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Democrats getting to work on their campaign battle plan: Unabashed populism
Hot Air ^ | November 10, 2013 | Erika Johnsen

Posted on 11/10/2013 3:39:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

I think we can all guess where this is heading.

I mentioned this week that the Democrats are definitively drawing up plans for their latest iteration of the (intellectually cheap, politically undemanding, and counterproductively harmful) push for a minimum-wage increase; no doubt ObamaCare’s many troubles really lit a fire under the strategy, as they’ll need something to talk about on the campaign trail that isn’t health-care related. In his State of the Union address at the start of the year, O brought up the idea of jacking up the minimum wage to $9/hour, but the Democrats are hankering for an (arbitrarily larger) increase to $10.10/hour, and it looks like the White House is getting ready to declare President Obama’s support for their specifics. Via the NYT:

The White House has thrown its weight behind a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to at least $10 an hour.

“The president has long supported raising the minimum wage so hard-working Americans can have a decent wage for a day’s work to support their families and make ends meet,” a White House official said.

President Obama, the official continued, supports the Harkin-Miller bill, also known as the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from its current $7.25.

The legislation is sponsored in the Senate by Tom Harkin of Iowa and in the House by George Miller of California, both Democrats. It would raise the minimum wage — in three steps of 95 cents each, taking place over two years — to $10.10, and then index it to inflation. The legislation will probably be coupled with some tax sweeteners for small businesses, traditionally the loudest opponents of increases to the minimum wage.

And in that same vein, you knew the budget conference that started post-shutdown wasn’t going to go smoothly, because Democrats were always going to demand still more revenue, a.k.a. taxes (rather than the slimmed-budget and lower taxes that could actually help to grow the economy and get us out of this godforsaken mess) as part of their negotiating stance, and it sounds like “tax breaks for corporate jet owners” is going to come back with a vengeance. From the National Journal:

Democratic members of the conference committee trying to work out a budget agreement have drafted a memo listing “egregious tax loopholes” that they plan to raise publicly as early as next week if Republicans continue to balk at considering some new tax revenue to help soften sequester cuts.

The items contained on the list range from such well-tread suggestions as ending special deductions for corporate jet owners, to stopping subsidies for yachts or vacation homes, to “closing a loophole that lets hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates on their income than teachers and firefighters.” The injection of such populism is sure to exacerbate the partisan tensions in the budget talks.

The memo, a copy of which was obtained Friday by National Journal, is already causing a stir on K Street. Most of that reflects worry that it represents a Democratic “hit list” that might be an early glimpse of some of what will be contained in a Senate version of a tax-code overhaul plan—rewrite work now being done in both chambers.

Yes, by all means, let’s simplify our convoluted tax code and get rid of all of these niche loopholes — but not as an unsubtle method to merely raise taxes, remove more money from the private sector, and beat the drums of class-warfare with wildly partisan ideas about “fairness” that don’t actually do anything significant to raise revenue or address our massive deficit problems.

Here we go again. …Not that we ever actually stopped.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; democrats; economy; election2014; election2016; minimumwage; obama; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills

1 posted on 11/10/2013 3:39:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It really should be $20.20/hour. Nobody can support a family for less than that.

/s


2 posted on 11/10/2013 3:42:07 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s exactly why the Tea Party scares the stuffing out of them. It’s the real thing.


3 posted on 11/10/2013 3:43:51 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One for all and all for none....

Subsumed to the collective.


4 posted on 11/10/2013 3:44:34 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s how we beat this, Republicans come out for raising the minimum wage to $100.00 an hour.


5 posted on 11/10/2013 3:44:46 PM PST by Husker24
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So the democrat plan is to slice a huge chunk out of my backside in the form of healthcare insurance increases, etc. while offering my kids a few more pennies from their college jobs, which will soon evaporate because the employers won't be able to afford to employ as many kids?

Brilliant economists, these democrats.

6 posted on 11/10/2013 3:47:37 PM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You have to work to get the minimum wage.

So not a big issue for the Dem base.

7 posted on 11/10/2013 3:47:44 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How about $100 an hour? Then they could compete with Obama’s salary.


8 posted on 11/10/2013 3:52:16 PM PST by struggle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Events are going to unravel the whole populist agenda. Now it might well be that the progressive/populist movement of the last 100 yrs or so will eventually morph into full, blown-out goose-stepping totalitarianism, that is just as likely, maybe even more so, than the next scenario. That is, the final collapse of welfare-statism and a return to a purer form of capitalism. Either way, progressivism cannot possible survive for many more years. Hyper inflation, economic collapse, or the very possible break up of the U.S.A. along red-state/blue-state lines is in the future. There is simply no longer the money, nor is the world interested in giving cartblanche this current system.

I have been saying for years that a period of rough economic and political turmoil lay ahead. So be prepared. Stock up on food, water, ammo, and guns. Forget the gold and silver, the men wtih the guns will simply deprive you of same.
9 posted on 11/10/2013 3:54:04 PM PST by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: attiladhun2

WE are “the men with the guns” in this. Every law enforcement and military person in this country (active and reserve) probably amounts to no more than 3 million individuals, tops. We are at least 100 million.


10 posted on 11/10/2013 3:58:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Many on the left see faith & family as oppressive, the right sees them as indispensable." Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans should refuse to take part in any of the Democrat issues that are an attempt to distract from Obamacare. Republicans in the Senate should simply vote present on any bill that they cannot win in the Senate, no compromise, no discussion of the issue.

In the House, Boehner should just refuse to bring the issues to a vote. The one issue that will need voting on is the farm bill. Then it is all the economy and OBAMACARE, 24/7 Obamacare.


11 posted on 11/10/2013 4:00:35 PM PST by Eva
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Government has better organization, but that is not everything. God and guts account for something, maybe even more so.


12 posted on 11/10/2013 4:01:48 PM PST by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This would be a good time for Republicans to get out to speak to minority groups to show how raising the minimum wage would be even MORE disastrous for the black and Hispanic communities than the situation is now.


13 posted on 11/10/2013 4:05:32 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: skeeter

“Brilliant economists, these democrats.”

At this point it’s very clear that the Democrat party doesn’t care about economics, or even governing for that matter. All that counts is winning elections and increasing their power.

Since the Obamacare clusterf**k will have alienated every productive citizen in the country by the time of the 2014 elections the Democrat’s only strategy is to go for the moochers big time.

Watch for endless Santa Claus legislation to be proposed in the next few months. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as 30 second radio spots can be crafted accusing Republicans of being heartless and greedy for opposing it.


14 posted on 11/10/2013 4:12:05 PM PST by Junk Silver
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hard to envision the Dems reflecting any kind of genuine “populism” in this current era, when they themselves are so in control of Big Government, Big Business (Wall Street), Big Media, and Big Culture. They represent the ELITES moreso than anytime in American history.

There was a great opening for the GOP to tap into some real grassroots populism, going after corporatism, the corrupt media, bailouts, and the whole DC beltway system, back about four years ago. Palin was stoking that fire, and the tea-party was going in that direction. But the stupid GOP decided to take the exact opposite course, with Romney, who fit the caracature of a Richie Rich, lobbyist-friendly, zillionaire corporate-raider. An insane course that the GOP still wants to apparently cling to.


15 posted on 11/10/2013 4:14:28 PM PST by greene66
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Corporate America has no one to blame but themselves. These men are good at business, but lousy in common sense civil leadership. Working with Wall Street they enjoy first hand knowledge, first to access money from Fed Reserve, they created a chaotic “creative destruction”, pump and dump, off shore, hire temp workers all in the name of keeping costs to absolute low and profits at an absolute high. This may make stock holders really happy and bonuses high but it can wreak havoc on the society of the nation they live in. When is the tempo of a dynamic economic system too dynamic. One does not really want to codify that into law because it is really an art. “Creative Destruction” occur in Soviet Union and Maoist China. One ushered an authoritarian oligarchy and one ushered in an authoritarian capitalist system. One died and one flourished. Reason why? The former Soviet leaders wanted to transition to capitalism without gauging the people’s ability to tolerate pain. China understood this limitation and implemented the transition using both capitalism and socialism.
American businessmen do not gauge the pain threshold of the American people. They think they can take anything corporate America dishes out to them. Problem is if the economic decisions make people miserable, they will vote for Democrats who will target corporate America and put in extreme leftists like Obama. If corporate America wants peace think before they make radical decisions. It is one thing to drag a corporation into chaos, it is another to drag the rest of America into it.


16 posted on 11/10/2013 4:15:57 PM PST by Fee
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To: BenLurkin

Nah, it should be $54.40. Think of all the great old campaign songs that could be recycled.


17 posted on 11/10/2013 4:24:21 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
President Obama, the official continued, supports the Harkin-Miller bill, also known as the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from its current $7.25.

One form of irrationality is to seek causes without effects, which means taking a certain action while evading and expecting to escape its consequences.

Not only does raising the minimum wage lead to higher unemployment, but the extent to which it does so depends on the extent of union activity in the economic system. The more the unions close off employment opportunities, the greater is the number of workers forced to seek employment elsewhere, and thus the greater in the downward pressure on wage rates elsewhere.

Raising the minimum wage also denies many people the opportunity of acquiring work experience, knowledge, and skills they might have acquired by means of working. The least-skilled, most-disadvantaged members of society will be less able to compete. Thus, it tends to exert a lifelong depressing effect on people. It both stops them from working and prevents them from becoming qualified for anything better than the kind of low-skilled jobs to which a raise of the minimum-wage tends to apply. Many blacks will be condemned to a life of poverty, where the choice is between either looting parasitism of savages, or mooching parasitism of beggars on the welfare rolls, in order to survive in a modern developed market economy, where incomes are generated by a process of mutual voluntary exchange.

Finally, businesses that do not layoff workers will have to raise prices, which leads to a lower real wage rates for non minimum-wage workers, and a lower standard of living for the average wage earner.

18 posted on 11/10/2013 4:27:22 PM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You guys don't get it. This is all about messaging and populist issues will dominate in 2014. No, not the real populist issues like crony capitalism that Sarah Palin has been talking about since 2010 and that the Stupid Party should have latched onto. I'm talking the fake ones: The minimum-wage, the "wage gap", the evil rich...that Dems will run on and woo the LIVs while successfully painting Republicans as mustachio-twirling, black hat wearing villians holding a bag with the dollar sign symbol on front.

The Republican Party absolutely sucks as messaging.

19 posted on 11/10/2013 4:50:08 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Excellent!


20 posted on 11/10/2013 5:23:38 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
The Republican Party absolutely sucks as messaging.

Worse, they suck at Defense. And, as bad as they are on Defense, they are 100 times worse on Offense. With very few exceptions, what a bunch of pathetic losers.

21 posted on 11/10/2013 6:59:59 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

True EEE, because the Gutless Party runs against the Dems or Obama instead of running against Leftism. The Gutless/Stupid Party has been swimming in the Washington septic tank for so long it cannot see that it has been covered with the same $#!+ and sees thru the same $#!+ covered glasses as the Left. I believe the G/S Party is institutionally incapable of changing that message, ergo, a third party must come to the fore.


22 posted on 12/04/2013 12:29:28 PM PST by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because nothing says “we’re the party of the little guy” quite like leadership that mostly went to college in the Ivy League.


23 posted on 12/04/2013 12:32:19 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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