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Obama on the minimum
wage --- then and now

Washington Examiner, by Byron York

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Posted By:garnet, 1/6/2014 8:33:10 AM

In coming weeks President Obama and Hill Democrats will launch a new campaign to raise the minimum wage. Working with labor unions and activist groups, Democrats hope to increase the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $10.10. "It´s well past the time to raise a minimum wage that in real terms right now is below where it was when Harry Truman was in office," the president declared in his Dec. 4 speech on inequality. Republicans will argue that raising the minimum wage will hurt the economy, as employers, especially small businesses, hire fewer low-wage workers.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 1/6/2014 8:42:37 AM     (No. 9681354)

How about raising the number of jobs to the same levels as when you slithered into office barry?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: liberty316, 1/6/2014 8:54:38 AM     (No. 9681366)

Looking forward to the higher prices companies will have to charge for their goods and services because of this. Of course, that will ultimately negate the benefit to the employees and hurt the rest of us as well. Obama´s dream continues unabated....

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pearson365, 1/6/2014 9:03:09 AM     (No. 9681376)

Byron should know by now that what Obama said yesterday, last week or last month does not matter today, so using his 2006 or his January 5th statements to contrast today´s statement is futile. Obama´s only beliefs are Obama.

As to raising the minimum wage, the GOP should counter this with data that shows the unemployment rate for Americans ages 16-17 is 34%. And, that the unemployment rate for teenage Hispanic Americans is 48%, and the rate for teenage Black Americans is 60%. Why does Obama want to make these numbers worse?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 1/6/2014 9:03:31 AM     (No. 9681377)

Since the "establishment" republicans will fight this conservatives should either sit this out or join the fight for a "living wage". That gives the conservative primary challenger a leg up in 2014 plus has the bonus of driving the Chamber of Commerce crazy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JimS, 1/6/2014 12:05:41 PM     (No. 9681637)

Wait...I just saw that Obama says that he is going to be focusing on jobs as his next priority (Like we haven´t heard that 8-10 times already; "focused like a laser")
Raising the minimum wage is a HUGE JOB KILLER

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Reply 6 - Posted by: wsdiego, 1/6/2014 12:46:09 PM     (No. 9681684)

Raising the minimum wage causes higher taxes!!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: riabks, 1/6/2014 1:13:07 PM     (No. 9681711)

It´s not the just the minimum wage itself that´s the issue, it´s the additional employer costs that will cause jobs to be lost. As a small bookstore owner, my costs increase about 18% - 20% (of the hourly wage) with additional taxes and unemployment that I pay, in addition to the hourly wage. If they seriously raise the wage from $7.65 to $10.10, I will likely close the doors, or trim the hours so I can cover them all myself and lose my 2 part time workers. Disheartening.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StuartL, 1/6/2014 2:32:38 PM     (No. 9681826)

Most union dues are paid as a percentage of the rank and file´s wages. A 40% bump in the minimum wage means a corresponding hike in what the unions extort from their members and funnel into DemSocComm politicians´ pockets.

Raise the minwage? Hell, abolish it! (I can dream, no?)

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