Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Two Major State of the Union Highlights

There were some major lowlights too (embracing TPP, Bowles Simpson "helping" Yemen) but there were also two absolutely fantastic policy ideas. I know it's too much to ask, but I would give anything to watch congressional Democrats wield these two ideas as a club and bludgeon house republicans with them. The ideas:

Rasing/Indexing the Minimum wage
Long, long overdue, and considering we just indexed tax breaks for rich people to inflation with the fiscal cliff deal, I'm pretty sure we can do the same with the minimum wage. Would help those who make the least money, and bring help the rest of the economy by giving people who will spend money... money to spend.

Universal Pre K
Parents at the lower end of the income spectrum have to work endless hours for pennies to provide food and shelter for their kids. Let's help them and the kids by giving them a place to learn and grow before the reach elementary school. Amazing idea.

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