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Vice President Biden and Democratic Governors talk about raising the minimum wage on Feb 21, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden meets with Democratic governors to discuss raising the minimum wage
First the bad news from Public Policy Polling's latest national survey (pdf): President Barack Obama still has a net negative job approval rating, with 43 percent approving and 51 percent disapproving, and just 39 percent of voters rated the Obamacare rollout as successful, compared with 56 percent who say it hasn't been.

Those numbers, however, are improvements from previous polling: Obama's numbers are up a net of six points since December and the Obamacare rollout numbers are up a net 13 points since January.

But since neither the president nor Obamacare are on the ballot, this might be the most significant area of improvement: Democrats are now favored on the generic ballot by a 43-40 margin. In January, Republicans led by a 42-40 margin.

PPP also asked about increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, and the results are even better than the generic ballot: 56 percent support an increase, compared with just 38 percent who oppose it.

And it is the kind of issue that works well with the country as a whole, with overwhelming support among Democrats, who favor it by an 83-12 margin. Meanwhile, even though Republicans oppose it overall, 29 percent still favor it, so to the extent that it motivates each party's base, it does so in asymmetric fashion.

Those numbers suggest that Democrats really should make it the center of their fall platform—as long as they plan to deliver if they win the election.

The survey was conducted from March 6-9 with a margin of error of ±2.9 percent.

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  •  15. n/t (7+ / 0-)

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by unclebucky on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:02:58 PM PDT

  •  OK, WHO Here Believes Min Wage Hike (1+ / 0-)
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    No Exit

    will occur THIS year, an election year?

    Nope.

    "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

    by Superpole on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:03:29 PM PDT

    •  Every year is an election year (1+ / 0-)
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      Flying Goat

      and is just a BS reason for not getting something done. Conversation should start at 15.15 and then compromise lower if we have to. If we start at 10.10 then the compromise will be 8 or 9 and people will still be in poverty and not making nearly enough to keep up with the cost of living.

      “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

      by Tool on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:18:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Do you pay your employees $15.15? (0+ / 0-)

        New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

        by AlexDrew on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:26:56 PM PDT

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        •  No because I've worked min wage jobs (0+ / 0-)

          for half my adult life. When I worked at private schools for autistic children in which I had to deal with extreme behaviors such as being spit on, shit on, hair pulled, punched, kicked, bitten while having to undergo intense training so I could better provide and teach the children I was initially offered:

          8 dollars an hour.

          I said no. I said that my back round and cert should afford me more $. They then offered me 10. I said no. Then they offered me 11 and I said yes for fear of pushing my luck. The vast majority of people doing this labor intensive and highly specialized job were making 8 dollars an hour. People were shocked when I told them I negotiated for that high of a salary. We do not pay workers what they deserve in this country. How is it that tipped workers have not have a wage increase since what - 1992? They make a little over 2 dollars an hour and have to rely on the kindness of strangers to even attempt to make a living wage.

          If wages kept up with productivity instead of our wealth being siphoned upwards the min wage would be 22.00 an hour. 15 dollars is a compromise already since income inequality is at its greatest heights since the Gilded Age. We have the robber barons 2.0 on steroids and the gap between what workers make and CEO compensation is obscene.  

          If I did have a company you damned well believe I would pay my employees a living wage. How is it that Costco or Moo Cluck Moo are able to pay their employees a living wage yet Walmart or other chain/box business are unable to do so? Oh yeah - it might cut into their billions in profit and multi million dollar CEO pay rates.

          Kindly argue in good faith.  

          “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

          by Tool on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:37:42 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Walmart can afford $15, but what about (0+ / 0-)

            the dry cleaner down the street in Des Moines; the ice cream shop with 6  employees in Allentown? Think it through. Consider the small businesses along with multinationals.

            New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

            by AlexDrew on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:43:00 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  If all workers are paid a higher wage then there (0+ / 0-)

              is more money in circulation to be able to be spent on goods and services. Right now there is little disposable income available for the 99%. I've considered the small businesses. If you can't afford to pay your workers a wage that they could live on you shouldn't be in business.

              There should also be tax incentives or write offs for business that pay their workers a living wage. That would go a long way to mitigate the "horror" of having to pay someone enough of a wage so they don't have to choose between gas and food.  

              “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

              by Tool on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:48:38 PM PDT

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            •  With that logic Washington State would be broke (1+ / 0-)
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              Tool

              They have a minimum wage that adjusts for inflation. Right now, their minimum wage is at $9.32 an hour.

              Their unemployment rate is now 6.4 percent, three ticks below the national average.

              The last time I was there, they were doing pretty well.

              •  $9.32 ain't $15. In SF, it's almost $11. (0+ / 0-)

                New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

                by AlexDrew on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 03:17:38 AM PDT

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        •  There's That Question (1+ / 0-)
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          Tool

          the other would be: WHO here can survive on $10.10 an hour??

          "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

          by Superpole on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:40:59 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  In San Francisco, where I live, no one. (0+ / 0-)

            In most other cities where a 1 bedroom can rent for $700 or  less, it can be done. People are doing it. Of course, if you live a "YOLO, can't take it with you" lifestyle, it will be difficult. Choices and decisions you make in life matter. Take some responsibility to better yourself. Upgrade your skill set instead of smoking another bowl.

            New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

            by AlexDrew on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:51:52 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Hang On While I Fire Up Another.. (2+ / 0-)
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              Tool, ChuckChuckerson

              Errrr.... wait, you said Not to do that?

              OK... You are correct... Update your skill sets-- for WHAT vocation, I wonder? Bartender?

              The notion there are plenty of great paying jobs out there if people just get more skills is mostly nonsense.

              "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

              by Superpole on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:55:45 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

      •  $15.15? I agree with you; however (0+ / 0-)

        you do realize the gigantic QSR lobby is pushing back hard against even the feeble raise to $10.10?

        that means it's not happening.

        "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

        by Superpole on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:33:42 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Our energy should be going into $10.10. (0+ / 0-)

          Outside of our bubble, $15 is not only a non-starter, it would be a joke. A wage like that has to start in blue states and cities to prove it's not a job killer.

          New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

          by AlexDrew on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:37:25 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  You start at 10.10 (0+ / 0-)

            and you will get 8 or 9. You start at 15.15 and you may get 12 - 14. Negotiation 101. Job killer? That meme has been trotted out by people arguing against raising the min wage since it was 1st implemented in this country. There was a huge outcry when Henry Ford paid his workers 5 dollars a week. The other wealthy business owners scream and raged but Ford understood that if his workers could not afford the products they were making themselves then his business model would be unsustainable.  

            “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

            by Tool on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:44:42 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Good luck. It's your time and energy. (0+ / 0-)

              New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

              by AlexDrew on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:53:05 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  I'm already involved with the campaigns in (0+ / 0-)

                NYC to raise fast food workers wages to 15$ an hour. Thank you for the support.

                “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

                by Tool on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:55:13 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

          •  Let's see the list of Democratic (1+ / 0-)
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            AlexDrew

            congresspeople who support the hike to $10.10.

            "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

            by Superpole on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:49:43 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  Nobody, Nor Does the RW Believe Abortion (1+ / 0-)
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      mjd in florida

      will be outlawed this year.

      Doesn't mean those aren't motivational GOTV issues.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:29:44 PM PDT

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    •  i'd love to see it happen. with those numbers (0+ / 0-)

      it's a canary in the coal mine metric…

      If you didn't care what happened to me, and I didn't care for you, we would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain, occasionally glancing up through the rain, wondering which of the buggers to blame, and watching for pigs on the wing. R. Waters

      by No Exit on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:32:19 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  This needs to be hammered over and over (4+ / 0-)

    so that by November, the GOP will have voted against it half a dozen times.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:05:04 PM PDT

    •  Yup! and every swing district Dem (0+ / 0-)

      needs to use it as a key issue against their opponent.  I was waiting for Alex Sink to use it and other populist issues to put Jolly on defense but she's had me a disappointed voter twice with her always being the one to play apologetic defense.

  •  Unfortunately, a 3-point (5+ / 0-)

    generic advantage doesn't do a whole heck of a lot to move the numbers we need in Congress. That we only lead by 3 is a sick shame.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:07:48 PM PDT

  •  15 not 10.10. I don't know what happened to 15? (3+ / 0-)
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    onionjim, Tool, Gooserock
    •  10.10 Doesn't Pass to the Left of Any Records (1+ / 0-)
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      Tool

      With around $10.50 being the 1968 [equivalent] record.

      $15 does. It wouldn't be polite.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:32:45 PM PDT

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      •  $15.00 min wage barely passed in Seattle (1+ / 0-)
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        Superpole

        There was a ballot initiative in SeaTac a part of Seattle it barely passed by a hundred or so votes what makes you think it would pass anywhere else? It's way too high the business community can tolerate 10.10 but a 50% hike in min. wage will cause a lot of small businesses to go under.

  •  Ouch (5+ / 0-)
    Those numbers suggest that Democrats really should make it the center of their fall platform—as long as they plan to deliver if they win the election.
  •  Heh, clever diary title (3+ / 0-)
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    Tool, Ed Tracey, Phoenix Rising

    To the rest of the country that doesn't get it, 1010 WINS is one of two local NYC news radio stations (the other being 880 WCBS).

    Also, before my time, but I think that when the Beatles hit the states 1010 WINS was a pop music station that was instrumental in introducing and promoting them to Americans. Didn't Murray the K (one of several "5th" Beatles) DJ on 1010 WINS back then?

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:14:28 PM PDT

  •  Sure, run on increasing min wage, as long as... (1+ / 0-)
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    Superpole

    ...it's clear that requires a national surge of Democratic voters to the polls and is not about "bringing Republicans and Democrats together" to get it done, like Sink did! If any Dem candidate thinks voters will lift a finger to vote for promises to follow the President's lead to work across the aisle get ready for a Republican wave.  GOTV takes enthusiasm to get into this Congress with a vision to fight for voters.  

  •  10.10 = poverty (1+ / 0-)
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    No Exit

    15.15 = having a chance to get out of poverty.

    “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

    by Tool on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:16:07 PM PDT

  •  Am I pleased with President Obama 's performance? (2+ / 0-)
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    mjd in florida, No Exit

    No.
    Do I support the President?
    Yes.

    ". . .as singularly embarrassing a public address as any allegedly sentient primate ever has delivered." - Charles P. Pierce

    by Rikon Snow on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:20:06 PM PDT

    •  I agree. And that position gets dumbfounded looks (3+ / 0-)
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      mjd in florida, Rikon Snow, slakn1

      by some here. I weigh all the pros and cons, and go from there. I will tend to abandon some who have disappointed me, but I cut people a lot of slack, especially if I see they're doing the very best they can with an enormous opposition.

      "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

      by Wildthumb on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:30:28 PM PDT

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    •  His performance can't be great (1+ / 0-)
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      Rikon Snow

      When nothing he promotes can get passed in Congress.  Isn't that a deceptive question?   It reminds me of the polling percentages of people that don't like the ACA and not considering that it includes people that wanted more from it and not less.

  •  i wonder what percentage of that 51% (2+ / 0-)
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    Tool, slakn1

    disapproval comes from the left?

    A recent CBS poll, for example, found that 51 percent of respondents disapproved of the law compared to 43 percent who liked it. But 20 percent of those polled said the ACA did “not go far enough in changing the health care system,” and only 25 percent approved of shutting down the government to block the law.

    If you didn't care what happened to me, and I didn't care for you, we would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain, occasionally glancing up through the rain, wondering which of the buggers to blame, and watching for pigs on the wing. R. Waters

    by No Exit on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 05:27:55 PM PDT

  •  Yay (0+ / 0-)

    The american middle class is saved from dire poverty now

    We can all sleep well tonight

  •  Bloomberg.com poll came out today as well. (2+ / 0-)
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    PorridgeGun, slakn1

    It has the President at 49/49 with the rest undecided.

    Bloomberg.com is not known for its liberal bias.

    Rasmussen has a daily tracking poll like Gallup and its numbers are now at 45/54. It had been 49/50 for quite a while.

    Rasmussen is not known for its liberal bias.

    The story included in the graphic mentions that 69% of the public backs the minimum wage.

    This is a good tactic. It's simple, tangible and it has worked before. We don't even need to get these things on that many ballots. We just need to yell it to the rafters.

  •  Only 56% support a minimum wage increase??? (0+ / 0-)

    Americans are doomed. The public option polled in the high sixties at one point, if memory serves.

    That 56% should put Obama's 43% into perspective. I mean, if only a decent majority support $10.10...

    Or, I may be reading this thing all wrong.

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