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Left-wing Dems pushing $15-an-hour minimum wage bill, but where is Congress’ authority to force businesses to pay it?

By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) Several media outlets are reporting that Left-wing extremist Democrats are threatening their “moderate” counterparts they will scrap a bill raising the federal minimum wage to $15 if they allow Republicans the opportunity to tack on last-minute amendments.

But the real issue isn’t party politics at all, it’s about who should — and should not be — empowered in a constitutional republic.

As reported by The Western Journal:

Far-left Democratic lawmakers issued a warning to their more moderate Democratic counterparts on Wednesday and said they would ax a minimum wage bill if Republicans tried to amend it ahead of the vote.

Reps. Pramila Jayapal from Washington state and Mark Pocan from Wisconsin said that progressive Democrats are ready to vote against the legislation en masse to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour if the Republicans’ procedural motion is adopted beforehand, The Hill reported.

The warning appears to be directed at more moderate Democrats who previously joined with Republicans in a motion to recommit.

Such a motion allows the minority party to alter the legislation at the midnight hour before the final vote is cast.



“We have no doubt that Congressional Republicans will try to divide the Democratic Caucus with a disingenuous Motion to Recommit. It’s up to all of us to stand unified and reject their bad faith effort to undermine this bill,” Pocan and Jayapal said in their statement.

“After consulting with our Members this week, we are confident that any bill that includes a poison pill Republican Motion to Recommit will lack the votes to pass on the House Floor,” they added, noting that the bill requiring American employers to boost worker pay to at least $15 an hour be rammed through as is.

“The Progressive Caucus is eager for a strong floor vote raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. We are deeply grateful to the organizers, activists and working people across the country who fought for years to make this vote a reality,” Pocan and Jayapal said in their statement.

“It would be a disservice to these families — who put their paychecks on the line to fight for dignity in the workplace — to do anything less than what we’ve promised: a clean vote to raise the minimum wage, for all workers across the country.”

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), who sponsored the legislation, urged passage on Thursday because: “Tomorrow, Congress can vote to raise wages for more than 33 million people with the first minimum wage increase in a decade. We can vote to end poverty wages and give families the dignity of a livable paycheck.”

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Politics and political maneuvering aside — such as when Democrats are in the minority they complain that Republicans won’t ‘work’ with them, only to take on the role of authoritarians when they are in charge — the bigger issue here isn’t winning a procedural battle.

Reps. Scott, Jayapal, and Pocan, as well as every other lawmaker who plans to support this horrendous bill, should be made to answer this question: What gives you the right to mandate what a private business owner must pay his/her employees?

Seriously.

I am well aware of the history of labor in America. I know about the struggles of labor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I agreed with the necessity of reforming ‘child labor’ laws, for example. And once upon a time, unions had a legitimate purpose.

But in a self-ruling constitutional republic, where in our founding document does it state that Congress should have the authority to regulate employee pay to private businesses?

If lawmakers want to regulate what government pays its employees, that’s fine. Have at it. That is well within Congress’ purview. And in fact, Congress does regulate government pay.

That said, private employers should be free to regulate what they pay their employees. That’s how a free market economy is supposed to work.

Instead, we have a bunch of a politically motivated economic illiterates who have never made a payroll themselves trying to force business owners into accepting more debt and financial hardship because they believe in a top-down authoritarian approach to economic management.

And why stop at $15 an hour? Why not bump it up to $20? $50? $1,000?

Because these clowns know that there is a limit to what business owners can and will accept, so they are attempting to stay under it while pretending like they are eradicating poverty and bringing ‘fairness and equity’ to the unwashed masses.

What they refuse to acknowledge is that companies themselves can choose on their own to raise ‘minimum’ wages, and many already have. Company managers and CEOs understand better than just about any Democratic lawmaker the dynamics of free-market capitalism, which includes labor supply and demand.

Business leaders know that if they want to attract quality, reliable employees, they can’t do it by paying them pennies on the dollar.

On the other hand, many small business owners also understand that economic realities most often dictate what they can pay their employees. You can’t give a worker what you don’t have in terms of income, and that’s what artificially boosting the minimum wage forces far too many business owners to do.

                 American Liberty: “Established 1776” — from Survival Legion

They wind up having to choose — Do I pay more in wages or do I stay in business?

The bill being offered by the latest group of Left-wing Marxists in Congress is likely to pass the House because Democrats control the chamber, but it will die in the GOP-controlled Senate because Republicans more fully understand the economics of running a business.

But the focus ought not be on the political machinations of minimum wage legislation. It ought to be on what makes these Stalin wannabes believe they should have the power to tell a private business owner what he/she pays his/her workers.

There is also this: Leftist Democrats running states and cities have decided there are federal laws they don’t like so they aren’t going to follow them such as those dealing with illegal immigrants and recreational marijuana use.

If, by chance, Democrats in Washington pass a higher minimum wage mandate in the future, who’s to say red states and cities won’t choose to ignore it?

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