With the most serious problems surrounding the Healthcare.gov website addressed, and as more people find that they are not going to be paying 10 times as much for their insurance, it would seem that the Republicans would have at least eased off in their attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and yet they haven’t done so. Listen to what the other side is talking about and it begins to make sense.
Lately, the Democrats have begun to talk more about increasing the minimum wage, something that a few Republicans want to do away with entirely. This is an issue that the right does not want to have to even address in a campaign, they most certainly do not want to be put in a position where they must actually respond to the question of where they stand on the issue.
It’s an old tactic, one that any 10-year-old knows how to employ, when you don’t want to talk about something change the subject, and that is exactly what the right is doing.
They do not want to talk about the minimum wage at all because they do not want to offend their biggest supporters and at the same time they know that those who would benefit from an increase are the same people who are more likely to vote Democratic.
Sitting in for Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, Joy Reid first explained why this is the issue that the Democrats should hammer on in the elections next fall and then demonstrated why it will work in the ensuing panel discussion.
Panelist Michael Saltsman of the Employment Policies Institute singlehandedly demonstrated how far out of touch with reality the right is on the subject of wages. He offered no solid evidence to back up his claims using instead catch-all phrases like, “the literature has shown,” or, it has been, “well established.”
Saltsman threw out all of the tired arguments with no solid evidence to back them up, raising wages causes the loss of jobs, nowhere that has raised the minimum wage has seen any reduction in poverty levels, and of course the old stand-by, these are not meant to be long-term jobs, they should be moving on to better jobs.
The claims are all at the very best, questionable. There is no evidence to show that jobs are lost when wages are raised, there is no definitive evidence that a higher minimum wage affects the numbers of those who live in poverty, and there are no better jobs to be had, those are the jobs that our corporate “citizens” have moved off shore.
The conversation can be seen in the video from MSNBC below.