American conservatives love to say that raising the minimum wage is a "job killer." They like to cite figures from the Congressional Budget Office that suggest the country would lose 500,000 jobs if the minimum wage was raised. For a while there, their boogieman worked.
As minimum wage ballot initiatives and legislative action sweep the country -- as the people take back their power and use it to make sure hardworking friends and family can afford their basic needs -- it will become increasingly clear that action on raising the national minimum wage cannot wait.
If the top 1 percent of New Yorkers dig a little bit deeper into their pockets, 50,000 more four-year-olds would receive full day Pre-K education and 120,000 middle school students would have access to after-school programs.
Americans don't like debt, including bills owed by their government. It weighs on them, even when it's to create jobs and speed recovery. That's why there was a deficit Super Committee. But for the majority of millionaires, incurring debt does not evoke anxiety.