In what must be considered a text book “fair and balanced” article in the D/A, the primary theme is just how much alike Cheri Bustos and Bobby Schilling really are. This isn’t exactly breaking news since I could see it from 1200 miles away, but this might be a useful guide for the LIV in the QC portion of the 17th CD.
There wasn’t much new ground broken here and since the policy positions of both are well known to my readers, I’ll just mention one item that I thought was interesting. After mentioning that last election Bustos beat Schilling by a considerable margin:
“But this year’s election is likely to be more competitive because it’s a mid-term, which usually produces a smaller turnout that’s more favorable to Republicans.”
This makes it sound like the 17th will see-saw from GOP to Dem forever depending on if it is a mid-term or presidential election.
Is this really true?
Which brings in the discussion about raising the minimum wage nationally to $10.10 per hour.
Cheri delivers the already trite Dem talking point about how nobody who works hard should live in poverty.
Schilling says if the rate is raised that high, he will have to close his pizza shop? Is this really true? I thought most of his employees shared his DNA.
The D/A quotes the CBO on how many jobs will be lost vs. how many will be lifted from poverty but frankly, in this case I think it is bogus. The consequences of raising the minimum wage are well documented and well known so I don’t buy what CBO is selling.
But so what? This isn’t about any of that, this push for a massive increase of the minimum wage is all about the quote above—Dems attempting to get their base out to vote so the Dems won’t lose more ground in Congress and Obama won’t be subject to unrestricted oversight by an all-GOP congress.