From Huffington Post:
Starkly different views on poverty and inequality rose to the fore again on Wednesday as Democrats in the Senate were unable to muster the supermajority of 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster of a proposal to raise the incomes of the working poor by lifting the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Left unsaid: The need for 60 votes is a requirement put there by the Democrats, who then complain about it.
PS: The following four senators all voted “yes” on this proposal: Jon Tester, D-MT; John Walsh, D-MT, Michael Bennet, D-CO, and Mark Udall, D-CO.
I am not familiar with Udall other than knowing some of his family history, which is favorable. But the other three votes are “cloaked” – it is important to understand this if you want to understand American politics. The Democrats created a false barrier, the filibuster, that allows them to cast false votes that have no impact. Tester, Walsh and Bennet are Republicans who ran as Democrats on the theory that the best way to control the opposition is to lead the opposition.
If there were a real vote on raising the minimum wage, and if their votes mattered, I assure you, these three poseurs would vote “No!” (Yes, they would put an exclamation point by their vote.)