An ultimatum has been issued. Either Montana legislators do as the Koch Brothers’ minions demand or they will be punished. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports AFP staffer David Herbst threatened legislators while testifying on a proposed minimum wage increase. Herbst told legislators that if they chose to disagree with the Koch Brothers party line then revenge would be exacted and that right quick. This attempt to frighten legislators was immediately rebuked and called out for what it was, a blatant attempt to bully democratically elected officials working on the people’s business.
It is 2017 in Donald Trump’s America and what more could we expect than flagrant threats on citizen legislators from the billionaires who have stolen our government? This outrageous behavior is nothing new from AFP. They threatened Republican legislators at the last legislative session for even considering voting for Medicaid expansion. They spent thousands on radio, mail, and events to attack responsible lawmakers who were listening to their constituents. Many call it the turning point in the 2015 legislature when citizens stood up to these bullies intent on silencing them.
After these meetings and the public outcry against AFP a reasonable agenda was passed with a working majority of Democrats and Republicans working alongside the Governor. These guys never learn, Montanans will not be told what to do by out-of-state billionaires.
You’ll remember Americans for Prosperity as the group that chooses to employ the Chinese rather than Americans.
AFP also has chosen to employ rapists:
And don’t forget the #MillionsofMontanans gaffe:
Back to the issue at hand, the minimum wage. Currently, it is $8.15 an hour in Montana and the proposed bill would have raised it to $10.10 an hour. In no state in America can someone afford a two bedroom apartment while earning minimum wage.
This forces people to work second and third jobs to be able to pay rent, feed their children and possibly even make a car payment. Raising the minimum wage is long overdue. As productivity has increased over the last 40 years wages have not increased and these stagnating wages has led to less income security for Americans.
Ayn Rand would argue differently, but reasonable economists agree, if you increase wages you will see increased spending and economic growth. Regressive tax policies have caused massive income inequality in America while the Koch Brothers and Donald Trump have benefitted to the tune of billions personally and trillions overall extracted from the American economy.
It is past time to fight for a living wage for all Americans.