Republicans Prove Once Again They Hate the Working Poor, Filibuster Minimum Wage Increase

mcconnell-thumbs-upRepublicans like to claim that they’re “listening to the American people,” which might be true… if by “the American people” they mean big corporations and the richest among us.  Nearly every economic policy they support directly benefits big business and the rich while offering the “promise” that by doing so the rest of us will reap the windfall of their riches.

But as we all know it’s a promise that never pays off, because trickle-down economics is one giant con perpetuated by the rich and powerful.

Today Republicans proved once again that they hate the working poor by blocking a bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 up to $10.10.

With a vote of 54-42, with 60 votes needed to pass, the bill was blocked in the Senate by Republicans.  Harry Reid voted against it so that he could reintroduce it later, while only one Republican, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, voted for the bill.

Though, as we all know, had the bill passed the Senate it would have stood absolutely no chance at even coming up for a vote in the House.  Primarily because John Boehner is too much of a coward to even let the House vote on such issues for fear that there just might be enough Republicans who would actually vote for the bill.

If Republicans were really “listening to the American people” then raising the minimum wage wouldn’t be an issue at all, considering 71 percent of Americans support raising it.

71 percent! 

In this day and age of political polarization, it’s uncanny to have that large of a percentage of American people supporting an issue. Then again, an overwhelming percentage of American people support immigration reform and universal background checks for guns, two other issues Republicans continue to block in Congress.

Republicans continue to do everything they can to block any progress we might be able to make in this country by claiming that they’re working for the American people, all while only serving the richest two percent among us.

Yet tens of millions of poor and middle class Americans continue to support the Republican party.  I just don’t get it.

This is why I can’t stress enough how important it is that liberals get off their ass this November to get out and vote.  Because if we don’t, the next two years are going to be more of the same crap we’ve been seeing since 2010.

All the potential in thew world to push this country forward, to help the American people, with the Republican party standing in the way of any progress we might be able to make.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Outraged13

    Ahhh, my own Senator, once again voting against the best interests of the majority of the population in his own state-and once again proud of it.

  • auntielib

    Yet more bad news today for the greedy Progressives:

    “More than 44,000 home-based healthcare workers parted ways with SEIU Healthcare Michigan after learning they did not have to join the union or pay dues, according to reports the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.”

  • Sandy Greer

    Is there ANYbody the Right can’t get a ‘hate on’ for?!?!?

    The Right – best kind of People Repellents there are.

  • strayaway

    Seattle is about to raise its minimum wage to $15/hour. The State of Washington already has an over $9/hour minimum wage. This is a good idea at the state level and for the Federal government to raise the minimum wage in the District of Columbia. The federal government could however do a lot more to raise the minimum wage if it substituted import taxes for income taxes and heavily fined corporations that repeatedly hired illegal aliens. Doing those two things would create a shortage of US workers enabling them to DEMAND higher wages.

  • rossbro

    Vote, dammit ! V O T E !!!!!