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GOP Congressman: Minimum Wage Is For ‘Unskilled’ Minorities Who Are Only ‘Worth $7 An Hour’

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A Republican U.S. Congressman thinks minimum wage is only for minorities and teenagers.

Appearing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal Thursday morning, Congressman Tom McClintock was asked abut the minimum wage.

Told that Mitt Romney, who says he wants to run for president again, wants to raise the minimum wage, Rep. McClintock responded negatively. You should only raise the minimum wage, he said, “if you want to rip the first rung in the ladder of opportunity for teenagers, for minorities, for people who are trying to get into the job market for their first job.”

It’s unclear why the Congressman from California thinks “minorities” should be earning less than their white peers, but that was his statement. Does that include “minorities” with an MBA? What about “minorities” like his colleagues, say, Reps. Cory Booker, Yvette Clarke, Emanuel Cleaver, James Clyburn, John Conyers, Elijah Cummings, Keith Ellison or Sheila Jackson Lee?

If companies are forced to pay workers at least $10.10 an hour – what many want the minimum wage to be raised to – these people will be, he says “permanently unemployable.”

“If your labor is an unskilled person just entering the workforce is worth say $7 an hour at a job and the minimum wage is $10, you have just been made permanently unemployable,” McClintock said. “That first rung of the economic ladder has been ripped out and you can’t get on it. That is a tragedy,” he insisted.

“The minimum wage is that first job when you have no skills, no experience, no working history,” he said. “That’s how you get into the job market, that’s how you develop that experience, develop that work record, get your first raise, then your next raise, then your promotion.”

Of course, for untold millions, there is no first raise, then next raise, then promotion. There’s just minimum wage, for the life of your job.

And in the real world, minimum wage workers are not just the people Rep. McClintock thinks they are.

Today, 3.3 million people work for minimum wage (or less). Only one in four (24%) are teenagers – 19 years old or less. Three out of four are aged 20 years or older.

As to Rep. McClintock’s claim that the minimum wage is for “minorities,” more than three out of four (77%) minimum wage workers are white. Almost half are white women.

Rep. McClintock also is under the very false impression that the minimum wage is “not supposed to support a family.”

“The minimum wage doesn’t support a family. We all know that. It’s not supposed to support a family.”

Except, it is “supposed to support a family.”

In 1968, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, a “full-time minimum wage worker could support a family of three.” Today, in many parts of the nation, it’s not enough to support one person.

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Hat tip: Raw Story

 

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At the White House Today: Likely Top Trump SCOTUS Choice – a Right Wing Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Choice Religious Extremist

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President Donald Trump’s current top choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited the White House on Monday.

Reporters including CNN Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta say Judge Amy Coney Barrett visited the White House today.

Multiple reports say Coney Barrett is the leading contender.

Earlier today White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told CBS “This Morning” Trump would be announcing his decision “before Wednesday.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell also made a similar suggestion. Trump later told Fox News he would wait until Friday or Saturday, and told reporters Saturday. Justice Ginsburg will lie in state at the Supreme Court Wednesday and Thursday.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, and a right wing religious extremist.

In 2006 Barrett told Notre Dame graduates, “your legal career is but a means to an end, and . . . that end is building the kingdom of God.”

Coney Barrett has said she believes “life begins at conception.”

She opposes one of the greatest tenets of the Supreme Court: stare decisis, the legal doctrine that obliges courts to consider Supreme Court rulings as settled law.

Critical issues such as the right of women to obtain an abortion, the right of same-sex couples to marry, as well as the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) are seen as being overturned with her on the court.

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‘Shaping Policies’: Trump Official in Charge of Personnel at HHS Has Been a College Senior – Report

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The Trump administration put a college senior in charge of personnel at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Catherine Granito. She appears to have graduated this spring.

A Politico report Monday afternoon, “Trump administration shakes up HHS personnel office after tumultuous hires,” revealed the stunning placement – including that she has been “playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”

HHS has an annual budget of $1.286 trillion. As of 2015 it had 79,540 employees.

“White House Liaison Emily Newman and her deputy Catherine Granito will be shifting full-time to the Voice of America’s parent organization, the United States Agency for Global Media, HHS chief of staff Brian Harrison told senior staff on Monday,” the Politico article states.

It adds that “Granito — an undergraduate at the University of Michigan as recently as this spring — had been in charge of the health department’s personnel while playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”

Granito’s LinkedIn page says she attended the University of Michigan until May as a student athlete playing lacrosse and notes she majored in English language and literature. A Google search shows that page listed her as an “advisor” at HHS.

Her Facebook page says she “Works at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

The recent Michael Caputo scandal appears to have involved Granito.

“Granito, who was in the class of 2020 at the University of Michigan, was involved in political appointees’ recent scrutiny of CDC Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, a career civil servant. Caputo and his team raised concerns about Schuchat this spring after she publicly acknowledged missed opportunities in the nation’s response to the coronavirus.”

 

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‘Streets Will Run Red With Blood’: Trump-Loving Senator Mocked for Ad Bragging She’s ‘More Conservative Than Attila the Hun’

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A Republican U.S. Senator is being mocked and disparaged for her new TV ad which touts her “100% Trump voting record” and positions her as “more conservative than Attila the Hun.”

Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, who was appointed in January, is running to keep her seat. Her main opponent is Republican Congressman Doug Collins.

The ad says she’s “the most conservative Senator in America.”

The ad “jokes” about murdering journalists and political opponents.

Loeffler is no stranger to controversy.

The Dept. of Justice closed its investigation into Loeffler’s coronavirus stock trading scandal in May. She is the owner of the Atlanta Dream professional basketball team and has been criticized for opposing the Black Lives Matter movement.

Now her new ad is drawing criticism, too.

 

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