Michael Arcuri is serious about standing up for American workers. That's why Arcuri has pledged to not accept any pay raise as a member of the United States House of Representatives until the federal minimum wage is increased. Here's the ad from the DCCC that highlights this pledge:
It would be easy to take the cynical approach to this pledge and say, "That's an easy promise for Mike Arcuri to make. After all, everyone knows that the Democrats are going to take back Congress this year, and one of the first things they'll do is raise the minimum wage!"
Well, isn't that the point? Arcuri knows that, if he is voted in to help the Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives, the American people will finally get their pay raise, after 10 years of being denied by the Republicans. Fair is fair.
Will Ray Meier make the same pledge? You know he won't, and the reason is simple: Ray Meier is with Tom DeLay's political party. Meier is one of the new kinds of Republicans, the Republicans who, like Newt Gingrich, would rather shut down the federal government and cast America adrift in dangerous times than betray their corporate taskmasters.