Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Another Chabot Protest in Cincinnati


The Ohio AFL-CIO and Working America led a protest in front of Chabot's Cincinnati office last week. The issue at hand this time is increasing the minimum wage, which Chabot opposes (Cranley supports).

A wage increase to $7.25 will affect 17% of Ohio's workforce, or 928,000 workers.

Chabot's rationale for opposing a minimum wage is "At a time when we are trying to strengthen the economy and create new jobs, we need to carefully consider anything which might impact these efforts." Instead of considering to support legislation in Congress to raise the minimum wage, Chabot and his ignorant conservative collegues give the same old explanation: raising the minimum wage will force small businesses to pay low-wage workers more than they can afford; thus forcing employers to pay higher wages will run them into the ground and lay off workers.

There is no quantitative proof that such a scenario will happen on a national scale or even in Ohio, assuming the wage increase is only a couple bucks. It really depends what the state of the economy is, what the minimum wage is at, and the cost of living.

It is now 2006. $5.15/hour x 40 hours a week x 52 weeks in a year = $10,712 annual salary. How many more years is this old, flawed argument going to continue? Meanwhile, the real value of the minimum wage is greatly declining.

At a time when Chabot and his fellow GOPers give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, they seem to all ignore honest efforts to raise the minimum wage. $10K annual salary is ridiculous in this day and age. I'm glad the AFL-CIO and Working America are reminding Chabot that not all Cincinnatians are super rich like him.

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