December 25, 2005

HERE'S A TASK FOR YOU--TRY AND FIND A JOB THAT PAYS MINIMUM WAGE:

Democrats to woo voters on wage issue: Frozen minimum pay seen as spur (Rick Klein, December 25, 2005, Boston Globe)

New Year's Day will bring the ninth straight year in which the federal minimum wage has remained frozen at $5.15 an hour, marking the second-longest period that the nation has had a stagnant minimum wage since the standard was established in 1938.

Against that backdrop, Democrats are preparing ballot initiatives in states across the country to boost turnout of Democratic-leaning voters in 2006. Labor, religious, and community groups have launched efforts to place minimum-wage initiatives on ballots in Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Arkansas, and Montana next fall.

Democrats say the minimum wage could be for them what the gay-marriage referendums were in key states for Republicans last year -- an easily understood issue that galvanizes their supporters to show up on Election Day.


Hard to know what's funnier, their belief that minimum wage matters in a full employment economy or their unshakable faith that voters care. How have Democrats done during the 9 years it's been frozen?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 25, 2005 8:38 AM
Comments

Even my local McDonalds is advertising the health care benefits, $8 an hour wages and the stock option buy in if you work for them.

Posted by: Buttercup at December 25, 2005 10:53 AM

This issue will cause another landslide victory for the Left. See it next, on "The West Wing".

Posted by: ept at December 25, 2005 11:48 AM

While the Democrats may talk minimum wage, what the public sees and hears are demands like those made last week in the NYC subway strike, where the union wanted retirement at 50, no health benefit and only minimum pension benefit contributions. It's stuff like that that made heavy '06 gubernatorial favorite Elliot Spitzer go into the witness protection program for the past seven days, less he be seen actually having to take a side on the wage demands.

Posted by: John at December 25, 2005 1:10 PM
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