Democrats have finally grown a backbone and they’re starting to show it. Today in Congress, they announced that if they take back Congress in the next election, they’re going to pass a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour in the first 4 days of the legislative session.
You heard that correctly, Americans can vote themselves a raise at the ballot box in the next election. Here’s what they had to say about the decision to unite behind a $15 minimum wage:
Now, Republicans always respond that paying people what they’re worth will harm the economy but they’ve got it all wrong. We are the economy – Americans need jobs, and businesses need Americans with money in their pockets ready to spend it – that’s the only way we’re going kick-start our economy and create an economy that works in our country.
At this Fight for $15 convention, Reverend Dr William Barber explains how it works here:
You see, for the economy to work, work has to create more purchasing power in the economy. Americans need to make enough money to put food on the table, provide for their families, and have a little left over to enjoy life too.
Our economy is based on a balance of supply and demand, but right now, there’s simply no demand in the economy. That’s why raising the minimum wage to $15/hr is a good idea.
The Department of Labor recently released a study that shows states that raise their minimum wage increase job growth at a faster rate than those that keep worker’s wages down. Another study by the National Employment Law Project also studied nearly a century of data and came to this conclusion:
“The results were clear. Of the nearly two dozen federal minimum-wage hikes since 1938, total year-over-year employment actually increased 68% of the time. In those industries most affected by the minimum wage, employment increases were even more common: 73% of the time in the retail sector, 82% in low-wage leisure and hospitality… In fact, if anything, the data suggest that increases in the federal minimum appeared to encourage job growth and hiring.”
That means raising workers wages is what creates growth in the economy, in addition to simply paying people proportionate to the value that they contribute to our economy. So Republicans who are always arguing that cutting public services and ditching regulations is what drives the economy are simply WRONG.
Yup, it’s the workers, stupid. And you got pay them, and when you do, you’re economy grows.
The American people get it, it just took the politicians in DC awhile to catch up. But that’s how change in America has always worked – movements by the people like Fight for $15 demand change and politicians take action in response to their demands, not the other way around.
So keep up the fight and keep putting pressure on those pesky politicians in Washington. They’re starting to listen, well, at least some of the Democrats in DC are starting to listen.