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Thursday, May 1, 2014

GOP Senators Shove Low Wage Americans Down The Drain! (Again)

Cabal of the Pathetic
The US Senate failed to advance a measure to increase the Minimum Wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. GOP Senators with one exception, Corker Tennesse, stood lock-step in opposing a measure to increase the minimum level of pay for people who provide critical services as a foundation for our society. (See Pew Research below)

I posit, women, minorities (Black and Latino primarily) the elderly worker and the very young are not exactly predominate GOP voters. Each group represents a population demographic that historically provides potential employees for low wage jobs. 

Let's start a quick review of "your GOP" with the GOP television network, (AKA Fox News) and a look at at how network managers cared to cover the Senate vote. You will see major coverage of the GOP "tool" against the administration and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: "Benghazi."  

Scandal Over Substance, Fox Ignores Minimum Wage For Benghazi
For more information concerning conservative media coverage of the federal minimum wage, see herehere, and here.

For more on this and other information on Benghazi myths, visit Mythopedia.

Media Matters via the graphic reminds Fox News follows the script via no coverage of GOP opposition to raising the Minimum Wage. I may have misstated there. There was coverage for those Fox News viewers who DVR the network for later watching.

As indicted below Fox News mirrors GOP voting blocs. Th exist a set of common demographics among Fox News viewers. A set of demographics that facilitates Ruppert Murdock and Roger Ailes support for all things conservative without the prospect of offending their loyal sycophants. The network's viewers are majority white male in age groups from mid-twenties through age 60 and above.

Democrat voting blocs aside, take a look at who actually earns the Minimum Wage.


JULY 19, 2013

Who makes minimum wage?

Perhaps surprisingly, not very many people earn minimum wage, and they make up a smaller share of the workforce than they used to. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year 1.566 million hourly workers earned the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour; nearly two million more earned less than that because they fell under one of several exemptions (tipped employees, full-time students, certain disabled workers and others), for a total of 3.55 million hourly workers at or below the federal minimum.
That group represents 4.7% of the nation’s 75.3 million hourly-paid workers and 2.8% of all workers. In 1979, when the BLS began regularly studying minimum-wage workers, they represented 13.4% of hourly workers and 7.9% of all wage and salary workers. (Bear in mind that the 3.55 million figure doesn’t include salaried workers. But BLS says relatively few salaried workers are paid at what would translate into below-minimum hourly rates. Also, 19 states besides the District have minimum wages higher than the federal standard; people who’d be minimum-wage workers in those states aren’t included in the 3.55 million total.)
People at or below the federal minimum are:
  • Disproportionately young: 50.6% are ages 16 to 24; 24% are teenagers (ages 16 to 19).
  • Mostly (78%) white; fully half are white women.
  • Largely part-time workers (64% of the total).
MinimunWageTableThey work in industries that you might expect: Just over half (51%) work in the leisure and hospitality industry, about 16% in retail, 9% in education and health services, and the rest scattered among different sectors. Broken down occupationally, the picture is similar: Nearly 44% are in food-preparation and serving-related occupations; 15% are in sales and related occupations, and the rest are scattered.
In 2013, Pew may have via study placed a finger on GOP indifference to raising the minimum wage:
  • Disproportionately young: 50.6% are ages 16 to 24; 24% are teenagers (ages 16 to 19).
  • Mostly (78%) white; fully half are white women.
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Not exactly GOP voter blocks. Do you also wonder if the 78% white minimum wage earners (including 50% of that number women)  could be stratified into married or not married?

On April 15th, 2014, Politico published a piece identifying unmarried women as key to the 2014 vote. Unmarried women is a historic democrat voting bloc. 

But marital status is one of the strongest predictors of whether a person will vote and for which party, which is why so many progressives and Democrats are paying attention now. 
A majority of American households are now unmarried, and nearly a quarter of the presidential-year electorate were unmarried women. But marriage is now politicized too. Nearly 60 percent of those who call themselves Republicans are married and three-quarters of the conservative Republican base are married. By contrast, two-thirds of unmarried women voted for Barack Obama and Democrats for Congress in 2012; two-thirds voted for Terry McAuliffe for Virginia governor in 2013. 
But if you want to know why unmarried women are now the focus, it is not because they are assuredly Democrats, or even assuredly voters. In an off-year election, and when so many are struggling economically, unmarried women are no guarantee at the polls. 

You might assume that unmarried women are the main target for Democrats in 2014 because they are pro-choice, pro-birth control and pro-women’s health. While it’s true—these women are pro-choice—our research shows that what motivates them to vote are economic issues, particularly those that affect working women and mothers. In Virginia, much of the Democrats’ advertising was focused on abortion and contraception and no doubt increased Democratic support, but it did not raise turnout among unmarried women.
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For those who prefer graphics and wish to drill a bit deeper (excuse the use GOP phraseology).

The GOP has various impetus to fight raising their minimum wage. First, and foremost the Kochs are dogmatic against raising the minimum wage; enough of an impetus in and of itself. Second, it appears the minimum wage and its 1.6 million earners are outside the realm of GOP voting blocs. The data shows most minimum wage earners fall full into Democrat voter demographics.

How about a look at how the GOP differs (from DEMs and Independents) regrading the Minimum Wage and Unemployment payments? Despite lackadaisical concern for raising the Minimum Wage from the GOP, 73% of survey respondents are in favor of raising the rate. 

Pew Research

Pew January 2014

Even a majority who claim the GOP are in favor of raising the Minimum wage to $10.10!

I have to ask. "what is up with this?

The senate vote: 54-42 to continue ("Fake" debate and to not move the measure to a floor vote).

Democrat response

The vote was 54-42 in favor of allowing debate on the measure to procede, six votes short of the 60 Democrats needed to prevail. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was the only voting Republican to cross party lines and vote "yes." Reid switched his vote to "no," a procedural move that gives him the right to call another vote on the measure. No other Democrats opposed the bill.
“Today, I voted to advance legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016, which could give nearly 750,000 Virginians a raise. I’m discouraged that many of my Senate colleagues chose to block a bill with such broad, bipartisan support from the American public," he said....Virginia Senator Tim Kaine 

 "Today we saw a clear distinction between what we're fighting for, we Democrats, and the Republicans, what they're fighting for. They're fighting for the billionaires. We're fighting for people who are struggling to make a living," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., after the vote.

Republican response

"Washington Democrats' true focus these days seems to be making the far left happy, not helping the middle class," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

"This is all about politics," said No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas. "This is about trying to make this side of the aisle look bad and hard-hearted."
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It doesn't take much off an imagination to find serious differences in the responses from respective party leaders.  

It doesn't matter if the issue cuts-along party line and is existentially in a political realm, people who are the bottom of the socio/economic strata shouldn't be forced to live below the official poverty level.  Pay at the level of $7.25 per hour is below the federal poverty level.

Lisa Klinger , News Leavitt Dot Com

And, it should be noted each of the US Senators who voted to continue debate on raising the Minimum Wage are more likely than not millionaires. 

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