The 2016 Democratic Party Platform’s latest initial draft has been announced, and you can read it and download it here: 2016 DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM DRAFT.
I’ve been talking for a while about the long-lasting impacts that Bernie Sanders has left on the current Democratic Party. Although some of my readers may disagree, it’s important to realize the rebirth of stronghold progressivism. We may be entering a Second Gilded Age; but that will be determined by what ideology wins over the core of the Democratic Party and who wins the White House this November.As reported by multiple sources, including The Washington Post, Bernie Sanders is in fact winning some (limited) impressing victories in his fight for the new Democratic platform. The idea of a $15 minimum wage is actually being implemented in the July 1st platform draft. The Sanders mentality has succeeded in pulling usual centrists towards a more progressive “enlightenment”.
Clinton has changed her own mind about the minimum wage as well. While she has given support to the $15 minimum cause in specific areas of labor, she’s stated in the past that the right minimum level for a nationwide law would be $12 an hour.
Question to Martin O’Malley: The President’s former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Alan Krueger, has said a national increase of $15 could lead to unintended consequences of job loss. You called for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour; why did you stop at $10.10 in your state?
O’MALLEY: $10.10 was all I could get the state to do. But two of our counties actually went to $12.80 and their county executives would also tell you that it works.
CLINTON: I do take what Alan Krueger said seriously. He is the foremost expert in our country on the minimum wage, and what its effects are. That is why I support a $12 national federal minimum wage. But I do believe that is a minimum. And places like Seattle, like Los Angeles, like New York City, they can go higher. It’s what happened in Governor O’Malley’s state.
O’MALLEY: Didn’t just happen. Yeah, but look. It should always be going up.
CLINTON: You would index it to the median wage, of course. Do the $12 and you would index it.
The concept of indexing is actually more economically balanced, but nevertheless the party platform has decided (at least in this draft) to accept the Sanders mentality of $15 an hour.
As Clinton asserted in the April 14th Democratic Debate that she has “continuously supported” the Fight for $15 advocacy campaign, some backlash came from the far-left. As Sanders rebutted with: “I am sure a lot of people are very surprised to learn that you supported raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. When this campaign began, I said we’ve got to end the starvation minimum wage of $7.25 and raise it to 15. Secretary Clinton said “let’s raise it to $12″.”
What did Politifact rate Sanders’ claim? Mostly True.
And yes, while Secretary Clinton has shown support for specific cities and states, her overall national equivalent to a minimum wage has suddenly taken a swap in favor of a more progressive agenda. I get it, it’s weird to get so picky about a difference of $3. But principle remains, and the change in platform is noticed.
From the $15 minimum wage to expanding Social Security to breaking up the, as Theodore Roosevelt would call them, “too-big-to-fail” institutions, we’re seeing the draft take a nod to the new age of politics after all. Even in these slightest forms with limits.
But, that’s not what all of this is all about. I encourage everyone to read the 39 page July 1st draft of the Democrat Party Platform for 2016. Here’s the link again, if you haven’t checked it yet.