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Biden Signals Retreat From Nonsensical Minimum Wage Hike in COVID-19 Relief Bill

"I don't think it is going to survive," Biden said on Sunday, though he promised to push for a higher minimum wage as a stand-alone bill in the future.

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President Joe Biden is signaling that Democrats may have to punt on raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, at least for now.

As part of a traditional Super Bowl Sunday sit-down with the network that hosts the big game, Biden told CBS' Norah O'Donnell that he doesn't expect a proposal to hike the minimum wage will be included in the final version of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill currently being negotiated in Congress.

"I don't think it's going to survive," Biden said, adding that it is unlikely to pass "because of the rules of the United States Senate."

Biden is right that the most immediate obstacle to the minimum wage increase is the Senate's procedural rules that allow a simple majority to pass a bill only if that bill directly impacts federal spending or revenue—a process known as "reconciliation." Anything else must get at least 60 votes to pass, but Republicans seem unlikely to put up any votes for the Biden COVID-19 bill in its current form.

Whether or not the minimum wage hike can be passed via reconciliation is up to Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, an unelected and nonpartisan interpreter of the Senate's sometimes arcane rules. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) told CNN on Sunday that he has "a room full of lawyers working as hard as we can to make the case to the parliamentarian that, in fact, raising the minimum wage will have significant budget implications and, in fact, should be consistent with reconciliation rules."

As I wrote last week, the argument that Sanders and other progressives are making would, if approved by the parliamentarian, effectively allow any legislation to pass via the reconciliation process.

Even if Democrats could convince MacDonough to include the minimum wage hike in the stimulus bill, they face another problem. Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W. Va) says he will not support the $15 per hour national minimum wage—which would be a disaster for parts of the country with low cost of living, like his home state. Democrats control 50 seats in the Senate, so Manchin's opposition is enough to sink the minimum wage hike even if it were allowed to pass with a simple majority under reconciliation.

Vote counting aside, Manchin's point should be taken more seriously by members of his own party. Mandating that businesses increase labor costs at a time when many are struggling to survive hardly makes sense—indeed, the inclusion of a minimum wage hike in a bill that ostensibly aims to give "relief" from the pandemic is darkly ironic. Since most high-cost-of-living states have already implemented minimum wage hikes that go well above the federal floor of $7.25 per hour, any federal increase will fall hardest on places where businesses are least able to afford to pay it.

Biden's comments to O'Donnell seem to acknowledge the political reality that Democrats are now facing: They can pass a COVID-19 relief bill including another round of direct payments to American households, or they can sink that politically popular and symbolically important effort by demanding a minimum wage hike too.

Unfortunately, Biden is still resisting economic reality. He told O'Donnell that he will continue to push for hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, even if that measure can't be included in the relief bill.

"I am prepared, as president of the United States on a separate negotiation on minimum wage, to work my way up from what it is now," Biden said. "If you're making less than $15 an hour, you're living below the poverty wage."

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  1. My God….did anyone see that interview, and then the short take just before the game, where POTUS Biden was lamenting the 440K dead (the number was 460K dead). We have a POTUS who ain’t all there; shades of Edith Wilson. It is completely undeniable; POTUS Biden has lost his fastball.

    China and Iran will move. Depend on it. They see POTUS Biden, correctly, as an enfeebled old man.

    1. China and Iran? Get with the times. Our real enemy is Russia. And Biden will make Putin regret his attack on our 2016 election.

      #LibertariansForGettingToughWithRussia

      1. I’m a little disappointed that Biden has claimed the Yemeni Houthis are not terrorists when their own flag states “Death to Israel” and “A curse upon the Jews”. Maybe Trump was better for the Jewish people …

        1. I’m not sure what “Houthis” are. But I know that Drumpf supporters use anti-Semitic slurs like “Open Borders for Israel” which means Biden is obviously better for The Jewish State.

          #LibertariansForIsrael
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        A country with the GDP just over Spain is not an existential threat to our security.

    2. Former Biden voter here. I am disappointed with my choice and wish I voted for Bernie Sanders now. As a sous chef at Wendy’s, I deserve to be paid at least $25 / hour for my talents.

      1. I’m sure the government will create a schedule of required wages for all the various jobs, carefully crafted by wise and omniscient experts.

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    3. China’s already on the move. Taiwan will be gone before Biden is.

      1. Listen here Jack. There is only one China and one Chinese people. All them Asians sort of look alike so I remember they by saying, “Chinese. Japanese. Dirty knees, look at these (points towards breasts)”.

      2. We’re going to war soon, Unicorn. Unless Biden elects to abandon Taiwan. I would not put it past that worthless POS to do just that.

        1. That’s exactly what he’s going to do.

          Did he say anything when China gobbled up Hong Kong?

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      1. The election is over you can drop the Joe Biden dementia crap.

        Let me circle back to you on that one.

        1. Good one!

      2. “The election is over you can drop the Joe Biden dementia crap.”

        You misspelled “facts”, tda-addled shit.

      3. Yea, Trump is too ratic… unlike uncle joe

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      5. LOL. Not even a parody. Just stupidity. Totally proving that moderation in Wisconsin is far lefty loon.

        1. My aunt is a communist, but considers herself moderate because she favors authoritarianism. Which she confuses with conservatism.

            1. Of my aunt’s delusions of being moderate?

      6. He has zero understanding of economics…is feeble and weak. and never was very smart.

        1. I’m assuming this covers both M4e and droolin’ Joe.

    6. He’s not running anything anyway – he has handlers doing all the heavy lifting. And Kamala is waiting in the wings.

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  2. “President Joe Biden is signaling that Democrats may have to punt on raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, at least for now.”

    Oh look, Biden is talking like he totally wants to help the poor. But if you examine his actions, he’s governing as if he knows he was elected to serve Wall Street, billionaires, and multinational corporations. IOW he’s the ideal representative of the modern Democratic Party — and he absolutely deserves all those Reason.com staff votes.

    #LibertariansForBiden

    1. A $15/hour wage is just like Communism.
      Always over the horizon

      1. If Democrats resort to promising things they’ll never deliver in order to get some poor voters in their coalition, I’m OK with that.

        #Politics101

      2. Unlike fusion power, true artificial intelligence, and practical electric cars, the $15 minimum wage will come to pass. Not that it will matter once the inflation from spending all this borrowed money kicks in.

        1. Yet you supported these people. Oh well, no more mean tweets, right?

  3. Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W. Va) says he will not support the $15 per hour national minimum wage—which would be a disaster for parts of the country with low cost of living, like his home state.

    So they finally get power again and they’re going to be sunk by a party member held hostage by his Podunk constituents and their petty need for continued employment.

    1. In rural parts of California the state’s minimum wage has already caused unemployment, mostly among teenagers. The proposed $15/hour minimum is not enough to live well in SF or LA, but is high enough to permanently remove the lowest rungs on the ladder.

      1. The funny thing is that when minimum wage was created, its proponents used removing the lowest rungs on the ladder as the selling point. Specifically they wanted to keep blacks migrating north from taking jobs away from good, white, union folk. They were honest about the economics of it.

        The economics haven’t changed, and the effect is the same. But now it’s being sold as a way to give poor people a raise, when the result is to create a permanently unemployed underclass. Which is probably the goal, being that that underclass will live off of government handouts and consistently vote for Democrats.

        1. In SF and LA $30/hr will get you in line at the homeless shelter

      2. It will also make the automating away of low skilled jobs that much more economically feasible.

        About 10 years ago I worked in a CVS while I was going to school – there were people there who were not even worth $10 an hour – nice people but dumber than a box of rocks. For $10 you can sort of afford to keep them around, but if they raised it to $15, you would have to jettison their dumb asses.

        Nobody on the $15 minimum wage platform addresses the fact that there are people who are simply too intellectually challenged to warrant that much money for their services, because they bring minimal to zero value to their jobs.

        This is why I eschew the “self-checkout” aisles; for one, why am I doing their work when they are not paying me, but for two, and more importantly, once they automate those low-skilled people out of those jobs, WTF are they going to do to earn any money? I realize it equates to spitting into the ocean, and the trend is unstoppable, but I can only do what I can to skew the stats.

        1. They did a study in Seattle, which started the entire 15$ an hour craze, that showed that the people that were actually working for the minimum wage lost more in reduced hours than they gained in higher wages when they raised the minimum. They used the actual wage data for individual workers to do the study, so the results of the study were not skewed by any methodological weaknesses.

          The real minimum wage will always be zero, if the labor can’t produce 15$ of value, it won’t be done.

          1. ^THIS. It’s entire UN-Constitutional and Anti-Productive and a Tyrannical Authoritarian push by Democratic National Socialists. (i.e. Nazis)

            who truly carry the criminalistic thoughts that the Power to Steal = Wealth.

      3. $15/hour in Alabama is the equivalent of $30/hour in San Francisco. You don’t hear many seriously advocating for $30/hour in S.F., though. The goal seems to be more to punish states with lower costs of living (and so lower “living wage”).

        I recall Harris said that any business that can’t afford to pay its employees $15/hour should not be in business. This also implies that any worker who can’t find anyone willing to pay them $15/hour should remain unemployed.

  4. Minimum wage workers- so essential we need them to risk their lives during a pandemic but not so essential that we need to pay them a living wage.

    15 might be too much but the current is far too little. Bump it to at least 12 and peg it to inflation, done.

    1. And fuck the jobs it’ll end up costing, right shitlunches?

    2. Can’t we just have open borders and pay Latin American slave laborers to pick our vegetables and cook our burgers?

    3. “We” don’t pay them. Employers pay them, based on their skills and the availability of replacement workers.

      A mandate minimum wage just puts more people out of work and makes stuff cost more (which doesn’t exactly help the poor).

      A national minimum wage is even worse, because local labor market conditions vary tremendously from state to state. California is already over 15 bucks an hour to hire someone. In other states, 10 bucks an hour would be a lot.

    4. Minimum wage workers- so essential we need them to risk their lives during a pandemic but not so essential that we need to pay them a living wage.

      “Trump worked dutifully as an essential worker through the pandemic and only made ~$0.0005/hr. It’s unconscionable that we didn’t pay him more.” – raspberrydinners

      It’s been more than a decade since the minimum wage was raised and the massive labor shortages and a pandemic is actually working against the wage increase. It’s almost like they aren’t that essential and you actually can survive a pandemic while making less than a “living wage”.

      1. Trump was not essential. What is essential about watching TV , playing golf and whining all day?

        1. “Trump was not essential.”

          Neither are TDS-addled shits, but you keep showing up.

        2. Trump was not essential.

          And Biden is? Or is the President essential when it’s the guy you like and non-essential when it’s the guy you don’t?

          What is essential about watching TV , playing golf and whining all day?

          At $0.0005/hr., why do you care? Because, deep down, you really wanted President Trump to come to your rescue?

    5. I’m with you! Let’s make the minimum wage $40/h! (my career in automation has nothing to do with my views on the minimum wage)

    6. “Minimum wage workers- so essential we need them to risk their lives during a pandemic but not so essential that we need to pay them a living wage.”

      Unfortunately, there’s no lack of mount-breathing, imbecilic lefty shits.

      1. So essential they can’t negotiate a pay raise from their employer when the labor pool is shrinking and their employer is more subject to their whims than ever.

        Like arguing a solid gold tail is essential to a sick dog.

    7. There should be no federal minimum wage at all. It makes no sense even if you think minimum wage is great in such a big and diverse contry.

    8. Since a vast majority of Americans live in states with a higher minimum wage than the Federal. And, large employers, Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Bank of America, Chase, Citi, etc. have internal minimum wages much higher than the Federal wage. High school and college students working at entry level jobs are not performing functions worth $15 per hour in most states, especially rural. We are too diverse in economies for a one size fits all.

      As skills are developed, higher pay is justified.

      The US has the 12th highest minimum wage in the world, but if averaging all state minimums, would rank in the top 10.

      I do agree finding a nominal number and tying it to inflation. I will reduce the quadrennial fight at election time.

      1. I do agree finding a nominal number and tying it to inflation.

        Sarc? Poor effort.
        Stupidity? Fuck off and die, slaver.

    9. How much are you donating?

    10. There should not be a nationwide minimum wage because the cost of living index in different states ranges between 84.8 and 192.9, and that doesn’t even account for even greater differences between large metropolitan areas and remote rural counties.

      Besides don’t you know it’s mostly white people who live in remote rural counties? What are they going to do with the money besides buying meth and more guns?

    11. States the tyrannical authoritarian… What makes you think you’re some kind of God that can go around stamping price-tags on people? F-OFF!

      Stamp whatever price you want on yourself; but just F-OFF pretending to be everyone’s god.

  5. Mandating that businesses increase labor costs at a time when many are struggling to survive hardly makes sense

    They’re not mandating that businesses increase labor costs, they’re mandating that the greedy bloodsucking kulaks share a little bit of their Judengeld with the poor. Everybody knows business people all make insanely high levels of wealth thanks to laws that allow them to exploit the working class to their heart’s content, they must be forced to disgorge some of their ill-gotten gains. For the people. It’s criminal, literally criminal, that anyone should make a nickel of profit when there are millions of starving children in this country begging for a crust of bread and we must change this way of doing business. For the common good, we must exterminate the rentier class, but not before holding public trials and making them confess their sins against humanity. Only in this way can we ensure that the class struggle continues to unite us in perpetual warfare against each other. Enemies of the state may come and go, the revolution is eternal.

    1. I know I like to take a dip in the pool filled with $20 gold coins. Refreshing!

    2. …well of course; not a single one of them has the Individual Liberty to start a productive business themselves….. /s It’s hard to PRETEND to be a victim of everything without making sure to demonstrate there wasn’t any choice but to be the victim; ya know like having ‘guns’ pointed at a person.

      EXACTLY what the left is doing. Pointing Gov-Guns at business owners who started a productive business to produce an asset for mankind and telling them that business belongs to [WE] mobs.

      The Power to Steal = Wealth. It’s the foundation of every lefty.

  6. “If you’re making less than $15 an hour, you’re living below the poverty wage.”

    Poverty line (2020) – $12,720 (1 person) / $26,200 (fam of 4)
    $15K / hour is $30K a year, so he’s already wrong.

    1. No he is right. Check your argument because you are supporting his point.

      1. No dumbass, he isn’t.

        7.25 * 2000 hours = 14,500 (above the poverty line for 1 person)
        14,500 > 12,720

        Pay more attention in math class, will ya?

        Before you go whining about the family of 4, do some research on what percentage of the American workforce works FULL TIME for minimum wage.

        1. All this talk of supporting a family of 4 on the minimum wage ignores the fact that 4 people is far from the minimum family

          1. perhaps but why would you attempt to support a family of 4 on minimum wage? Work harder, get smarter, make yourself valuable!

      2. He’s wrong, you’re stupid, and $15K/hour is an obvious typo.

        1. “…you’re stupid,…”

          Please don’t insult stupid people.

          1. Why not? It’s not like they’re going to understand it!

            1. Point & Case; Democratic Politicians.. 🙂

  7. “Biden is right that the most immediate obstacle to the minimum wage increase is the Senate’s procedural rules that allow a simple majority to pass a bill only if that bill directly impacts federal spending or revenue—a process known as “reconciliation.” Anything else must get at least 60 votes to pass, but Republicans seem unlikely to put up any votes for the Biden COVID-19 bill in its current form.”

    Why are we talking about the minimum wage?

    Why aren’t we talking about the bail out of the states and municipalities?

    Last I saw, Biden’s bill had $350 billion to bail out California’s, Illinois’, and New York’s unfunded pension liabilities!

    That state bailout has nothing to do with COVID-19, and everything to do with Biden and the Democrats bailing out the retirement funds of teachers and other state and municipal employees? Why should people outside of California be forced to pay for the pension benefits of California’s state employees–when they don’t have any representation in California’s legislature?

    Yes, let the Democrats own every single vote of that.

    1. I’ve had enough of red state welfare queens taking blue state money. Time to get some reparations of our own for Trump’s SALT deduction cap!

      1. States don’t pay taxes, and what you’re saying doesn’t even speak to that.

        There is no good reason why individual federal taxpayers, outside of California, should be forced to pay for California’s unfunded pensions liabilities.

        1. There is no good reason why individual federal taxpayers, outside of California, should be forced to pay for California’s unfunded pensions liabilities.

          Not to undermine your point too much, but my MIL draws an IL school teacher’s pension and lives in FL. I could see a libertarian/fiscally objective case where she should have to pay. My FIL too seeing as how he likely voted for these policies in lock step.

        2. 100%
          Fuck those free spending non-pension obligation covering motherfuckers.
          Why should I pay for the fucking teachers union retirement fund. My state balances its budget.

      2. Were you really not aware that federal income and corporate taxes are paid at the same rate–regardless of the state?

        1. Dude, Rabbi is one of the best trolls on the site.

          1. That isn’t trolling so much as regurgitating mindless stupidity.

            1. But you repeat yourself.

      3. The SALT cap was leveling the playing field for taxpayers in lower or no tax states. Why should people in high tax states get a deduction for taxes paid to an inefficient state. Federal tax should be on a level playing field. If Californians cannot deduct state tax from their California return, it shouldn’t be a deduction on the Federal.

      4. Never-mind that lefty-rag article is so cherry-picked it was used to make a cherry pie. Most red-state federal money is used to keep “hoarding” (UN-Constitutional) commie-federal land.

    2. Because California taxpayers are topped out. Dude, share the love.

      1. That’s why they’re moving to TX and AZ – then voting for the same stupid shit that made CA so unlivable that they had to live.

        Stupid is as stupid does.

        1. Conquer and Consume.

  8. So if Biden cannot deliver on this, when do the riots start?

    1. 2023-24, so Kamala can blame them on the white guy.

      1. Has Mitt Romney already accepted his role as sacrificial GOP lamb (or it is ‘lame’)?

    2. There’s already an agreement that there will be no riots.

      1. What about mostly peaceful protests?

  9. The US doesn’t need yet another wasteful covid stimulas bill (especially one that includes many left wing policy goals that have nothing to do with covid) because natural herd immunity is now taking place in hundreds of counties and more than a dozen states, and vaccines will speed up the process of herd immunity.

    According to a falsely titled, deceptive and deceitful article by NBC
    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/covid-reinfections-may-be-more-common-realized-why-isn-t-n1256898
    only 5 Americans (and only 50 people worldwide) are known to have been reinfected a second time with covid, which clearly documents that 99.99% of people who were infected with covid remain immune from reinfection.

    Since CDC recently estimated that 4.6 times more Americans have been infected with covid (than have tested positive), and since 27.6 million Americans have tested positive so far, 127 million Americans have been infected so far (i.e. 38% of all Americans).

    And since 26.5 million Americans have been vaccinated for covid so far, about 150 million Americans (i.e. 45% of all Americans) are now immune from covid (as some of those who had already been infected also received a vaccine).

    1. To see which counties have achieved (or are very close to achieving) natural herd immunity, simply look at all of the counties in purple at:
      https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map

      As more Americans receive covid vaccines, counties with a 10% covid case rate will very likely achieve herd immunity (as if 46% are infected, and another 20% are vaccinated, two thirds of the population will be immune, which has been the herd immunity benchmark during the past century).

      1. The CDC’s recent estimate that 4.6 times more Americans have been infected with covid (than have tested positive), indicating that 127 million Americans have already been infected with covid (i.e. 27.6M x 4.6 = 127M) is at
        https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/burden.html#anchor_1607017301754

        Amazingly (or not), Reason still hasn’t published an article citing this CDC document (which was originally published back on January 15).

        While natural herd immunity for covid has been taking place in hundreds of counties and more than a dozen states, Reason remains in deep denial.

        Why?

        1. As of 2/3/2021, 157 counties in the US had surpassed a covid case rate of 13% (i.e. percent of population testing positive). Since the CDC now estimates 4.6 times more Americans have been infected (than have tested positive), counties with a 13% case rate have an average infection rate of 60% (.13 x 4.6 = .598), and are very close to achieving natural herd immunity, which occurs after about two thirds of people have been infected or vaccinated.

          State prisons were the source of covid outbreaks in sparsely populated rural counties that have the highest covid case rates, which is understandable since inmates and staff have close contact with each other, and lots of testing occurs after an outbreak.

          It appears that most counties in the US achieve herd immunity after they attain a 13% or 14% covid case rate, and that threshold for herd immunity will likely decline (to 12%, then 11% and even 10%) as covid vaccines are more widely distributed.

          Crowley, CO – 31.0% (State Prison)
          Chattahoochee, GA – 25.5% (Fort Benning)
          Dewey, SD – 23.5% (Indian Reservation)
          Lincoln, AR – 22.8% (State Prison)
          Lake, TN – 22.3% (State Prison)
          Norton, KS – 21.8% (State Prison)
          Bent, CO – 21.9% (State Prison)
          Bon Homme, SD – 21.5% (State Prison)
          Trousdale, TN – 21.2% (State Prison)
          Buffalo, SD – 20.6% (Indian Reservation)
          Buena Vista, IA – 20.2% (Meat Packing)
          Eddy, ND – 19.5%
          Alfalfa, OK – 19.2% (State Prison)
          Ellsworth, KS – 18.9% (State Prison)
          Forest, PA – 18.4% (State Prison)
          Jackson, AR – 18.4% (State Prison)
          Bethel, AK – 18.3%
          Dakota, NE – 18.2% (Meat Packing)
          Childress, TX – 18.0% (State Prison)
          Lee, AR – 17.8% (State Prison)
          Lafayette, FL – 17.6% (State Prison)
          Lassen, CA – 17.6% (State Prisons)
          Hale, TX – 17.4% (State Prison)
          Nobles, MN – 17.2% (Meat Packing)
          Seward, KS – 17.1% (Meat Packing)
          Lincoln, CO – 17.0% (State Prison)
          Foster, ND – 17.0%
          Big Horn, MT – 17.0%
          Logan, CO – 16.9% (State Prison)
          Menominee, WI – 16.9% (Indian Reservation)
          Pawnee, KS – 16.9% (State Prison)
          Sheridan, KS – 16.7%
          Wayne, TN – 16.7%
          Yuma, AZ – 16.6%
          Walsh, ND – 16.3%
          Maverick, TX – 16.3%
          Texas, OK – 16.2% (State Prison)
          Aurora, SD – 16.1%
          Ford, KS – 16.1% (Meat Packing)
          Finney, KS – 16.1% (Meat Packing)
          Lee, KY – 16.1%
          Santa Cruz, AZ – 16.0%
          McKinley, NM – 16.0%
          Potter, SD – 15.7%
          Morton, ND – 15.6%
          Stutsman, ND – 15.5% (State Prison)
          Lyman, SD – 15.4%
          East Carroll, LA – 15.4%
          Nelson, ND – 15.3%
          Lubbock, TX – 15.3%
          Culberson, TX – 15.0%
          Chicot, AR – 15.0%
          Madison, ID – 15.0%
          Cass, IL – 15.0%
          Burleigh, ND – 15.0% (State Prison)
          Val Verde, TX – 14.9%
          Crocket, TX – 14.9%
          Woodward, OK – 14.8%
          Dickey, ND – 14.8%
          Benson, ND – 14.7%
          Sioux, ND – 14.7%
          East Feliciana, LA – 14.7%
          Davison, SD – 14.7%
          Haywood, TN – 14.6%
          Webb, TX – 14.6%
          Whitfield, GA – 14.5%
          Faulk, SD – 14.5%
          Rolette, ND – 14.5%
          Morgan, KY – 14.4%
          Toole, MT – 14.4%
          Yell, AR – 14.3%
          Scurry, TX – 14.3%
          Oglala Lakota, SD – 14.2%
          Imperial, CA – 14.2%
          Gove, KS – 14.2%
          Plymouth, IA – 14.2%
          Clinton, IL – 14.2%
          Lawrence, IL – 14.2%
          Douglas, SD – 14.1%
          Fayette, IL – 14.1%
          Lamb, TX – 14.1%
          Colfax, NE – 14.0%
          Minnehaha, SD – 14.0%
          Nemaha, KS – 14.0%
          Crawford, IA – 14.0%
          Okfuskee, OK – 14.0%
          Kearny, KS – 13.9%
          Republic, KS – 13.9%
          Pickett, TN – 13.9%
          Wilbarger, TX – 13.9%
          Griggs, ND – 13.8%
          Beadle, SD – 13.8%
          Richmond, VA – 13.8% (State Prison)
          Potter, TX – 13.8%
          Hemphill, TX – 13.8%
          Kings, CA – 13.8%
          Sevier, AR – 13.8%
          Stark, ND – 13.7%
          Obion, TN – 13.7%
          Grand Forks, ND – 13.7%
          Teton, WY – 13.7%
          Perry, IL – 13.7%
          Ramsey, ND – 13.7%
          Trego, KS – 13.6%
          Golden Valley, ND – 13.6%
          Henry, IA – 13.6%
          Miami Dade, FL – 13.6%
          Towner, ND – 13.6%
          Utah, UT – 13.6%
          El Paso, TX – 13.6%
          Pershing, NV – 13.6%
          Madison, LA – 13.6%
          Clarke, AL – 13.6%
          Graham, AZ – 13.5%
          Apache, AZ – 13.5% (Indian Reservation)
          Rush, KS – 13.5%
          Roosevelt, MT – 13.5%
          Kusilvak, AK – 13.5%
          Jones, TX – 13.5%
          Hansford, TX – 13.5%
          Dodge, WI – 13.5%
          Hale, AL – 13.4%
          Coddington, SD – 13.4%
          Dubois, IN – 13.4%
          Dyer, TN – 13.4%
          Jones, IA – 13.4%
          Tom Green, TX – 13.4%
          Deaf Smith, TX – 13.3%
          Sanborn, SD – 13.3%
          Thomas, KS – 13.3%
          Moore, TN – 13.3%
          Terry, TX – 13.3%
          Dawson, TX – 13.3%
          Sioux, IA – 13.3%
          Wright, IA – 13.3%
          Cass, IN – 13.3%
          Navajo, AZ – 13.2% (Indian Reservation)
          Charles Mix, SD – 13.2%
          Hot Spring, AR – 13.2%
          Ward, ND – 13.2%
          Kandiyohi, MN – 13.2%
          Starr, TX – 13.2%
          Adair, OK – 13.1%
          Webster, IA – 13.1%
          Jerauld, SD – 13.1%
          Pickaway, OH – 13.1%
          St. Francis, AR – 13.1%
          Brule, SD – 13.0%
          Union, MS – 13.0%
          Putnam, TN – 13.0%
          Saline, NE – 13.0%
          Calhoun, IA – 13.0%
          Woodbury, IA – 13.0%
          Coke, TX – 13.0%
          Cottle, TX – 13.0%
          Zavala, TX – 13.0%
          Crockett, TN – 13.0%As of 2/3/2021, 157 counties in the US had surpassed a covid case rate of 13% (i.e. percent of population testing positive). Since the CDC now estimates 4.6 times more Americans have been infected (than have tested positive), counties with a 13% case rate have an average infection rate of 60% (.13 x 4.6 = .598), and are very close to achieving natural herd immunity, which occurs after about two thirds of people have been infected or vaccinated.

          I discovered that state prisons were the source of covid outbreaks in sparsely populated rural counties that have the highest covid case rates (but I only researched about 40 counties).

          But it appears that most counties in the US will achieve herd immunity after they attain a 13% or 14% covid case rate, and that number will decline as covid vaccines are more widely distributed.

          Crowley, CO – 31.0% (State Prison)
          Chattahoochee, GA – 25.5% (Fort Benning)
          Dewey, SD – 23.5% (Indian Reservation)
          Lincoln, AR – 22.8% (State Prison)
          Lake, TN – 22.3% (State Prison)
          Norton, KS – 21.8% (State Prison)
          Bent, CO – 21.9% (State Prison)
          Bon Homme, SD – 21.5% (State Prison)
          Trousdale, TN – 21.2% (State Prison)
          Buffalo, SD – 20.6% (Indian Reservation)
          Buena Vista, IA – 20.2% (Meat Packing)
          Eddy, ND – 19.5%
          Alfalfa, OK – 19.2% (State Prison)
          Ellsworth, KS – 18.9% (State Prison)
          Forest, PA – 18.4% (State Prison)
          Jackson, AR – 18.4% (State Prison)
          Bethel, AK – 18.3%
          Dakota, NE – 18.2% (Meat Packing)
          Childress, TX – 18.0% (State Prison)
          Lee, AR – 17.8% (State Prison)
          Lafayette, FL – 17.6% (State Prison)
          Lassen, CA – 17.6% (State Prisons)
          Hale, TX – 17.4% (State Prison)
          Nobles, MN – 17.2% (Meat Packing)
          Seward, KS – 17.1% (Meat Packing)
          Lincoln, CO – 17.0% (State Prison)
          Foster, ND – 17.0%
          Big Horn, MT – 17.0%
          Logan, CO – 16.9% (State Prison)
          Menominee, WI – 16.9% (Indian Reservation)
          Pawnee, KS – 16.9% (State Prison)
          Sheridan, KS – 16.7%
          Wayne, TN – 16.7%
          Yuma, AZ – 16.6%
          Walsh, ND – 16.3%
          Maverick, TX – 16.3%
          Texas, OK – 16.2% (State Prison)
          Aurora, SD – 16.1%
          Ford, KS – 16.1% (Meat Packing)
          Finney, KS – 16.1% (Meat Packing)
          Lee, KY – 16.1%
          Santa Cruz, AZ – 16.0%
          McKinley, NM – 16.0%
          Potter, SD – 15.7%
          Morton, ND – 15.6%
          Stutsman, ND – 15.5% (State Prison)
          Lyman, SD – 15.4%
          East Carroll, LA – 15.4%
          Nelson, ND – 15.3%
          Lubbock, TX – 15.3%
          Culberson, TX – 15.0%
          Chicot, AR – 15.0%
          Madison, ID – 15.0%
          Cass, IL – 15.0%
          Burleigh, ND – 15.0% (State Prison)
          Val Verde, TX – 14.9%
          Crocket, TX – 14.9%
          Woodward, OK – 14.8%
          Dickey, ND – 14.8%
          Benson, ND – 14.7%
          Sioux, ND – 14.7%
          East Feliciana, LA – 14.7%
          Davison, SD – 14.7%
          Haywood, TN – 14.6%
          Webb, TX – 14.6%
          Whitfield, GA – 14.5%
          Faulk, SD – 14.5%
          Rolette, ND – 14.5%
          Morgan, KY – 14.4%
          Toole, MT – 14.4%
          Yell, AR – 14.3%
          Scurry, TX – 14.3%
          Oglala Lakota, SD – 14.2%
          Imperial, CA – 14.2%
          Gove, KS – 14.2%
          Plymouth, IA – 14.2%
          Clinton, IL – 14.2%
          Lawrence, IL – 14.2%
          Douglas, SD – 14.1%
          Fayette, IL – 14.1%
          Lamb, TX – 14.1%
          Colfax, NE – 14.0%
          Minnehaha, SD – 14.0%
          Nemaha, KS – 14.0%
          Crawford, IA – 14.0%
          Okfuskee, OK – 14.0%
          Kearny, KS – 13.9%
          Republic, KS – 13.9%
          Pickett, TN – 13.9%
          Wilbarger, TX – 13.9%
          Griggs, ND – 13.8%
          Beadle, SD – 13.8%
          Richmond, VA – 13.8% (State Prison)
          Potter, TX – 13.8%
          Hemphill, TX – 13.8%
          Kings, CA – 13.8%
          Sevier, AR – 13.8%
          Stark, ND – 13.7%
          Obion, TN – 13.7%
          Grand Forks, ND – 13.7%
          Teton, WY – 13.7%
          Perry, IL – 13.7%
          Ramsey, ND – 13.7%
          Trego, KS – 13.6%
          Golden Valley, ND – 13.6%
          Henry, IA – 13.6%
          Miami Dade, FL – 13.6%
          Towner, ND – 13.6%
          Utah, UT – 13.6%
          El Paso, TX – 13.6%
          Pershing, NV – 13.6%
          Madison, LA – 13.6%
          Clarke, AL – 13.6%
          Graham, AZ – 13.5%
          Apache, AZ – 13.5% (Indian Reservation)
          Rush, KS – 13.5%
          Roosevelt, MT – 13.5%
          Kusilvak, AK – 13.5%
          Jones, TX – 13.5%
          Hansford, TX – 13.5%
          Dodge, WI – 13.5%
          Hale, AL – 13.4%
          Coddington, SD – 13.4%
          Dubois, IN – 13.4%
          Dyer, TN – 13.4%
          Jones, IA – 13.4%
          Tom Green, TX – 13.4%
          Deaf Smith, TX – 13.3%
          Sanborn, SD – 13.3%
          Thomas, KS – 13.3%
          Moore, TN – 13.3%
          Terry, TX – 13.3%
          Dawson, TX – 13.3%
          Sioux, IA – 13.3%
          Wright, IA – 13.3%
          Cass, IN – 13.3%
          Navajo, AZ – 13.2% (Indian Reservation)
          Charles Mix, SD – 13.2%
          Hot Spring, AR – 13.2%
          Ward, ND – 13.2%
          Kandiyohi, MN – 13.2%
          Starr, TX – 13.2%
          Adair, OK – 13.1%
          Webster, IA – 13.1%
          Jerauld, SD – 13.1%
          Pickaway, OH – 13.1%
          St. Francis, AR – 13.1%
          Brule, SD – 13.0%
          Union, MS – 13.0%
          Putnam, TN – 13.0%
          Saline, NE – 13.0%
          Calhoun, IA – 13.0%
          Woodbury, IA – 13.0%
          Coke, TX – 13.0%
          Cottle, TX – 13.0%
          Zavala, TX – 13.0%
          Crockett, TN – 13.0%

          1. Oops, it took awhile for the county data to appear above, so I clicked it a second time.

            1. The ongoing winter super freeze in the northern Rockies, Great Plains and midwest states will serve as a test to see if natural herd immunity is now occurring in those same states.

              Since very few people in those states will be outside much during the next week or two, they’ll almost certainly have more interactions indoors with more people (than during the past several weeks when it was warmer outside).

              If covid case rates in those states continue plummeting (and don’t increase) during the next several weeks, we will know that herd immunity has occurred.

              Sooner or later, Reason and other left wing propagandists will acknowledge the reality of herd immunity, but of course they’ll give all of the undeserved credit to Big Pharma, Big Medicine and Joe Biden.

    2. Such a ridiculously low reinfection rate indicates to me that we have not seen reinfections per se, but rather the effect of a false positive COVID test.

  10. One would think that ‘Shit For Brains Boehm’ would actually present some useful context. Stuff like….what percentage of the American force is paid the minimum wage? Answer: less than 5%. Who comprises the minimum wage workforce? Answer: part-time workers overwhelmingly represent minimum wage earners. How many jobs will be directly lost to a $15 wage? Answer: Well over a million. How many people will actually get a raise? Answer: well under a million.

    This issue is a complete red herring. A total waste. What the fuck kind of libertarians write for this rag?

    1. You monster! Why can’t a high school student support a family of four in the richest nation in the world? Bernie tweeted that McDonald’s chefs in Denmark make the equivalent of $22/hour. #FightFor$22

      1. Maybe a high school student shouldn’t have a family of four?

    2. A cynic might think that the actual issue is the number of union contracts that use a multiplier of the minimum wage as part of the calculation for entry union jobs, and go up from there.

      1. Pretty sure it’s spelled “realist”.

    1. Your call is important to us, but we have closed for COVID.
      Please call again after 6 years with zero cases, and 100% world-wide vaccination rates.
      Have a nice day, and remember to wear a mask during all calls.

  11. The problem with government is the belief that one solution will work across the entire country. The cost of living and realities are different across the country and within a state. The one solution approach will always be inefficient and less than optimal for people regardless of their political persuasion.

    The solution is to non-violently wrest power back from the federal level to the state level and from the state level to the local level. The closer to the people then more efficient and optimized solutions will be for the citizens of the country.

    Additionally different ideas can be tried and tested. Actual result instead of ivory tower concepts that fail in the real world. It may not produce perfect results, but we can vote with our feet and live under the amount of government we feel comfortable with.

  12. #fightforamillion
    No one should be allowed to be less than a millionaire. A million dollars an hour is the only viable minimum wage!

  13. “I don’t think it is going to survive,” Biden said on Sunday…

    Should have said “It’s a really stupid idea”.

    1. Or, “I’m only doing what my handlers and donors tell me…after all, I did tell Wall St. explicitly during my campaign that ‘nothing will materially change’ – it’s the only campaign promise I know I can keep.”

      This country is a bus driving off the cliff, and people in both parties sit and argue about what color the seats should be and who gets to hold the steering wheel as it goes over the edge.

  14. This is the difference between the electoral campaign and the reality on the ground

  15. At the time of the elections, one form, after receiving the chair, is completely different
    https://rokn-alabrar.com/

  16. Campaign promises are one thing. Even though the promiser might be elected to office, The Congress remains the enacter of legislation in this country.

  17. Personal observation……China Joe thinks that he and his party are going to make a lot of friends dismantling what President Trump had used as a agenda to kick the Barry Sotero economy strangulation plan and the lousy negotiating ability his admin possessed and the butt kissing of the worlds largest theft organization, the un…..America is built to move forward not backwards, China Joe is a puppet and the finger of control is stuck up his backside thus Joe do what Joe is told to do and his bank account will always be full or overflowing until he kicks the bucket…..Knowing this I surmise the life of this Socialize Me admin of the past has a very dubious chance of surviving the 1st term…..

  18. I hope that while dying of syphilis, that POS Manchin is eaten by coyotes.

    1. Spoken like a standard-issue cookie-cutter liberal. Full of hate and calls for death and violence and nothing else. Most civilized people simply mount a counterargument. Clearly you aren’t smart enough to do so.

  19. Biden is right that the most immediate obstacle to the minimum wage increase is the Senate’s procedural rules that allow a simple majority to pass a bill only if that bill directly impacts federal spending or revenue—a process known as “reconciliation.”

    I find it hard to believe they couldn’t come up with some rationale to pass it via “reconciliation”. It’s more likely, someone took Biden aside and explained to him why increasing the MW to $15/hour was such a stupid idea. Every state has the ability to set their minimum wage. A Federal minimum wage is just a political stunt.

    1. “…It’s more likely, someone took Biden aside and explained to him why increasing the MW to $15/hour was such a stupid idea…”

      I envy your optimism.

  20. Wife (retired) is involved in philanthropic efforts, and we both are, truth be told.
    Big-box store gets approval (why such is needed is ignored) to open an outlet in a low-rent district; did you expect them to build it in Pacific Heights?
    Anyhow, the ‘remediation’ requires X% of the workers be ‘local’ (within the Supe’s district; vote-buying). Wife has contact with the store manager for other matters, so manager asks wife for assistance. Wife finds local ‘pastor’/’preacher’/’whatever’ who claims ‘community involvement’, and promises to round up 20 youths (not even HS grads, and in SF, that’s a LOW bar!), and get them to the agreed-upon interviews.
    I might be wrong in absolute numbers, but the number “3” sticks in mind as the number who showed up for the interviews. I remember clearly the number of those who showed up for work on time after the interviews: ZERO.
    And they weren’t even asked not to steal stuff.

    1. I’m shocked. SHOCKED!

  21. And there are far more stories regarding how kids forced out of ‘commercial’ jobs as a result of M/W learn that government-funded NGOs are the way into (government) jobs.
    Pretty sure it was Sowell who pointed out that post-colonial African elites were those who had worked for the colonial governments; those entities had fostered no local commercial activity at all.
    Wanna do well? Work for the government.

  22. Dear Dictator — STOP stamping price-tags ON MY forehead. I’m a person d*mnit!!! I can decide ALL BY MYSELF what wage I’m willing to do a job for. F-OFF!

  23. Federal minimum wage
    Federal mask mandates, even after population vaccinated
    Left wing tyranny starts small.
    I confidently predict Biden/Harris continue all current wars.
    No Mideast peace deals

    1. There is very little attention paid to US military misadventures abroad for good reason. Defense contractors and their subs are a very powerful force in US politics. Both political parties are deep in the pockets of the Pentagon enterprise. Same is true with healthcare. The status quo reigns supreme because of all the political money the industry generates. Wealthy special interests are the real constituents. We the people are little more than an annoyance that occurs each election cycle. We are pawns to be manipulated and sacrificed.

  24. I’ve never thought much of Biden. Just one more slimy pol. However, I do feel a bit sorry for him. It’s pretty obvious he’s got some cognitive impairment issues. The reality is he’s probably not making any of the decisions he announces. That’s being handled by staff and party leadership. Given the nature of his ailment, he could easily not make it through the next four years. He’s not so sick that he doesn’t understand his situation. It’s definitely a little sad.

    1. His ego is greater than his regard for his country. I’ve always viewed him as an empty suit, and now he’s much more so. Apparently, Hillary Clinton’s designated liar, Donna Rice, is calling the shots at the White House but I’m certain she’s following orders from above, and I don’t mean the Oval Office.

      1. Susan Rice. Ugh.

  25. As damaging as a minimum wage law is, the notion of a national minimum wage is even more ridiculous. $15 an hour in my impoverished state is a pretty good wage, in New York or San Francisco it’s not enough to afford a tent. Localities are free to pass minimum wage laws and many have. The results are mixed at best, but local legislators are MUCH more accountable for the economic carnage they inflict.

  26. Minimum wage is designed for minimum skills. Want higher wages? Learn better skills.

    1. The minimum wage has been stuck at an absurdly low level for too long. Going to $15 an hour in one jump is certainly not a good idea…but we have to stop condemning people to poverty just because they haven’t had the opportunities that others have had to get the education and job skills that some of us are lucky enough to have. It’s hard to “learn new skills” when you are already working full-time plus as well as caring for a family–and you have no money left to go to school. A graduated increase in the minimum wage is long overdue!

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