Not cool, guys. Not cool. Pairing minimum wage hikes with estate tax cuts just so the Senate Democrats will quash it at the next stop on the legislative train, presumably for political gain—“Look at the Democrats! If they really cared about the working poor, they’d give you a minimum wage increase! But they don’t!”—is just … crass.
Now, I know that most menial jobs start above the minimum wage these days because of the demand for labor. I get that, and I get all the economic arguments to not raise the minimum wage. Heck, it’s important to remember that the last time the minimum wage was increased, Clinton was President, and it stayed where it was for the rest of his second term. The economy certainly zoomed on to good jobs and low unemployment without the raises staying in effect.
In short: I don’t buy the “living wage” arguments, but even the biggest haters of the minimum wage can look at what’s been done here and curl their upper lip in disgust.