Obama’s Latest Scandal Distraction: Raising the Minimum Wage

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 at 7:18 am

Here’s how these distractions work. You get a bunch of minimum wage stooges egged on by Obama’s union buddies demanding their salaries be doubled, mix in a liberal commentator to tie it in with race,  then poof, instant distraction for Obama, aided and abetted by a compliant media.

President Obama is changing gears on the economy, highlighting income inequality as a growing problem in advance of pitched fall battles with congressional Republicans over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling.

Wow, he really changed gears quickly there after his failed “speeches” on the economy last week. So it’s time to play some class warfare and imply low pay is racist!

The focus is intended to make it easier for Obama to argue that new taxes on the rich — and not cuts to social spending — should be imposed to lower the deficit.

It also dovetails with Obama’s call for Congress to raise the federal $7.25 minimum wage and to end the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration.

“This growing inequality is not just morally wrong, it’s bad economics,” Obama said in remarks last week in Galesburg, Ill., where he began a new push on the economy.

“The income of the top 1 percent nearly quadrupled from 1979-2007, but the typical family’s incomes barely budged,” he said.

A “typical family” is not comprised of minimum wage workers. These are entry level jobs for teenagers.

The president reiterated that message in an interview with The New York Times last week.

“If we stand pat, if we don’t do anything … income inequality will continue to rise,” he told the newspaper. “Wages, incomes, savings rates for middle-class families will continue to be relatively flat. And that’s not a future that we should accept.”

Obama is also discussing the matter in private.

Of course whenever the minimum wage is raised, the number of minimum wage jobs available falls, but why bother with facts and logic when you’ve got a country to divide along class and racial lines? Speaking of co-called income inequality,  the so-called “rich” got richer under Obama.

Economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty found that between 2009 and 2011, 121 percent of income gains went to the richest 1 percent of the population, according to a report in CBS News.

The other 99 percent, the two said, saw their incomes fall by about half a percent over the same period.

So, who was president during that time? Anyone? In the meantime, look for Democrats to latch on to these staged protests and McDonald’s and for the media to create a “national” story.

Proponents hope protests from fast-food workers, along with Obama’s calls, will galvanize public support.

Ellison and other liberal Democrats are backing strikes held by workers at McDonald’s and other restaurants demanding a $15 minimum wage, as well as the right to unionize.

“There is a groundswell movement going on,” Ellison said. “They’re pressed so hard to the wall that they don’t have any other choice.”

When this manufactured “groundswell” ends and these willing dupes lose their jobs, where will they turn then>

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11 Responses to “Obama’s Latest Scandal Distraction: Raising the Minimum Wage”

  1. Mitch on 30/30/13 at 10:48 am

    Facts to a Democrat are like sunlight to a vampire. Also, how many Democrats does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

    Answer: Raise taxes.

  2. kbdabear on 30/30/13 at 11:26 am

    It already costs 7 bucks for your average McDonalds combo. Rather than price everyone out, Mickey D’s and the others will automate and install self service stations where at least you don’t need an interpreter

  3. Bob Higginbotham on 30/30/13 at 12:17 pm

    When you see a clip of these nincompoops picketing note the preprinted signs they carry during their impromptu mini uprising. I know they sure didn’t. It was either some parasitic union or, indirectly, by the government. This is just another diversion by the pretend prez. to avoid being nailed by his “phony” scandals. Especially the ones that needlessly took American lives.

  4. Just Me on 30/30/13 at 12:25 pm

    Re: 30/30/13 at 10:48 am

    “Answer: Raise taxes.”

    Raise taxes equals, “Increase our budget, and we’ll spend millions and millions studying it for years and years, increasing our budget every year of course, and write a bunch of reports, and re-verify the outcomes, increasing our budget every year of course, and then we’ll …”

    Re: 30/30/13 at 11:26 am

    The interpreter, ah yes. Everywhere I go, not just large towns/cities but tiny towns all over the west U.S.A., there is one person in front who talks English, dealing with the public. Everyone else is from some other country and doesn’t speak a word of English!!! EVERYWHERE!!! So when they say we need more work visas, or more imigrants, or what have you, they are LYING for money somehow, or are completely INSANE!!! This so called global economy can NEVER work, unless every single country involved has IDENTICAL economies/monies/wages/etc.!!! NEVER!!!

  5. Anna Keppa on 30/30/13 at 12:36 pm

    @ Palooka

    Oh yeah?

    Effects of the Minimum Wage on Employment Dynamics


    And btw: do you really think that DOUBLING minimum wage will have no effect on employment?


  6. Palooka on 30/30/13 at 12:39 pm

    It hasn’t previously and studies back it up. The increase in pay equals an increase in spending, for starters.

  7. Drumwaster on 30/30/13 at 12:44 pm

    Palooka on 30/30/13 at 9:49 am

    Increasing minimum wage has no effect on job availability.

    Then let’s raise the minimum wage to $1,000,000/hour. That will solve poverty instantly, won’t it? (Any counter-arguments you make will inevitably result in the “We’ve already settled that, and are now just dickering over the price” punchline.)

    It’s not like business owners deserve to eat, do they?

  8. Drumwaster on 30/30/13 at 12:49 pm

    The increase in pay equals an increase in spending, for starters.

    Good thing none of them have other things to do with their money than buy from their employer, isn’t it? Like save it for rainy days/kid’s college account/etc. (which won’t be spent until much later)