[W]e must spread the message so that voters understand how the Republican Congress held an increase in the minimum wage hostage to protect their majorities and avoid alienating their base. Americans deserve a straight up or down vote on the minimum wage. Republicans have proven that we won't get one as long as they're in charge.
You're All Idiots
So, the easy trick is to attach it to the same bill carrying the first minimum wage increase in a decade. Anyone voting against the estate tax cut can be accused of voting against increasing the minimum wage in campaign ads. Pretty smooth, huh?
Of course, it doesn't matter that the House has let a minimum wage increase die in committee every year for the past 10, does it? That's effectively like not voting for it, but people wouldn't understand that. Too complicated. It's not like voting on American Idol.
Let's give our wealthy campaign contributors a really BIG tax break and — oh, by the way — throw a few pennies to the poor idiots who have to work for a living. Wait, doesn't that increase the federal deficit? Ah hell, who cares?