Remember how it felt waiting for your favorite rock band hit the stage? Remember how the crowd erupted in screams, cheers and a standing ovation before they even hit the first note? Well, that’s exactly the uproar that took place when President Obama and the Gubernatorial All-Stars hit the stage to promote raising the standard minimum wage to $10.10.
On stage with three other governors, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Peter Shumlin of Vermont and Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was introduced to a big round of applause. In great spirits Malloy said "I absolutely believe that if you work 40 hours a week, you shouldn't be living in poverty in Connecticut or any other state.” He introduced the President by saying, “There is a time to lead and a time to follow. I will follow this President on the great policies he will put forward, New England needs to lead on this issue."
President Obama presented his case to a very receptive audience of 3,000 on the campus of Central Connecticut State University.
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Obama said. "It is a central task for all of us to build an economy that works for everybody, not just for some. We also believe is that nobody who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. That violates a basic sense of who we are.”
Writers Note: I asked a random young lady in the crowd (17 years old, not ID’d by name as she is a minor) what an increase in minimum wage would mean to her.
She said it would mean she could pay all of her rent on time. Rent? A 17 year old child? Yes, rent! Her parents are deceased, at one point while taking care of her brothers she/they had been homeless! She said it would mean she could “afford to buy meat” as she had not been eating any lately since she was short on funds. It would also allow her to pay for transportation to and from high school.
Hers is but one story out of many of people who work every day and are struggling. There are millions of hard working Americans who like her just need/want an “opportunity”. "And that's why it's time to give America a raise." says President Obama.