Thursday, July 13, 2006

Motion Sickness

Wishy Washy Walsh has gone back and forth on minimum wage so much, I'm starting to get motion sickness. And to top it off, he's at it again.

First, Dan Maffei caught him voting to block another minimum wage amendment in committee. Then yesterday he supported a non-binding (translation: it doesn't really count) resolution instructing the conference writing the final bill to include a minimum wage increase.

Okay, so for those of you keeping track at home, here is Wishy Washy Walsh's recent evolution on the issue; he was for it, then he was against it, then he was still against it, now he is for it but only if the guys writing the final bill really want it. You can see how that might make one a bit queasy.

Here is what Dan had to say on minimum wage:

"In a time when working families are being economically pressured from rising gas prices, rising interest rates, and rising health care costs, it is an abuse of power to vote to increase your own pay to $168,500 while voting to deny an increase of the minimum wage to working families, said Maffei. "When I'm Congressman, I pledge to vote against a personal pay raise until the Federal Minimum Wage is increased."

A federal minimum wage increase would help an estimated 15 million Americans rise out of poverty. The minimum wage has not been increased since 1997.

"Jim Walsh and his Republican colleagues have the wrong priorities and the wrong agenda. Increasing the minimum wage will help millions of Americans break the poverty barrier and help give working families much needed relief," Maffei continued. "It's time for new priorities, a new agenda and a new Congress that has the best interests of working families in mind."

4 Comments:

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Internet Esquire said...

If your objective is to help the working poor, then an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit would be a much more effective and equitable way of doing so than raising the minimum wage.

 
At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

EITC is fine...but what in Gods name is the rational for admiting MCs need a COLA but you and I do not? If you look at the minimum wage in real dollars it has not only not gone up, but is worth less today than it ever has before. It is criminal.

 
At 9:34 AM, Blogger The Watcher said...

Here's a better idea, let's raised the minimum wage and expand the EITC.

 
At 9:33 AM, Anonymous upstate guy said...

I think the point here is not about the minimum wage per se.

It's about the dishonest and insincere positioning that Walshie's doing around this issue.

And the dishonesty of the House Republicans and their leadership in bringing up a fake vote on the issue.

Whey can't they just state honestly that they are against a minimum wage and make their case?

Because on this as on almost every single issue, Walsh and his fellow Bush Republicans are way out of step with the vast majority of Americans and central New Yorkers especially.

 

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