Of course, Boehner and McConnell and their cronies are already crying "foul" that the budget is all election year pandering by the president without a snowball's chance of being passed, since not enough is being offered to reduce the deficit. All smoke and mirrors and accounting tricks is their numbing refrain.
When someone brings up the idea of a raise in the federal minimum wage, you hear a huge outcry from some in the business lobby. Their generic argument is that the increase will lead to job losses among those low-wage workers affected by the higher wage level. Yet, you hear the opposite from groups that represent low-wage workers interests. So the DC lobby that represents low-wage employers say they're against an increase, not because it would raise labor costs and cut into profits, but because it's bad for the workers themselves, who will suffer reduced hours and layoffs. But the workers' groups say, "Bring it on!" So what's best for the middle class in this economy -- who you gonna believe?