We spoke too soon when we reported earlier this year on a brief moment of sanity on behalf of the DNC platform committee, when they narrowly voted down adding a $15 minimum wage in their party platform. It was nice to see that even a $15 minimum wage was too crazy for a committee that had voted in favor of criminalizing climate change denial, taxpayer-funded abortion, expanding our (soon to be) bankrupt Social Security system, and amnesty for all.
Like the Democrats in Congress who’d like to get gun control passed by endlessly holding votes on it until they get their way, the platform committee gave a $15 minimum wage another vote. Politico reports:
Sen. Bernie Sanders has claimed victory in the fight for $15.
The Democrats’ platform committee late Friday approved an amendment that formalizes the party’s commitment to a $15 minimum wage, with indexing for inflation.
The language of the position reads: “We should raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over time and index it, give all Americans the ability to join a union regardless of where they work, and create new ways for workers to have power in the economy so every worker can earn at least $15 an hour.”Sanders throughout his campaign pushed for an increase in the minimum wage, and has vowed to have an impact on the national party’s platform. A statement from campaign spokesman Michael Briggs released Saturday said: “Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a big victory here Friday when the Democratic platform committee approved an amendment committing to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and index it to inflation.” The presence of Bernie Sanders in the race has had the unfortunate effect of dragging the Party further to the Left – even though he hasn’t even been a Democrat until this election. If passed on a national level, this could put a small dent in Bernie’s finances, as he only pays his interns $12 an hour.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]