Now that the crisis in the Ukraine has passed, it’s back to the endless campaign trail for the pathetic Barack Obama.
President Obama will appear with four Democratic governors from New England on Wednesday in Connecticut as he presses his uphill fight with Congress to approve an increase in the federal minimum wage.
Obama’s visit to the Nutmeg State will come a day after he releases his 2015 budget proposal, which will call for increased spending on manufacturing and early childhood education, in addition to the minimum wage hike to $10.10 an hour.
Three of the governors, Dannel Malloy (Conn.), Peter Shumlin (Vt.) and Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), touted their efforts to bring state minimum wages in line with Obama’s request during a conference call on Sunday organized by the White House.
“It’s imperative that we act on this together,” Chafee said. The fourth governor who will appear with Obama Wednesday at Central Connecticut State University is Deval Patrick (D) of Massachusetts.
Noting that governors in both parties had lost confidence in Congress’s ability to act, Chafee and Shumlin said there was talk at a White House meeting last week of states acting in concert to raise the minimum wage. In the past, some states have been reluctant to act out of fear that businesses would move to neighboring states where the minimum wage was lower.
In Connecticut, Malloy has called for raising the state minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017, and in Vermont, which already has the third-highest minimum wage in the nation, Shumlin is pushing for a similar target. The Vermont minimum wage this year is $8.73. Connecticut’s is $8.70, increasing to $9 an hour next year.
For some reason this apparently is all the Democrats have to campaign on this year. No wonder they’re going to get hammered in November.