Earlier today, the GOP shut down any attempt to talk about raising the minimum wage, leave off passing any bills regarding it. As predicted, President Obama stood up to discuss the matter. In the process, he verbally ripped into the GOP, connecting the dots between their actions and their agenda.
In his speech, President Obama tore into the GOP for attempting to repeal Obamacare 50+ times, passing the tax cuts for the wealthy while refusing a minimum wage increase , standing in the way of blocking the unemployment benefits, and blocking fair pay for women.
[box type=”shadow”]Some of them want to scrap the minimum wage entirely. One House Republican said, it’s outlived its usefulness. I’d vote to repeal the minimum wage. A Senate Republican said, he doesn’t think the minimum wage helps the middle class. This is a very simple issue. Either you are in favor or raising wages for hard-working Americans, or you’re not. Either you want to grow the economy from the middle out and the bottom up, so that prosperity is broad-based, or you think that top down economics is the way to go.
Republicans in Congress have found the time to vote more than 50 times to undermine or repeal the healthcare bill for millions of working families. Earlier this month they voted for a budget that would give the wealthiest Americans a massive tax cut, while forcing deep cuts to investments that help middle class families, but they won’t raise wages for millions of working families when three-quarters of Americans support it? It makes no sense.
And on top of that, they blocked our efforts to make sure women receive equal pay for equal work. They stood in the way as we fought to extend unemployment insurance for parents who need a little help supporting their families while they’re out looking for work. Republicans have failed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and they’ve increasing failed to do anything when it comes to helping people who work hard get ahead.
If there’s any good news here, it’s that Republicans in Congress don’t get the last word on this issue, or any issue. You do. The American people. The voters. Change is happening, whether Republicans in Congress like it or not. So my message to the American people is this, do not get discouraged by a vote like the one we saw this morning. Get fired up. Get organized. Make your voices heard, and rest assured, I’m going to keep working with you, and Leader Nancy Pelosi, and other members of Congress who are here today to raise wages for hard-working Americans. It’s the right thing to do.
If you’re member of Congress doesn’t support raising the minimum wage, you gotta let them know that they’re out of step, and if they keep putting politics ahead of working Americans, you’ll put them out of office.[/box]
The Republicans — who recently shot down $12 million dollars over the next 10 years to keep children out of the sex trade while voting for $310 billion dollars in corporate tax cuts in addition to shutting down any discussion on the minimum wage — have declared economic war on the American people. Their agenda is an agenda of the wealthy and the powerful, at the expense of the poor and the powerless. And President Obama’s speech today laid that bare for all to see.
You can watch President Obama’s speech below: