I have been pleased with Senator Corker's leadership in calling for a more robust response to Russian aggression in the Ukraine and I have often been pleased with Senator Corker's leadership on other important issues, but yesterday I was extremely disappointed when Corker joined Democrats in voting to advance a bill to increase the minimum wage (link).
|Sen. Bob Corker|
There are fewer check-out people at the grocery store now and there are more self service check-out machines than there used to be and full service gas stations have disappeared and there are no longer boys who push your grocery cart to your car and put the groceries in the trunk for you. More of those check-out grocery store clerk jobs could disappear and there are a lot of other jobs that could also disappear if the job must pay more than what it is worth. It is not complicated. It is simple economics. It is the simplest supply and demand curve. I don't expect Democrats to be persuaded by reason and to be rational but I expect it of Republicans. Belief in a market economy is one thing that should separate Republicans from Democrats.
|Sen. Lamar Alexander|
The vote to advance the bill was 54 to 42. It would have taken 60 votes to advance the bill. After the vote, Corker said that he would have voted against the bill if the issue would have came to a vote, but he voted to advance the bill because the thought it ought to be debated. That is lame. If it would have come to a vote, the Democrats had the votes to pass it in the Senate. Thankfully, the House will not pass the bill.