Lady Margaret Thatcher.
No, the Iron Lady was not referring to President Obama and his failed liberal economic policies.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% is now tweeting about the raising the minimum wage because he contends it will “strengthen middle class families, boost economic activity, and help lift the working poor from poverty.” Liberals are notorious for clinging onto ideas that make for good slogans and that would work really well in a fantasy but that have no place in reality.
He would like the federal government to raise the minimum wage, and of course, that sounds nice, but the economic reality is that it would harm the very people it is intended to help, just like Obamacare.