It’s fitting that Mike Pence is today campaigning at a non-union, Pipersville, PA, manufacturer, because Pence and Donald Trump have a decidedly anti-working families agenda.
For starters, there’s Trump’s baffling hypocrisy on outsourcing. The self-styled “opponent” of outsourcing has not only profited off outsourcing companies that he’s criticized, but also outsourced the production of his own Trump-branded products and imported foreign workers at prolific levels.
And then there’s the Trump-Pence tax plan, which would add $10 trillion in debt and disproportionately boot top income-earners. Donald Trump’s tax proposal would also, among other things, deliver “extremely large and unprecedented tax-cut windfalls for people with incomes exceeding $1 million a year, almost certainly at the expense of low- and middle-income households.”
Here’s where else the Trump-Pence ticket stands:
- Trump: Trump has said “wages [are] too high” and, even worse, has called for an end to the federal minimum wage.
- Pence: When he was in Congress, then-Rep. Pence in 2007 fought to keep the federal minimum wage at $5.15, arguing, “[a]n excessive increase in the minimum wage will hurt the working poor.” In line with his view that working families didn’t deserve a pay raise, as governor of Indiana, Pence in 2013 signed a law “prohibit[ing] local governments from requiring businesses [to] pay a higher minimum wage…if it’s not mandated by state or federal law.”
Pro-Right to Work for Less
- Trump: Trump has touted “Right to work for less” statutes, saying in February, “I love the right to work” and “I like [right to work] better.”
- Pence: Pence fought to defend Indiana’s anti-working families “Right to work for less” law, and succeeded when it was upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court. At the time celebrated the decision “a victory for the freedom of every Hoosier in the workplace.”
- Trump: “Once you get it where everybody gets the same, I mean, you’re into a socialistic society.”
- Pence: During his time in Congress, Pence opposed equal pay legislation and on three occasions — in 2007 and twice in 2009 — voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Published: Aug 23, 2016