(PP)- Thursday the White House came under pressure from liberal Democrat extremists from both the House and Senate to increase a minimum wage hike request from $9.00 to as high as $10.10.
Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa argued that President Obama “missed the mark” in only proposing to raise the minimum wage to $9 in his State of the Union address, and Harkin also claimed there should be a maximum wage imposed as well.
“Well, we’re going to introduce our own bill on it,” Harkin told The Palookaville Post on Tuesday. “I’m going to be in discussions with them because I think they missed the mark, but people make mistakes.”
Harkin, a former failed presidential candidate who will retire at the end of this Congress, is working with Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) on legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over three years and then index future increases to inflation.
The $10.10 wage would also represent the maximum wage any American could earn.
“Republicans always propose laws based on moral grounds, and a maximum wage seems to be the most moral law Congress could pass,” said one Harkin intern. “What reason could there possibly be to make one man’s work more valuable than another? This maximum wage plan gets to the heart of what America is all about… fairness.”
Supporting Harkin and Miller’s proposal are House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats that back the single wage plan include Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Rep. Charles Rangel (N.Y.).
Experts are saying that the Republican-controlled House is unlikely to pick up the measure, meaning action will depend on the Senate’s big government Democrat majority.
“We should be focused on policies that create jobs, not ones that make it harder for folks to enter the workforce, so a minimum wage bill will not likely proceed in the House,” one senior GOP aide said. “And when they start talking about a maximum wage as being some kind of moral standard, the Democrats have it all upside down.”
“Every man should reap what he sows and not be limited or elevated by the powers of government… socialism leads people to not care about their work, and to feel limited by a ceiling that confines their lives until society as a whole grows stagnant and dies. What is moral about that?”
The Palookaville Post has learned that some less liberal Democrats could also have reservations about raising the minimum wage and imposing a maximum wage as well, given opposition from the business community.
“We are just moving way too fast on this deal because businesses will grow angry in it’s opposition and start to think we are trying to take them over,” said an anonymous Democrat hoping to be reelected. “Rules for Radicals tells us to go slowly and move in small increments toward change, but Harkin wants to make his big mark on a socialist America before he retires.”