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Raise the minimum wage - Itís overdue and makes economic sense
WaPo Opinions ^ | 2-6-2013 | Matt Miller

Posted on 02/07/2013 5:49:42 AM PST by Sir Napsalot

While Eric Cantor feebly tries to rebrand the GOP this week, and President Obama maneuvers to sidestep the sequester he signed into law in 2011, millions of America’s working poor continue to languish. The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. ..... According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States is near the bottom of advanced nations when it comes to the ratio of the minimum wage to the median wage. In Australia, the minimum wage now tops $15, and unemployment is 5.4 percent.

With facts like these – and a payroll tax hike that just took $100 billion a year mostly out of the pockets of ordinary workers – you’d think Obama would be leading the charge to give low-income workers a raise. Yet after pledging in his 2008 campaign to lift the minimum to $9.50 by 2011, he’s barely uttered a peep. .......

It’s no surprise that (Ralph) Nader, 78 years old and still fighting the good fight, worked with a couple of dozen liberal Democrats in Congress last year on a bill to lift the minimum to $10. That would still be below 1968’s level, but it would represent a $5,000-plus raise for close to 30 million workers at or near the minimum today (it would also add $25 billion to gross domestic product, according to the Economic Policy Institute). That bill went nowhere without White House leadership; even a lunch-bucket Democrat like Tom Harkin refused to hold hearings on the idea.

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“Part of the answer,” says Gray Davis, the former governor of California who is thoughtful on these questions, “will be convincing people to pay a little bit more for things so that Americans can have jobs that pay a decent wage.”

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That unpopular "thoughtful" Gray Davis who got run out of CA by the residents?

Why do WaPo hire one-sided opinion writers like this?

Never mind, stupid question.

1 posted on 02/07/2013 5:49:48 AM PST by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

Personally, I think they should raise the minimum waget to $100 per hour. That way everyone with a job would be “rich” and we would never have poverty again. It’s so simple, really. Only liberals get it.

Man, that would be sweeeeeeet!

;-)


2 posted on 02/07/2013 5:53:25 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Do not raise the minumum anything, by any amount. On anything.

But DO start buying American.

Buy American. Bring back US jobs now.


3 posted on 02/07/2013 5:56:36 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Sir Napsalot

“it would also add $25 billion to gross domestic product”

I guess it just comes from Scrooge McDuck’s vault, where it wasn’t being uesed before.


4 posted on 02/07/2013 5:58:15 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

“Part of the answer,” says Gray Davis, the former governor of California who is thoughtful on these questions, “will be convincing people to pay a little bit more for things so that Americans can have jobs that pay a decent wage.”

...”thoughtful on these questions”?! Marxist on these questions, yes. Socialist on these questions, yes. His statement is astronomically lacking in common sense.


5 posted on 02/07/2013 5:58:54 AM PST by albie (`)
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To: cuban leaf
I think they should raise the minimum waget to $100 per hour.

Wa' sto' at $100 per awa'. Ma' babidaddy aint' gibben me 'nuff sueport munny. Howabow' $200?

6 posted on 02/07/2013 6:00:21 AM PST by laweeks
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To: Sir Napsalot
That is all small business needs, mandatory higher pay for workers along with the rest of O’s rip offs. It will raise the unemployment.
7 posted on 02/07/2013 6:00:21 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I guess the answer is making people pay more for stuff they don’t need, and go into more debt doing it.


8 posted on 02/07/2013 6:02:26 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Why not lower the minimum wage back to $1, so we can buy new cars for $1500, a new home for $12,000, milk for 20 cents a quart, and gas for 27 cents a gallon again? (KIDDING!)


9 posted on 02/07/2013 6:03:27 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
(More excerpt) There are different ways to skin this cat. In my 2003 book, “The Two Percent Solution,” I argued that the minimum reward for work in America should be $10 an hour plus health coverage. That would be $12.50 today. Whether we pick $12, $15 or some other number, the question is how best to share the cost of achieving this decent minimum among employers, taxpayers (via subsidies for low-wage work) and consumers (via slightly higher prices).

Yeah, I can NOT possibly make a decent living with less than $50 per hour. Doesn't matter if I deserve it with my knowledge/skill set or if there is a need for such things or not. Who the heck define 'decent'?

10 posted on 02/07/2013 6:04:08 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: lacrew

Out of thin air!

Or maybe by diluting the value of the other dollars by that amount?


11 posted on 02/07/2013 6:05:06 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: cuban leaf

Wow. Talk about flash mobs. People would be fighting to get off unemployment. Wait a minute. Congress would probably just increase the benefits to keep pace.


12 posted on 02/07/2013 6:05:46 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: cuban leaf

Yes just raise to $1000 per minute if it doesn’t negatively affect wages or employment.

While we’re at it... since debt doesn’t matter, just stop taxing.


13 posted on 02/07/2013 6:05:54 AM PST by Principled
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

>> But DO start buying American.

I did my own landscaping project, instead of hiring a less than minimum wage Mexican.

I dug the dirt and shoveled the gravel and laid the stone that most Americans won’t dig and shovel and lay.

Does that count?

The shovel was an old Craftsman but I’m pretty sure the “Husky” rake is Chinese.


14 posted on 02/07/2013 6:06:17 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Not this crap again,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUBK9_4OQIs&feature=youtube_gdata_player


15 posted on 02/07/2013 6:08:50 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Sir Napsalot

In Australia, the minimum wage now tops $15, and unemployment is 5.4 percent.

There has to be other reasons for the low unemployment than the minimum wage.


16 posted on 02/07/2013 6:09:40 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: cuban leaf

>> Personally, I think they should raise the minimum wage to $100 per hour.

I see what you’re doing there. :-)

But seriously — there IS a “minimum wage” above which it makes a LOT of sense to automate. I mean, how hard would it be to train a robot to flip burgers? Or clean a motel room?

Bye bye minimum wage job... forever.

Minorities and the poor will be hardest hit. I wonder if journalists ever consider the unintended consequences? Nah.


17 posted on 02/07/2013 6:09:51 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
“Since this vast and leaky conglomeration has failed at its intended goal,” he concludes, “perhaps we should just try raising wages instead."

The writer uses the quote, but apparently doesn't understand the implication of the word "instead".

Plus, he doesn't once address the proven positive correlation between increases in min wage and unemployment.

18 posted on 02/07/2013 6:10:14 AM PST by skeeter
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To: napscoordinator
There has to be other reasons for the low unemployment than the minimum wage.

My guess would be immigration control.

19 posted on 02/07/2013 6:11:41 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Sir Napsalot
“Part of the answer,” says Gray Davis, the former governor of California who is thoughtful on these questions, “will be convincing people to pay a little bit more for things so that Americans can have jobs that pay a decent wage.”

Liberals are so awesome, they can point out the obvious flaw in their plan, refer to it as a 'problem' to be solved, and then skip away through the flowers.. Every time you raise wages to the 'living' standard, you raise prices so it's no longer a 'living' standard. In the end, you get a whole bunch of people fired, a fair number just never even get offered a job, and a HUGE population has their standard of living reduced via inflation of prices for basic items.

How many of those who are unemployed today would be employed doing something if there were no minimum wages? Oh, and of course, liberals are working ever so hard to make illegals legal, cutting into entry level jobs (and further eroding middle class jobs) and creating a massive burden on the social services including schools.

Ahh, Grayout, you still are an utter idiot.

20 posted on 02/07/2013 6:12:21 AM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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