Mary Fallin, Asshole of the Day for April 15, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Raising the minimum wage has gotten a lot of traction lately. It hasn’t been raised in years, and in a slow economy, many of the people making minimum wage are people who are supporting themselves or family.
Many in the GOP have been opposing an increase to the minimum wage, for various reasons. Though the main one, even if unstated, is that it doesn’t help them and only helps people at the bottom, who they could give two shits about. Often you’ll see some pundit or politician say it doesn’t need to be raised, and will tell how they made minimum wage 40 years ago and did OK, but they refuse to acknowledge that the minimum wage they made was higher, sometimes much higher, when you factor in inflation. Proposals to get the minimum wage to $10.10 or $11.00 are basically raising the minimum wage to catch up with inflation. But that’s math, and as Bill Clinton pointed out in his 2012 convention speech, math isn’t the GOP’s thing these days. They prefer ideology to math.
But Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin isn’t content to just oppose an increase at the state or national level. Instead she forbid municipalities to raise it within their borders, as well as outlawing other things:
At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.
Republicans make a lot of hay about states’ rights and local control. They hate big government. But of course here Gov. Fallin is restricting local choices.
And for what? To keep the working poor poor. Remember, this isn’t about giving benefits to people who don’t work— it’s about allowing local municipalities making laws to make work pay. And she won’t let them.
She also blocked the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which would have helped many of the working poor receive health insurance that their employers don’t offer. The Medicaid expansion is almost entirely paid for by the federal government, costing her state almost nothing. But she won’t take it to help her own citizens, even though that money will pass through the poor and fund hospitals and clinics.
So, for being so cruel to the working poor that she won’t let other people help them even when it costs her nothing, Mary Fallin is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Mary Fallin's first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of many to be featured on this site for deriding those who make minimum wage.
Full story: Think Progress