While Democrats stumble around trying to defend no-brainers like the money saving advantages of health care for all or a simple hike in the minimum wage, Republicans are courageously bashing a rule change that would give overtime to more hard working Americans…without consequences. There’s a lesson to be learned, but not by the Democrats.
Reporters and the news media must have given up a long time ago trying to make sense out of GOP policy, because no one blinked an eye when Paul Ryan spewed the following nonsensical warning about expanding overtime:
“This regulation hurts the very people it alleges to help. Who is hurt most? Students, non-profit employees, and people starting a new career. By mandating overtime pay at a much higher salary threshold, many small businesses and non-profits will simply be unable to afford skilled workers and be forced to eliminate salaried positions, complete with benefits, altogether.”
How’d those same warnings work out when he and others predicted massive job losses and a tanked U.S. economy under ObamaCare? Yea, I know, who even remembers that.
And while Republicans tear away at the unreasonably high pay and benefits union workers receive, with new right to work laws and no hikes in the minimum wage, they can come across like they're not doing that at all:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a press release, “Just like Obamacare’s 30 hour work week, this regulation will once again incentivize employers to cut worker hours, provide fewer benefits, and hinder flexible work arrangements for hardworking Americans.”
Never happened, but you’d never know that listening to the bubble world news on conservative talk radio.
But how does all this really effect employers, who might have to pay more, and their employees? It could mean hiring more Americans to cut down on overtime (overtime that wasn’t paid for anyway). Here's a labor department video that explains both sides of this potential job creator: