Minimum wage is a meaningless issue. Less than 1% of workers make it, and those who do are mainly young entry level workers. It cost the Democrats nothing to talking about it, and gains votes with bleeding heart liberals who think that everyone but them must be earning while trying to feed children and puppies.
Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers: 2011
"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith
Obama would have been more honest had he proposed a maximum wage. I imagine that would be about - yep - $9.00 per hour. When the minimum and the maximum are the same, why we've achieved equality of outcome. Of course, the fact that I eat bon bons for $9/hr may bother those who shovel BS for $9/hr...
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure" - 2006 Senator Obama...leadership failure indeed!
A corporate giveaway to political contributors is still a corporate giveaway to political contributors, even if you do it in the tax code.
Lower the rate, eliminate some of the giveaways and complexities and allow American business to thrive.
That is what Obama has asked Congress to pass.
That is not what Bush and the GOP pushed through.