IMAGINE WHAT CORPORATE WHORES WOULD DEMAND IF IT WAS A LIVING WAGE INSTEAD OF A MINIMUM WAGE!!
My friend Bob Geiger is overjoyed that the Senate finally passed an increase-- after 10 years-- of the minimum wage. After Democrats defeated a vicious Republican filibuster-- compromising on a plan to give more unfair tax breaks to the kinds of people who give Beltway slime (of both political parties) campaign contributions-- the bill finally passed 94-3. The 3 ultra-reactionaries who most hate working men and women and refused to vote to an increase are all big shot because they don't have to face votes in the near future: Coburn (R-OK), DeMint (R-SC), and Kyl (R-AZ)-- 3 real monsters.
Meanwhile, Democrats in the House-- along with 68 Republicans who abandoned their reactionary leadership-- had the strength to just go pass a clean minimum wage raise without all the bullshit compromises sleazy senators from both parties (virtually all the Republicans all the DLC type fake-Dems) demanded before passing it. Right up til the end, the worst of the corporate whores were still holding the minimum wage bill hostage to a greed that knows no bounds. DLC nightmare Mary Landrieu (LA) wanted to double the expensing provisions from $100,000 to $200,000 and George Voinovich R-OH) somehow thinks protecting millionaires trust funds needs to be tied to a minimum wage bill.
An even more predatory a monstrosity than either Landrieu or Voinovich is arch-reactionary Mike Enzi (R-WY) who warns that when the bill goes to conference committee with the House, the forces of greed and avarice will give up nothing at all. "I think that what was demonstrated was that our side of the aisle would like it to be more, but we'll settle for what's in there, which was done in a very bipartisan way." Bipartisan? Sure-- corporate whores from both political parties are very much a part of the Insider Money Party.