In spite of the obstructionist actions of the Republicans, who cannot agree on anything with the opposing Democrats, the United States is moving towards greater progressiveness.
The president who is a mold breaker in his own right had declared the goal of minimum wage increase in his State of the Union address about a year ago. Already seven states have taken the necessary steps to avoid discontent by workers and employees.
“Nobody who works full time should be raising a family in poverty. If we’re going to do right by our fellow Americans, we need Congress to get on board. You can give America the shaft, or you can give it a raise,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday in favor of minimum-wage increase in Michigan.
Almost three dozen other states have started the ball rolling by arranging an open debate on the topic. And about eight states are to vote on the matter. It looks like America is about to get significantly richer than it used to be, which is a good thing.
"Some states have minimum wages on the books that are below the current federal level of $7.25 an hour, meaning that the federal level automatically applies to them. Other states already require wages to start at $8, $8.25 or higher. The District of Columbia, which already has an $8.25 per hour minimum wage, could have the highest in the nation on July 1, 2016, when it rises to $11.25," according to NYTimes.
Obama’s fight for the poor and underemployed is meant to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 on an hourly basis. And while this is currently more of a rhetorical slogan, when it is put into practical use throughout the US there will be a wave of optimism and the economy will get a fillip of sorts.
The president is very busy currently spreading the word. He is visiting universities across the various states and using mass media for the purpose too. Obama has vowed to end debilitating poverty in the US. He said that a family man (or woman) shouldn’t have to put up with low wages.
“Presidential mobilization created the environment in which there is support for making change on the state level,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. “We’re always looking for ways to break through.”
Furthermore he wants the support of the members of Congress on this issue. Obama has gone on record to state that you can either give a shaft to America or give it a raise and that he is willing to do the latter. This statement by Obama was met with resounding ovation from the crowd. It looks like his words may become deeds after all.