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  •  Great message (3+ / 0-)

    anything that can be done is welcome news. Actions speak louder than words.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 07:08:56 AM PST

    •  yes, that's why Obama's total inaction (6+ / 0-)

      on this issue for the first two years of his presidency, when he had Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, will speak far louder than his pleasant words now.

      We were in the depths of the economic crisis at the beginning of Obama's presidency, it made total sense to raise the minimum wage and put more purchasing power in people's pockets, but they didn't do it. Because they didn't want to.

      That Obama is even making this modest proposal at all, rather than merely spouting platitudes about how the economy is doing well, means the administration's pretty desperate.

      They had hoped not to have to talk about bread-and-butter economic issues at all in this election. Knowing that the GOP would never attempt to play the populist, they felt free to ignore the needs of working people in favor of doing the bidding of Wall Street.

      Now they're having to exploit those economic issues, just to get that small edge.

      "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

      by limpidglass on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 07:21:51 AM PST

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      •  The minimum wage was scheduled to rise in 2009. (4+ / 0-)

        So there was no reason (then) to reopen the issues. Also, given how high unemployment was, no one wanted to risk making the economy even weaker.

      •  There is great momentum to raise the min wage now. (2+ / 0-)
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        middleagedhousewife, reginahny

        I'm not so sure about 2009.

      •  Hmmm...what did Obama did the first two years of (5+ / 0-)

        his Presidency again? He saved the US economy from slipping into a second Great depression, part of which was through passing the The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which is still creating jobs even today.

        He passed The Affordable Healthcare Act, which has enabling tens of millions of people healthcare. He saved the automobile industry, which was responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of jobs....

        He advocated for equal pay for women, he instituted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as part of the  Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which to date has refunded over three quarters of a billion dollars to consumers who fell victim to various violations of consumer financial protection laws....

        I know if you were President you could have done more more more! Because really, this has fallen way too short!

        I hope you run in 2016!

      •  Clueless comment (0+ / 0-)

        And I'm frankly amazed that anyone would rec it.

        As another respondent has already noted, the minimum wage was already scheduled to increase in 2009 from legislation that had been passed a couple years earlier (after the Dems took control of the House and Senate).  Pushing for another minimum wage increase on top of the one that was already scheduled would have gone nowhere.

        In addition, the president was dealing with trying to get a stimulus package passed, saving GM and Chrysler, and getting expanded access to healthcare for the American people.

        It's not like he was sitting on his rear doing nothing.

        Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

        by TexasTom on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 10:45:51 AM PST

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