- Thursday, March 21, 2013
- Kevin Nance and Kevin Harriman
In President Obama’s recent State of the Union address, he announced his intention to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour by 2015. “Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.” However, this mild increase will barely scratch the surface of poverty in America. This “reform” must be understood as just another half-measure that has come to be expected of the Democratic Party. Now Obama is “for” increasing the minimum wage, but many of those making the minimum wage will still have to live in poverty. This is another page out of Obama’s playbook: it sounds nice enough but it fails to address the problem in any meaningful way.