As the uproar over the CBO analysis demonstrates, the issue of whether jobs are gained or lost as a result of a minimum-wage increase depends largely on how we analyze the vast amount of research that has been conducted on the question over the past half-century.
For the second month in a row, President Obama had an all-around positive month in the public polls. His job approval average was up, his job disapproval was down, and he has almost completely recovered from the dip his numbers took after the Obamacare website rollout fiasco.
It's no wonder that Republicans have pinned all of their hopes for the mid-terms on the proposition that the botched Obamacare roll-out would sour the public on the signal accomplishment of President Obama's first term. But once again, the Republicans are on the wrong side of history.
Politicians have been talking about income inequality and upward mobility for the last two months. Unfortunately, their sound bites confuse the issues more than they clarify them.
The decline in America's middle class is a threat to our economy because our economy is consumer driven. If consumers lose purchasing power, our economy suffers.
There is fundamental economic moral issue at stake: A minimum wage for wait-staff jobs is not only the just thing to do to help narrow, however slightly, the growing disparity of wealth in this country.
House Speaker John Boehner says raising the minimum wage is "bad policy" because it will cause job losses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a minimum wage increase would be a job killer. This is all bunk.
Embarrassingly, I had fallen prey to the anti-minimum-wage-hike propaganda. But what I have learned is that the majority of low-wage workers are adults, not teens, many of whom are using that money to support their families.
This is a failure of both politics and policy. Democrats in Congress and in the White House have been unable to propose laws or legislate effectively in a way that will ameliorate income and wealth disparities and the corrosive effect they have on our system.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's tax plan would produce winners and losers -- and among the big losers are many families in which parents are struggling to raise their children on poverty wages.
The struggle is real -- but so are the solutions. I hope you'll join us in solidarity and intersectionality so that women and men from all backgrounds are able to strive with equality of opportunity to reach the American Dream.
If you believe in the power of numbers to tell a true story, and that acting on these equations can help create a better future for all of us, then read on.
So whether this movement is called "populist" or "Progressive" or plain old "liberal," what matters is that it is starting to see success in its efforts to ensure that the well-being of the People becomes our leaders' first and foremost priority again, and not that of the handful of self-indulgent corporatists.
Rather than have substantive discussions on how we can increase wages for millions of hard-working Americans without losing jobs, both sides will cherry pick the data they want to accentuate and dismiss the rest. This sort of tribal nature of politics is partly to blame for the lack of action in Washington these days.
The minimum wage debate is setting up to be one of the most important topics in the 2014 Illinois election. Incumbent governor Pat Quinn has made it well-known he wants to increase Illinois' minimum wage.
Only aggressive action is going to save the American labor movement. When laws are made by the rich and powerful to serve their interests, organized workers need to stop obeying the laws.