Sen. Elizabeth Warren is asking lawmakers today a blunt, to-the-point question. Why are Republicans against raising the minimum wage, given all the evidence there is that a move to do so would improve the lives of so many Americans? Warren believes that we stand at a crossroads that could affect tens of millions of lives. Here’s what she had to say:
[box type=”shadow”]”The issue on the table is whether or not we are going to raise the minimum wage, whether or not we’re going to say [that] people who work full-time should not live in poverty, whether or not we are willing to give women and children a chance to pull themselves out of poverty. This is the issue on the table with minimum wage. This is an issue, and this is the key I want [point] to raise with this – who would be opposed to it? Why would we not have a minimum wage, why would we want people working two and three jobs? Why would anyone want to give workers a disincentive to work if working isn’t enough to keep your family out of poverty?
And the answer is, because it may, it just may, a little bit, injure the profits of those who already have so much more. So once again, the question we will face in a progressive movement is what choice do you want to make? Do we say in this country ‘Hey we are going to keep labor at the bottom edge.. we’re going to keep the bottom edge so low that people work full-time and live in poverty so that you can boost the profits at Walmart’ or are we going to say ‘We’re better than this’? We raise it so that those who work hard, who play by the rules have got a real chance at least to get a foot int he door to try to build something for themselves.”[/box]
Watch the amazing Senator Warren make more sense than you’ve probably heard all week here: