I support $15 minimum wage, along with about 47-48 Democratic Senators. I believe Biden supports it as well. Problem is we don’t currently have the votes and it does not take precedence over dealing with COVID. The house as on fire but we are having intellectual debate on the best hose to use.No you misunderstand. I mean in what way does getting this vaccination program rolled out take up all of Biden's resources and attention. Like he's assigned a coronavirus czar, he probably had some part to do in planning the rollout and negotiating buying vaccines, and then what? Like what does that still require that he has to be focusing all of his resources on? Your argument is that we should not expect more than just this for the time being but I do not understand why you cannot delegate multiple tasks at once here. You've just listed other things Biden can do and is doing right now, why is pushing for a minimum wage increase not also one of those things he can do? I don't understand the functional difference between that and, say, foreign policy re-evaluation.
If the minimum wage increase is not enough to make the difference to give people a livable wage then I don't understand how this isn't being concerned about the actual product being delivered. Like replace "progressives are only concerned with the intellectual debate" with "progressives are only concerned more people in poverty". That doesn't sound like a purity test to me. You're just framing it as sounding more trivial than it actually is. But even if progressives eventually cannot get the minimum wage increase passed, why not fight for better things now rather than immediately handicapping what you might get? Push for the $15, if you can't get it take the $11. I think we both conceptually agree there but you're saying that just pushing for the $15 is already complete suicide and virtue signaling or whatever buzzword and that's just kind of confusing. I still can't figure out where you get that from. Like, you might not get the votes because of Joe Manchin but you might be able to pressure him into voting for it or use the fact that he and other Republicans are voting against a popular measure in the future against them before taking the smaller $11 increase anyway. Hell, voting against the covid bill until you get the minimum wage is not something I've heard of before now but it doesn't sound like the dumbest thing in the world to like, actually fight for less people in poverty (although I admit that does seem like it gets much closer to sacrificing the safe $11 for a shot at the $15). e: to be more clear here it doesn't sound crazy that Dems should have to capitulate to more progressive members instead of Joe Manchin, there's more of them than him. We can try to get a better increase but also deliver the increase, yes? And if not, why?
I'm really just asking two questions here because I do not understand why we have to give up on getting people out of poverty so fast. $11 might be all we get in the end but it's important to remember that it's a huge compromise that doesn't go nearly far enough in helping people. It is not a living wage. I will absolutely take it if it's all we can get but you're taking that assumption as fact and that's where you're losing me.
My point about the states also stands. Most Americans live under jurisdictions with higher minimum wage than the Federal. That’s not the ideal situation, but makes torpedoing an urgent covid rescue package for a Federal increase an insane proposition.
EDIT: Manchin isn’t the only “problem.” Eight Democratic Senators voted no on Sanders’ amendment to $15 minimum wage.