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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 Admin Announces First COVID Shots For Kids Under 5 Likely By June 21

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On Thursday, the Biden administration announced that children under 5 will be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses as soon as June 21, if regulators authorize the shots for this age group as expected.

According to the Associated Press, White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha “said the Food and Drug Administration’s outside panel of advisers will meet on June 14-15 to evaluate the Pfizer and Moderna shots for younger kids. Shipments to doctors’ offices and pediatric care facilities would begin soon after FDA authorization, with the first shots possible the following week.”

Jha added that states can begin placing orders for the pediatric vaccines on Friday and the administration will initially have 10 million doses available.

“Our expectation is that within weeks every parent who wants their child to get vaccinated will be able to get an appointment,” Jha said. “At the end of the day we all want to move fast, but we’ve got to get it right.”

The news comes the week after Pfizer announced that three doses of their vaccine offers strong protection against COVID-19 in children under 5.  However, according to former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a third dose is unnecessary because the vaccines do not prevent infection.

“I think the decision matrix has changed around the vaccine for [ages] 6 months to 4 years old and so far as we know that the vaccine isn’t as protective at preventing infection,” Gottlieb said. “Previously, we had data showing that the childhood vaccine for 6 months to 4 years wasn’t as protective against infection as the adult vaccine.”

“That’s the reason why they pushed it out and asked for that third dose. But now, if the goal of the vaccine is to get baseline immunity in the kids to prevent really bad outcomes, and you’re really not using the vaccine as a tool to prevent infection in the first place, two doses could do that,” he added.

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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