The tourist-heavy coastal states are much wealthier than middle America. The surest way to keep giving middle America to the Republicans is to keep saying the minimum wage should be $15 an hour. Raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour from its current $7.25 an hour would be a very large increase.

I’m from middle America, and Democratic advisor James Carville said recently, “We need to learn how to talk to middle America.” I suggest you start there. When you ask for too much, you usually get nothing.


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