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For pushing a bill that would raise the minimum wage from seven dollars and 25 cents to ten bucks an hour.
They say it's gonna help stimulate the economy critics say it will actually cost jobs the democratic strategist -- -- And behind any and that she joins us right now is this -- time I right now to be talking about raising the minimum wage.
I think it absolutely is because I think working Americans who need support and ten dollars an hour.
Is far from a living wage but I do think it's important that all Americans can participate in the recovery.
And part of the way working Americans -- participated being able to have the ability to spend.
A little more were not talking about a whole lot of money.
He doesn't even bring it up to parity with what the wages were in 1968 you know when I look at my grandfather who lives in lake Hiawatha New Jersey.
And he kind telephone poles from ma bell for forty years that he was able to raise three kids think they have a small little house and they're both retired in and now in.
That's really what working -- the area are.
And I go ahead but you're right against edit the start of the so here we live in this world -- the pass was wonderful and -- for a lot of folks and it seemed like.
Those -- the golden times we'd love to go back there but there are a lot of businesses would come back to you would say.
Ten dollars an hour I can barely get by -- went -- -- involves now.
What do you say to them.
I say that we have to find a way right -- had I have to find -- that I Levine and I help them -- so that we how do you find -- -- went on.
I think that once we are what once we are asked to do this we will find a way to do -- On the ten dollars an hour is -- it's not an outrageous.
I'm not a money and I think the bottom 99 so that's at a small business.
-- -- might say that there are a lot of jobs ago -- well above these rates and and and now that might depend on the locality in the time I'm not.
I'm not saying there there's some factor there but I I am saying.
That -- in the -- sympathy for those who are working minimum wage you give more money.
You're getting the folks are -- who might not be necessarily McDonald's or Burger King or Wal-Mart or lazy he's our host of absolutely I mean a majority of job creators are small businesses I agree so you're telling them -- -- -- workers more you can afford it and I talked to them all the time really and they said you know Fox News alert again.
What what what I'm saying is that we have to figure out a way to pay go to pay workers more and we have to find a way to -- to find out -- life Brazil -- and we can get when apple everything and anything they want I'm not saying that that's not a noble goal.
What I'm telling you is of the reality we have we have a soft economy.
We have it's also off that for a -- at least even Bill Clinton -- said he would put off.
Raising any taxes on any want.
So when Bill Clinton acknowledges the environment in which we work and live insights -- now might not be a good idea to raise taxes.
Maybe by extension I can say now might not be a good idea to force employers and any sort.
To raise wages on any one.
I think I think -- that while we can say that this just isn't gonna work and that we you know that we here.
Being -- controlled by our reality -- I just don't think it works that way I think you look around I don't argue look at our point 2% unemployment you'll.
You look around a youth unemployment north it's when he present you look at minority unemployment.
North it's when he by now I don't think you and I don't raise Giuliani are you -- raising the minimum wage.
Is gonna bring those rates down do you honestly seriously think that Neil -- what what I'm saying -- I don't think that those wages have to -- To less employing.
Bet that that's what I'm saying what what I'm saying -- that we can say that that is got it what's going to happen.
-- but at the end of the day.
Well we really want to figure out is how do small businesses support their workers' pay a living wage and they themselves get a living -- Columbia -- -- -- -- -- all right you need improving economy then that rising -- yeah I -- how he's right the bottom and I congress that I have got a bit until then now he's not been -- -- -- -- -- how is not the time to -- -- business -- Look we know your back is up against the wall.
But you should pay more for the workers you have.
Neil I don't think that there is ever going to be a good time right I mean that we -- you know and I you don't say at least.
That if I wanted to retain that might be -- -- -- also say.
Is that I -- beaten middle class and a healthy working class is healthy for America and let's try to make it happen what is it about today Maria thank you very very much I miss -- he all I wish I could say this thing.
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