The White House is using the minimum wage debate to turn American companies against the Republicans. They have portrayed Republican legislators as the enemy to millions of Americans in their fight to win the hearts and minds of the electorate this November.
One example is President Barack Obama sugary praise on Wednesday of Gap Inc. They made an independent decision to raise their lowest paid employees to $10 per hour.
Other companies, such as the non-union Wal-Mart continue to “look into the issue. We’re looking at the impact of some of the proposals that exist out there,” Wal-Mart’s spokeswoman, Brooke Buchanan, told The Daily Caller.
A March 2013 Gallup poll reported 71 percent support for a $9 wage. The support rose to 76 percent in November, according to Gallup.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll showed 66 percent support, with 31 percent opposition.
A Tuesday report from the Congressional Budget Office, clearly outlined that a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour “could benefit 16.5 million people,” but also “eliminate 500,000 mostly low-wage jobs by 2016."
That was all the ammunition the GOP needed. A “possible loss” of 500,000 is an emotional plea to undecided voters rather than a pragmatic and business-like decision.
It should be remembered that GOP opposition to the 1996 increase in the minimum wage didn’t stop it, even though they controlled the money strings in the House. The majority leader was Texas libertarian Rep. Dick Armey, an economist who opposed a minimum wage.
Democratic pressure is coming from one main source, Agenda Project, a group of wealthy investors and business leaders organized by a liberal activist group. One of their members, Leo Hindery,
the managing partner of InterMedia Partners, and a member of the group, dubbed Smart Capitalists for American Prosperity, said “It is past time for the minimum wage to rise to the level that approaches the poverty level.”
Another member, Aach Zlotnitsky, said “Ten times it has been on the ballot in states, 10 times it has won." He is the CEO of the high-tech company, iControl Universal Collaboration Solutions.
The question is, will the GOP fold tent to keep the target for November squarely on the failure of Obamacare.
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