Admittedly, I’m in the slow leftist group because I’m not talking about jobs guarantees or universal basic income, but this would help a lot of people. It’s so obvious even milqueotoast Ed Rendell gets it (boldface mine):
Some moderate Democratic leaders urged the president-elect to head off any internal conflict by embracing policies both sides can agree on and reaching out to the left.
“The first thing I would do if I were Joe Biden is I’d propose a $15-an-hour minimum wage,” said Edward G. Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “That’s something that both sides [of the Democratic Party] agree on. That would be the first action on behalf of President Biden to show there are significant parts of the progressive agenda that need to be acted on.”
I would start talking about this now–47% of Georgians make below $15/hour (there’s a Senate election happening now). It might help them win. Biden also could announce that he will raise, via executive order, the minimum wage for federal employees and contractors–and subcontractors too–to $15/hour, and no separate tipped minimum wage either.
It wouldn’t solve all the problems, but it would make a difference–and people have to like this crap.