President Joe Biden is quickly establishing a pattern of reneging on his campaign promises, the most recent one being a $15 federal minimum wage requirement.
Biden promised both during his campaign and after being elected to force the measure through by any means necessary, but sources close to the president reported that he admitted to a group of political leaders this week that he doesn’t think the plan will come to fruition.
Leftists like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) view a minimum wage hike as non-negotiable, putting enormous pressure on Biden to follow through on promises to make the change.
However, the GOP has pushed back, citing reports that the mandate will cause massive job losses nationwide, and it appears that Biden may be capitulating to the pressure.
According to Fox Business, Biden’s comments admitting defeat came during “a meeting between Biden and a bipartisan group of mayors and governors in the oval office on Feb. 12. Biden discussed his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, which includes a mandate to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.”
Politico first reported that an unnamed source told them that Biden told the group that it “doesn’t look like we can do it,” despite outward promises to push forward.
“I really want this in there but it just doesn’t look like we can do it because of reconciliation,” Biden told the group. “I’m not going to give up. But right now, we have to prepare for this not making it.”
Pressure from the left
Biden — and his White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki — has publicly indicated on multiple occasions that he’s not planning on “giving up” on the $15 minimum wage while privately expressing defeat.
Biden has been forced to toe the very fine line between appeasing the leftists that elected him to implement their agenda and keeping the Democrat establishment happy.
Despite his optimistic public interface, activists are beginning to see through Biden and realize that they may not be able to use him to achieve their ends the way they thought.
Union activist Terrence Wise voiced his frustrating with Biden’s inability to follow through on promises of an increased minimum wage, telling reporters that “To have it this close on the doorstep, they need to get it done. They need to feel the pressure.”
For leftist activists, paying lip service to the cause isn’t enough, and if Biden fails to push the promised wage increase through, he’s in for a world of hurt from the very same people that championed his campaign.