Progressives Fight Back Against Centrist Democrats' Ploy to 'Water Down' $15 Minimum Wage Bill

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    • #49719
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      The Congressional Progressive Caucus is fighting back against an attempt by centrist Democrats to undercut the push for a $15 federal minimum wage with legislation that would allow lower hourly pay in “rural areas.”

      “We want to pass a full $15 minimum wage bill,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) told Politico in an interview. “We’re very clear about that. Being in Congress means leading, and we need to lead on minimum wage.”

      Politico first reported Thursday that leaders of the Progressive Caucus are “lobbying fellow Democrats to help extinguish” the moderate faction’s proposal, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday.

      The moderates’ legislation—led by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.)—would establish a “regional wage” adjusted to local cost of living, as opposed to the $15 federal minimum proposed by the Raise the Wage Act.

      “Low-income areas would be locked in to lower wages. We don’t have differentiated payments for Social Security.”
      —Rep. Bobby Scott

      Why is it that anyone preventing good things for the poorest among us is a

      “Moderate Centrist”

      and anyone trying to do good things for the poorest among us is a

      “Radical left wing commie hippie pinko slut/bastard”?

      We need to change that…

      “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
      ~Samuel Clemens

    • #49753
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      Progressives have to fight the Republicans in the Democratic Party before they face the Republicans of the Republican Party in the general election.

      Fear not the path of Truth for the lack of People walking on it. - RFK

    • #49806
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      LOL@ fall0in-liners this fight also makes you as scummy as neolibs that you voted for

      Never expect different result by following the previous steps

    • #49833
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      Prices aren’t any cheaper in rural areas.  Centrist assholes! What the fuck is wrong with these people??

    • #49835
      Lord Thomas
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      I think there is some merit to difference between Urban and rural areas.

      For instance when $15 min wage was talked about in California and my business employed 22 people, I had to decide what I would do. I would probably end up with 19 employees. I could barely pay wages, rent, payroll taxes, insurance ect. Sometimes I did not even get paid, everybody else who worked for me always got paid.

      I know everybody is all about the large corporations making gazillion dollars and paying their employees next to nothing. News flash not all corporations make that kinda money. The rules apply to everybody across the board, large or small.

      Some people don’t understand the costs of running a corp in a legit manner. For instance if I take $200 in taxes out of somebodies check, I pay the government that $200 plus I also have to pay @ $220 in payroll taxes, that comes out to @$420 paid.

      I have a unemployment sub account. Say I have to pay $8,500  to the government which is in case someone goes on unemployment, I pay for it. What gripes my chaps is, even tho I have NO unemployment claims, I never, ever get that money back and next year it’s rinse and repeat. If by chance I do get a claim against me, the amount next year is higher.

      That is my experience in Orange County, Calif.

      Fast forward to now, I live in a poor rural town in SC and found out last election for Mayor that they pay the police here $10.85 to start and the police chief gets tops $14.85, plus they have insurance. That is because there are no jobs, the town does not make tons of money in taxes and can barley afford what they are doing now. That was an eye opening and humbling experience for me.

      I am not arguing about $15.00 min wage, I just now realize that every town USA is different and 1 ring to rule them all is not all inclusive.

      Figured maybe I would share my experience and possibly give folks some food for thought.

      I don’t have an answer, only know that I now really don’t have an answer. 


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