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Democrats Raising Minimum Wage in Pandemic is ‘Bad Policy at a Bad Time’

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As Democrats are wasting no time pushing their liberal agendas with President Biden at the helm, some issues can do even more damage due to timing. For instance, the House is pushing to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and while it has long been an issue, it may be even more irresponsible than usual to fight for it during a pandemic.

“This is a very poor time to start a series of minimum-wage hikes” reports National Review of the Democrats’ attempt to “raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, with the phase-in starting just three months after their bill is enacted.” Not only is it “bad policy at a bad time,” but passing it through the “budget reconciliation” process in order to avoid a filibuster would violate Senate rules. “they should drop this and focus their COVID-relief bill on actual COVID relief,” writes National Review.

While the minimum wage is “a simple policy with very complicated effects,” one thing that is clear, is “that a government-mandated wage hike isn’t just free money for workers. More than doubling the minimum wage when the economy is barely pulling out of a year-long slump amounts to gambling with the livelihoods of millions of American workers, consumers, and business owners.”

This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected the Democrats’ plan would cost the U.S. 1.4 million jobs in 2025, meaning nearly 1 percent of total employment would lose their jobs, while those fortunate enough to remain employed would be paid more.

“At a minimum, any increase should not start phasing in until the pandemic is under control and the economy is closer to a full recovery” states National Review. Also, because there are not 60 votes “in the Senate for such a dramatic policy change at such an awful time” Democrats would pass their bill through the “reconciliation” process which is filibuster-proof and only requires 50 votes.

Democrats would be violating a process that “is reserved for matters that directly, and not merely incidentally, affect the federal budget” which Republicans stuck to even “when it made their Obamacare-repeal efforts incredibly difficult” reports National Review.

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  1. RUSSELL A LISSUZZO

    February 11, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    SINCE I WAS YOUNG (13-LIED ABOUT MY AGE)…GOT MY FIRST JOB AS A DISHWASHER In A “BUFFET-STYLE” RESTAURANT, I was under the belief that a “minimum-wage” job was a chance to learn how to be responsible and work to become more marketable. Then as I became older I learned and gained more skills to be worth more to employers. Now, with the weapon used by dems to create envy and greed accompanied by “victimhood”, self-worth and hard work have become a joke.

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Biden Says He Doesn’t Think COVID Is ‘Here To Stay’

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On Friday, President Biden said he doesn’t think that COVID-19 is here to stay, but added that he does think the virus will remain around the world.

“No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“COVID as we’re dealing with it now is not here to stay, the normal doesn’t have to be. We have so many more tools we developed and we continue to develop that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID,” he added.

Biden’s comments come shortly after six of his former health advisers, who helped him with the COVID-19 pandemic during his presidential transition, published three opinion articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging Biden to change his strategy in responding to COVID-19 to one accepting that the virus was here to stay and learning how to live with it.

“They say the first thing the administration needs to do is take a broader vision, by recognizing that Covid-19 is here to stay. In one article, Dr. Emanuel and two co-authors — Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University — pointedly note that in July, Mr. Biden proclaimed that ‘we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus,’ which in retrospect was clearly not the case,” The New York Times reported.

Biden’s comments suggest he has not yet listened to the advice of these experts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened to reaching over 1 million new daily cases.

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Former COVID Advisory Board tells Biden corona now ‘one of several circulating respiratory virus’ like flu

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Doctors who once advised President Biden on how to handle the coronavirus are now telling him to change his strategy via a series of published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The six doctors, Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine Gounder, David Michaels, Rick Bright and Luciana Borio were members of the advisory board that worked with Biden during his transition period before taking office.

“As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay” and therefore Biden’s national strategy must be “updated.”

“The goal for the ‘new normal’ with COVID-19 does not include eradication or elimination, eg, the ‘zero COVID’ strategy. Neither COVID-19 vaccination nor infection appears to confer lifelong immunity,” they wrote.

“Current vaccines do not offer sterilizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Infectious diseases cannot be eradicated when there is limited long-term immunity following infection or vaccination or nonhuman reservoirs of infection.”

The “new normal,” they explained, should be “recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more.”

The doctors also pointed out there are many treatments with varying levels of effectiveness such as remdesevir and dexamethasone, monoclonal antibody treatment, and oral treatments like Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.

“Finally,” Fox News reports, they said it is imperative “to rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health.”

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