It’s never a “good time” to increase the minimum wage.

According to Megan Henney for FOXBusiness, “President Biden’s push to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour as part of a broader coronavirus relief package could be a ‘death knell’ for businesses still reeling from the pandemic, according to a new study published this week.”

A “death knell?”

That seems overly dramatic to me.

“The report, authored by researchers at the University of Kentucky, Indiana University and Washington University in St. Louis, found that hiking the minimum wage hurts new entrants into the labor market, based on data from six states that increased their minimum rate.”

It also “hurts” when you’re a worker and you can’t pay your bills.

Just sayin’.

Can we all agree that someone can get a “report” to basically support whatever narrative the want to push?

“When the minimum wage increased, businesses — particularly those making tradeable goods, such as the manufacturing sector — reduced the number of new workers they were hiring, the study found.”

Just for the record, the federal minimum wage was last increased July 24, 2009, when it rose from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour.

Whoa!  Be still my heart!

So, the minimum wage has been stuck on $7.25 an hour for over ten years!  

So much for even a cost of living increase.

‘“While the overall number of low-wage workers declines following a minimum wage increase, incumbent workers are no less likely to remain employed,’ the report said.”

“Given that the U.S. unemployment rate is still hovering at 6.7%, Radhakrishnan Gopalan, one of the study’s authors and a finance professor at Washington University in St. Louis, argued now is not the time to hike the minimum wage.”

Like I said, there is never a good time to raise the minimum wage for all of the people not forced to work for the minimm wage.

“Roughly 800,000 Americans have been filing for unemployment benefits each week over the past five months — nearly four times the pre-crisis level — and there are about 9.8 million more out of work Americans now than compared to February, before the crisis began.”

Yes…, thanks to the oppressive and draconian lock-downs, mostly dictated by clueless blue state governors.   

‘“Small businesses are especially hurting from the pandemic,’ Gopalan said. ‘The restaurant sector, which employs a significant number of minimum wage workers, and the retail sector are struggling. Raising the minimum wage now would spell a death knell for many small restaurants.’”

Again, the so-called “death knell” has already been caused by these “non-science” based lockdowns.

Believe me, big and small businesses will all deal having to pay their emplyees a decent wage.

They’ll deal with it.

They all manage to deal with tax increases.

They all manage to deal with additional regulations and regulation changes.

They all manage to deal with cost increases in other areas.

They all seem to be able to manage to deal with everything else except paying their employees a livable wage!

“A recent analysis published by the Congressional Budget Office [CBO], a nonpartisan agency [There is no such thing by the way.], found that as many as 3.7 million workers could lose their jobs as a result of the minimum wage increase. At the same time, the CBO projects that some 17 million workers would receive a pay boost.”

“Could” and “would” definitely come from two different perspectives.

One perspective is what is possible to happen, and the other perspective deals with what will happen.

I do think it is reasonable to believe there will be a loss of some slave labor jobs, however, when these businesses are forced to act more fairly towards their workers.

‘“For most low-wage workers, earnings and family income would increase, which would lift some families out of poverty,’ the report said. ‘But other low-wage workers would become jobless, and their family income would fall—in some cases, below the poverty threshold.’”

The truth is MANY families would be lifted out of poverty, while others would just remain there.

“And although raising the minimum wage could boost spending among low-income Americans, Gopalan argued the Biden administration should wait until 2022 to implement an increase to allow the economy and unemployment rate to recover from the economic shock of the pandemic.”

‘“Having said that, the multiple stimulus packages have put a lot of money in people’s hands, so one is talking about demand in the economy possibly outstripping supply once the pandemic is brought under control,’ he said. ‘Some are already cautioning about the economy overheating.’”

Wow!

Well, we’ll definitely have to be on look-out for the “economy overheating!”

That sounds like an economic windfall…, for everyone except those making $7.25 an hour, of course!

Maybe a raising of the minimum wage will be exactly what the economy needs to cool it down a bit!

“The pandemic has already devastated small businesses, which employ roughly 59 million Americans, or about 47.5% of the nation’s entire workforce. One estimate from Yelp found that between April and September of last year, 160,000 businesses closed — or about 800 per day.”

Like I said earlier…, the pandemic didn’t devastate anything economically…, oppressive and draconian lock-downs, mostly dictated by clueless blue state governors, did.  

“Biden is seeking to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, where it’s remained for the past decade, to $15 per hour and to end the tipped minimum wage and sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities.”

Don’t even get me started on the tipped minimum wage and sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities.

Let’s just say the “tipped minimum wage” should just be “the” minimum wage. Tips should be tips, and not considered part of a person’s wage.

And the minimum wage for people with disabilities is completely illegal in my opinion.

Have any of these geniuses ever heard of the The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or ADA, which is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability?

It seems like they haven’t.

“Separately, a group of Democratic lawmakers reintroduced legislation on Tuesday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.”

By 2025?!

‘“Let’s be clear: The $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage,’ Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the incoming chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said during a call with reporters. ‘No person in America can make it on $8, $10 or $12 an hour.’”

Well, I can now say I agreed with Senator Sanders at least once.

Anyway…, okay…, here we go.

MrEricksonRules is going to apply some reasonable common sense here.

My minimum wage proposal would be as follows:

$8.00 per hour minimum wage for all 16-17 year-olds (True “entry level” high school aged employees.).

$10.00 per hour minimum wage for all 18-22 year-olds (True “entry level” college aged employees.).

$15.00 per hour minimum wage for all 23 year-olds and over (for people who are actually trying to make a living.). 

Let’s remember that at $15.00 an hour these people are still not getting rich, but at least they can live.

At $15.00 an hour an individual will make $600 gross and $460 net a week, or net $1,840 a month, which is $22,080 a year.  

If you take into consideration rent, a car, gas, utilities, a phone, and food, these people are still only just getting by, but at least they can get by.

If we don’t supply a living wage for these older workers, what alternatives do they have?

They can go on an entitlement program and live off of government assistance.

What is the better option?

I would much rather pay a little more for goods and services than just support these people entirely.

I would much rather support people who are willing to work for a living than those who don’t or those who can’t support themselves.

Why is it their burden to insure everyone else a cheaper burger or a cheaper anything?

I feel it is a sin for all of us to take advantage of the “working poor” in our country, just so the rest of us can afford a little more.

Not to mention all of the companies and businesses, big and small, who take advantage of them, while affording multi-million dollar salaries to CEOs and other executives, sizeable profits to shareholders, and very comfortable lives to other business owners.

If you’d like to comment on my proposal, or try and defend the current $7.25 an hour minimum wage, I’d love to hear from you. I may even do a follow-up blog incorporating the comments I receive.

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Meet a real scumbag!

I don’t normally like calling names…, but I’m going to make an exception in this case.

Hey…, if the shoe fits, wear it!

Meet the AFL-CIO (The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) president, Richard Trumka.

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Trumka routinely lies to his union members, and to everyone else, while performing his duties as an ugly bully, and a shameless puppet for the democrats.

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From the AFL-CIO’s own website:

“The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) works tirelessly to improve the lives of working people.”

“We are the democratic, voluntary federation of 55 national and international labor unions that represent 12.5 million working men and women.”

“We strive to ensure all working people are treated fairly, with decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, dignity, and equal opportunities. We help people acquire valuable skills and job-readiness for the 21st century economy.”

“Our work is anchored in making sure everyone who works for a living has family-supporting wages and benefits and the ability to retire with dignity.”

“We advance legislation to create good jobs by investing tax dollars in schools, roads, bridges, ports and airports, and improving the lives of workers through education, job training and a livable minimum wage. We advocate for strengthening Social Security and private pensions, ensuring fair tax policies, and making high-quality, affordable health care available to all.”

“We fight for keeping good jobs at home by reforming trade rules, reindustrializing the U.S. economy and providing worker protections in the global economy. We stand firm in holding corporations accountable for their actions.”

“We help make safe, equitable workplaces and give working people a collective voice to address workplace injustices without the fear of retaliation. We fight for social and economic justice and strive to vanquish oppression in all its forms.”

IF THIS IS TRUE, THEN PLEASE TELL ME HOW IN GOD’S NAME YOUR UNION IS SUPPORTING JOE BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT?!

Again, we hear and see words, words, words.

And, again…, please remember…, in the liberal fascist world, it’s more important to say the right things than to do the right things.

This all sounds good, but again…, IF THIS IS TRUE, THEN PLEASE TELL ME HOW IN GOD’S NAME, YOUR UNION IS SUPPORTING JOE BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT AND NOT PRESIDENT TRUMP?!

In response, first of all, the only thing you “work tirelessly” at is picking the pockets of all of your members.

Secondly, you don’t “fight for keeping good jobs at home by reforming trade rules, reindustrializing the U.S. economy and providing worker protections in the global economy.”  In fact, you supported Obama/Biden and Hillary Clinton, after witnessing their horrible trade deals…, watched them kill U.S. manufacturing…, and experienced an unprecedented exodus of American jobs overseas.

So, AFL-CIO, and Richard Trumka, I’m calling you out for the BS artists you are.

That’s just a nice way of saying you’re a disingenuous, workingman poser, a liar, and a traitor to all of the members you represent.

You and all of the AFL-CIO leadership.

BAM!

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Talia Kaplan of FOX Business reports that, “The president [Richard Trumka] of the nation’s labor union [the AFL-CIO] was challenged by FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday over statements he made regarding presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and job creation.”

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“In a heated exchange on ‘Mornings with Maria’ on Tuesday, Richard Trumka, the president of the more than 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO, claimed that Trump ‘lost a lot’ of jobs and Bartiromo pushed back saying before the coronavirus pandemic ‘we had probably the best job situation in a generation.’”

“Trump lost a lot of jobs?!”

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Let me just say that it always becomes “a heated exchange” with Trumka, when you don’t allow him to lie, and you call him out on it.”

He’s not used to anyone pushing back on him, and he is ill-equipped, mentally, to deal with it.

“Trumka told Bartiromo that Biden ‘wants to make sure that American jobs stay here.’”

Boy…, you sure couldn’t have guessed that based on Biden’s and Barack’s track record while in The White House.

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‘“He’s working with us on that. He has an industrial program to create jobs, an infrastructure program to help create jobs here at home and so we’ll work with him to make sure that happens,’ Trumka said.”

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If you say so, Trumka.

‘“Joe’s a working guy. He came out of [the] working class.  He understands us.  He came out of Pennsylvania.  He understands what we’re about.’”

Ha!

“Joe’s a working guy?”

Really?

Ya, he came out of a middle-class family, but Joe ain’t no “working guy.”

He’s a career politician that doesn’t know the first thing about working for a living.

Oh…, and “he came out of Pennsylvania?”

So, what?!

Like coming out of Pennsylvania gives you some special kind of awareness!

Nothing against Pennsylvania, but seriously?

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‘“We feel comfortable that he’s going to protect American jobs and work with us on all the different policy issues that need to be taken care of, not just a single policy,’ Trumka said.”

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Again…, you sure couldn’t have guessed that based on Biden’s and Barack’s track record while in The White House.

“Bartiromo then said, ‘Let me push back on that because what did Joe Biden do under the administration when he was with President Obama for the unions?’”

“She added that for President Trump, jobs ‘has been his number one issue.’”

“Yeah, but he’s lost a lot,” Trumka responded. “If you look at where he’s at right now, doesn’t matter, you can say it’s about the pandemic, but he’s lost jobs.”

Like I mentioned before…, Trumka is ill-equipped to defend his illogic.

‘“We’ve lost manufacturing jobs, we lost mining jobs, we’ve lost every set of jobs out there,’ he continued. ‘So, what I said is he talks about it, but his policy doesn’t match it to make it happen. That’s what we have to do, line up the words with the policies.’”

Oh, so, now you want to start doing that?

“Bartiromo then said, ‘It actually did happen,’ adding that his statements are ‘not true.’”

You better watch it, Maria!

Trumka has been known to throw a “hissy fit” when he’s called a liar.

‘“It actually did happen before the pandemic. We had probably the best job situation in a generation,’ she continued.”

Oh, there’s no “probably” about it, Maria.

We HAD the best job situation in a generation.

We HAD historic economic numbers all across the board, regarding employment, the stock market, wages, and whatever else you care to mention.

“Bartiromo then brought up the fact that before the pandemic, the jobless rate was 3.5 percent, the lowest rate since 1969.”

‘“So, everything you’re saying is actually missing the mark because right before the coronavirus hit, we actually did have the best economy and jobs market anybody had ever seen. So, I have to push back on that because it’s just simply not true,’ Bartiromo told Trumka.”

That a girl, Maria!

We can all tell you don’t work for CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, or The Washington Post.

‘“Please do,’ Trumka said in response. ‘Let me push back on what you’re saying. The jobs being created weren’t manufacturing jobs, they weren’t mining jobs, they were service jobs that paid lower wages.’”

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Liar, liar pants on fire!

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I believe you’re remembering back to the Obama/Biden years, Trumka.

‘“Yes, we had jobs, but we need to raise the wages of those jobs that’s why there’s growing inequality in this country,’ he continued.”

‘“Wages were going up,’ Bartiromo noted.”

‘“Every year inequality has gotten worse in this country because wages aren’t going up properly,’ Trumka hit back.”

‘“No, that’s not true,’ Bartiromo said.”

Watch it, Maria! This meathead will swing on you!

‘“It is true,’ Trumka said.”

‘“No, no it’s not,’ Bartiromo said, adding that ‘the statistics are the statistics.’”

‘“Inequality actually began to narrow in the year before the coronavirus,’ she said. ‘We have to call this out. We’ve been talking about this before the coronavirus, this was one of the main issues that we discussed on this program.’”

“Bartiromo went on to tell Trumka that ‘The President’s policies have been all about jobs and economic growth and that was certainly playing out before the coronavirus. There’s no doubt about it.’”

Thank you, Maria, for standing up to this liberal propagandist, for stating the truth, and for not allowing Trumka to peddle his lies.

‘“Before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia told Fox Business that workers’ wages were growing faster than their bosses’, narrowing the income gap, as a result of President Trump’s policies.”

‘“At the end of the Obama administration, what we saw is wage growth for the high wage earners [and] slow wage growth for the low wage earners,’ Scalia told Bartiromo in an exclusive interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January. ‘We’ve flipped that in this economy.’”

Richard Trumka has been the president of the AFL-CIO for over a decade now.

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I contend that he doesn’t even come close to representing the vast majority of his union members anymore.

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In the 2016 presidential election, the AFL-CIO backed Hillary Clinton…, and we all know how that turned out.

According to Amanda Becker for Reuters News service, regarding the election back in 2016, “The initial ads will be… featuring an image of Trump with a statement he made supporting ‘right-to-work’ laws, which weaken organized labor by limiting their ability to collect membership dues. Several states have passed such laws, and the U.S. Congress has considered a similar measure.”

‘“I like right to work. My position on right to work is 100 percent,’ Trump said in a radio interview in South Carolina.”

“The text campaign on which the ads will be modeled featured a quote from Trumka, hitting Trump on right-to-work, and characterizing him as racist: ‘Donald Trump’s bigoted comments are bad enough. Now, he supports right to work. Tell him right to work is wrong for working people.’”

“But Trumka, a former coal miner and leader of that union, has made clear he believes Trump in particular would be a disastrous candidate for workers.’”

When you listen to Trumka talk, or read his words, you have to remember to translate what he’s saying.

When he says, “Trump in particular would be a disastrous candidate for workers.”

You have to replace the word “workers” with the words, “me and my liberal, union, flunkies.”

And when he, Trumka, says, “Now, he [Trump] supports right to work. Tell him right to work is wrong for working people.”

You have to replace the words “working people” with the words, “me and my liberal, union, flunkies.”

Here endeth the lesson.

LET’S KEEP AMERICA GREAT!

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GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Tampa, Florida

 

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