Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Pass a real minimum wage increase

Plenty's been said about the latest effort by House Republicans to use a minimum wage increase as a Trojan Horse to pass a $260+ billion inheritance tax cut for the 8,000 wealthiest families in America. (But if you're interested in reading more, check out this post by Rep. George Miller exposing the Republican strategy and this post by Nathan Newman explaining how the Republican bill will actually cut the minimum wage for workers who work for tips).

If Republicans like John Sweeney and Randy Kuhl think this transparent ploy gives them political cover, they're wrong. The American public is smarter than minimum wage opponents give them credit for, and they see through this travesty. One thing that is plain to see: if we want a real minimum wage increase (without paying an extortion to the wealthiest 0.3% Americans in the form of a further rollback of the inheritance tax), we first need to take back Congress.

More on this tomorrow.

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