But They’re Passing Good Legislation!: The Minimum Wage Edition

One of the Democratic establishment’s arguments against impeachment-related hearings is that House Democrats would be better off passing legislation–which will never get through the Senate or White House–that would let voters know what Democrats stand for and would enact were they to recapture the Senate and presidency. Of course, being Democrats, they’re not doing that very well either (boldface mine):

Top House Democrats are eyeing a major tweak to the caucus’ signature minimum wage proposal, part of a last-minute bid to bolster support among moderates just days before a floor vote.

Democratic leaders are floating a more gradual path to a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour, which would mark a concession to some centrists who had been hesitant to back the bill for fear of aggravating small businesses, according to multiple sources familiar with the ongoing discussions.

Under the proposal, employers would have six years to phase in the wage hike rather than five.

…Democrats also say that moderating the proposal further could ramp up pressure on Senate Republicans and the White House to drop their opposition to a minimum wage increase…

If Republicans win support from about two dozen Democrats, they could force changes to the bill all within a few minutes. That could result in others in the caucus, including progressives, choosing to revolt and vote it down.

Just to be clear, they’re not moderates, they’re conservative Democrats. Also, there’s no way a Mitch McConnell led Senate even brings this bill to the floor.

Taking five years to get to $15/hour means, with two percent annual inflation, that it’s really a $13.58/hour minimum wage. Adding on another year lowers that to $13.31/hour. Politically, that’s another year to wait to claim you have a $15/hour minimum wage. It won’t ameliorate business concerns–they’re going to hate it whether it’s a five or six year implementation–and you weaken the positive effects on workers. In other words, it’s a perfect New Democrat plan!

By the way, this crap isn’t coming from the Squad or their staff. It is, as it always is, the conservative Democrats who are watering down policy and the successful politics stemming from good policy–and placing its very passage at risk.

Same as it ever was.

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Links 7/15/19

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Links for you. Science:

Why Closing Ohio’s Nuke Plants Will End Up Killing More Ohioans
NASA Starts Cutting Spacecraft Heat To Prolong Voyager Mission’s Interstellar Journey
University of California loses access to new journal articles published by Elsevier after research access fight
The Death of a Patient and the Future of Fecal Transplants
Glacial melting in Antarctica may become irreversible

Other:

Nancy Pelosi’s Leadership Now Constitutes a Constant Dereliction of Duty
Progressives seek concessions from Pelosi over massive defense bill
Taylor Swift as Classical Greek helmets
What Does Nancy Pelosi Think She’s Doing?
Philly Fed economists: Here’s how highways ruined your city
How Minneapolis Freed Itself from the Stranglehold of Single-Family Homes
Jeffrey Epstein’s Sick Story Played Out for Years in Plain Sight
Gates of Hell Open Up as County Council Approves Accessory Apartment Bill
Kris Kobach Enters U.S. Senate Race, Misspells Own First Name
It Sure Looks Like Jeffrey Epstein Was a Spy—But Whose?
The Eagle’s Nest
Democrats In Congress Say Voters Won’t Stop Asking Them About Impeachment, As Campaign Officials Argue It’s Too Divisive
‘It Is Erasing Our History’: New Development Blurs Boundaries
What to Do If a Driver Hits You—or Nearly Hits You—While You’re Biking or Walking
It’s time to push the 2020 Democrats to work for D.C. statehood
School boundary questions touch off debates about race, income, equity
Microsoft Closes The Book On Its E-Library, Erasing All User Content
Bernie Sanders: America Is Drowning in Student Debt. Here’s My Plan to End It
Your Boss Might Be Ripping You Off: How To Protect Yourself From Wage Theft
A black principal, four white teens and the ‘senior prank’ that became a hate crime

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Biden-Or-Busters Are Still a Problem

A few months ago, statistically illiterate people jumped on one month of polling to declare that sexist ‘Bernie-or-Busters’ who hate Elizabeth Warren were going to cost Democrats the 2020 election (full disclosure: were I to vote today, I would vote for Warren). That was based on an Emerson poll, which is released monthly. In the poll, they ask voters whom they plan to vote for in the primary, and then also ask them in a race between Trump and [Democratic candidate], whom they would vote for (in one month’s poll, a quarter of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Trump over Warren. BOOGA! BOOGA!).

Well, once again, we see in July’s poll (to the extent the Emerson poll should be believed) that Biden supporters really don’t like Warren: 20/143 Biden voters said they would vote for Trump over Warren. By contrast, Sanders supporters are now the second most loyal to Warren, with 71/74 Sanders supporters saying they would vote for Warren over Trump (69/70 Warren supporters say they would support Warren over Trump). Chapo Trap House notwithstanding, many Sanders supporters are either what used to be called liberal Democrats or what used to be called labor Democrats. Meanwhile, if Biden doesn’t win, moderate Democrats are going to have to do the hard work to reach out to their co-travelers and bring the Biden-or-Busters home.

Everything is stupid.

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Links 7/14/19

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Links for you. Science:

New York Times falls for “obesity probiotic” hype
Agriculture Department suspends data collection for honeybees after Trump budget cuts
Epistasis analysis uncovers hidden antibiotic resistance-associated fitness costs hampering the evolution of MRSA
Science division of White House office left empty as last staffers depart
A Window Into Space At The National Cathedral

Other:

The school segregation issue Democrats should be talking about
Katie Porter Just Raised A Boatload Of Money
Back When American Fascism Was Bad
Our Faves
A Photographic Look Back At Women In D.C. Punk
Amazon HQ2 Is Upending Northern Virginia’s Already Unstable Housing Market
“I cannot believe that my assault/robbery incident was downgraded to a “lost items” and “misplaced items” incident.”
“Your Judge Is Your Destiny”: Agnelis L. Reese has presided over more than 200 hearings during the past five years as an immigration judge. Unique among her peers, she has rejected every single case.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the 2020 Presidential Race and Trump’s Crisis at the Border
Trump’s Fourth of July event and weekend protests bankrupted D.C. security fund, mayor says
The WMATA board was a “clown show” about Jack Evans, but it’s not only Evans
A Way Out from Rock Bottom: Economic Policies Can Reduce Deaths of Despair
The Acids of Trump’s Border Policy
Nearly 4 years after initial presentation, ‘Lady Bird’ project in AU Park still struggling to take flight at former Superfresh site
Democrats Should Attack the Trump Economy
Nancy Pelosi Has Power—She Just Doesn’t Want to Use It
Are people who make $200k middle-class?
Kamala Harris’ sincerity problem
Giving The Game Away
A Fair and Welcoming Immigration System (not one of her better plans; doesn’t do much concrete for asylum seekers–judges have too much power)

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Saying the Quiet Parts Out Loud About Undocumented Workers

There’s an interesting story in the NY Times about the challenges facing some school districts that have experienced a dramatic increase in undocumented immigrants. It’s a small thing, but this ugliness stuck out (boldface mine):

Many Lake Worth residents have welcomed the diversity brought by the city’s now numerous immigrants, but some also worry that they could be dragging down educational standards for other students.

“You have to be experiencing real hardship to carry your toddler through the desert to seek a better life,” said Dan Brown, a mail carrier, who said the new immigrants are “perfectly fine neighbors,” but who also said he was considering moving to a place with less-impacted schools when his 2-year-old son is ready for kindergarten.

Some other residents wondered whether they were subsidizing the newly arriving families.

They’re poor and can’t make it here,” said Jonathan Harris, a real-estate investor who favors stronger controls on immigration. “I am pretty confident that we have enough people already here illegally to do all the jobs that Americans don’t want to get their hands dirty doing,” he said.

But Kim Lingle, a paralegal who has lived for years in Lake Worth, said the new families have been an asset. “The immigrants are loving, caring, hard-working families,” she said. “They contribute to the fabric of our kitschy little campy town.”

“[W]e have enough people already here illegally to do all the jobs that Americans don’t want to get their hands dirty doing.” That is the brutal reality underlying our immigration (non)policies.

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Links 7/13/19

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Links for you. Science:

The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer
Pot-laced poop getting Aspen dogs high
Washington, D.C., flash flood: How and why the area was deluged by a month’s worth of rain in an hour Monday
Bacteriophages benefit from generalized transduction
Not a Human, but a Dancer: What Snowball the parrot’s spontaneous moves teach us about ourselves

Other:

Study finds that air pollution may offset health benefits of walkable cities
They’re Fed Up With America’s Racism. So They’re Moving to Africa.
‘Mad’ Magazine Told the Truth About War, Advertising, and the Media
Eric Swalwell is what happens when SGA kids grow up
Voting Machine Manual Instructed Election Officials to Use Weak Passwords
Amazon Workers Plan Prime Day Strike at Minnesota Warehouse
Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest Forces Us To Ask: Which Dirtbag Lawyers In This Case Will Face Their Own Music?
With 16 Months to go, Negative Partisanship Predicts the 2020 Presidential Election
Family-sized housing remains out of reach for many in D.C., report says
The Slow Death of Hollywood
A hospital introduced a robot to help nurses. They didn’t expect it to be so popular
Martin Wolf v. Trumponomics Whiffs Due to Fealty to Orthodoxy
New report card gives Metrobus service in the District a failing grade
Twitter Needs a Pause Button
The Jeffrey Epstein Case Was Cold, Until a Miami Herald Reporter Got Accusers to Talk
How Jeffrey Epstein Made His Money: Four Wild Theories (mine is here)
America’s Political System Is Rigged Against the Left (and Always Has Been)
Trump labor secretary who cut Epstein deal plans to slash funds for sex trafficking victims
New Polling on Impeachment Shows One Way Forward for Democrats
New Jeffrey Epstein accuser: He raped me when I was 15

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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist links:

He Is Unwell: The Homelessness Edition

The Best People

Tens of Millions of People ‘Can’t Keep Their Doctor’

Some Thoughts on the Epstein Indictment (And Where He Got His Money)

Accountability, Arrogance, and NIMBY

Warren and a New Consultant Model

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