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Minimum Wage Hike Now Likely (No Gridlock with a Rino Pres)
CTDay ^ | November 11, 2006 | Jennifer Dlouhy

Posted on 11/12/2006 10:01:34 AM PST by jamesrichards

Minimum Wage Hike Now Likely

The biggest winners in last week's congressional elections may be workers currently earning the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. Democrats have made a top priority to boosting the federal minimum wage for the first time in almost a decade — and President Bush has signaled he will go along.

Voters in six states — impatient with the Bush administration and the out-going Republican-led Congress — voted last week to hike their state minimum wage, bringing to 28 the number of states that have acted on their own to boost wages.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the presumptive House speaker, said she wants to immediately move to raise the national minimum wage. Her counterpart in the Senate, Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, has said he will make a wage increase one of the first few bills that the chamber takes up next year.

The federal minimum wage, which sets the floor for hourly pay in many low-skilled jobs nationwide, was last increased in 1997 — making the last nine years the second-longest stretch without a boost since the legal minimum was established in 1938. Back then it was 25 cents an hour.

Democrats said workers were forced to go to the states and to ballot-initiatives for relief because lawmakers on Capitol Hill have failed to raise the minimum wage — while raising their own pay each year.

“Washington wouldn't act on raising the minimum wage, so America did — and now the new Congress will,” said Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.

Kennedy has proposed boosting the minimum wage by 70 cents three times over the next three years — bringing it to $7.25.

Congress came close to hiking the minimum wage last summer after Republican leaders packaged the Kennedy plan with a conservative-backed cut in the estate tax and a series of tax cuts for businesses.

Republicans had hoped the popularity of a minimum wage increase would buy support for the tax cuts, but Democrats and moderate Republicans in the Senate objected to tying the issues together and blocked the package after it had won House approval.

Republicans — backed by the Chamber of Commerce, small business owners and the American Restaurant Association — have generally opposed minimum-wage increases. They argue that an increase could force some employers to lay off some workers or cut some entry-level jobs to compensate.

For small businesses, “their cash flow is far more precarious,” said Marc Freedman, director of labor policy for the Chamber of Commerce.

“Their ability to absorb an increase in (wages) without an increase in production is very difficult,” Freedman said. As a result, Freedman argued, small business will raise prices, take less profit, cut benefits or lay off workers.

Supporters of an increase, including labor unions, insist that the federal minimum wage is the single factor determining how much money millions of Americans take home from their jobs — and that families can't make ends meet on $5.15 an hour.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal non-partisan research group, an estimated 6.6 million workers would immediately benefit if the federal minimum wage jumped to $7.25 by 2008.

Bush has signaled he is receptive to boosting the minimum wage. In a news conference Nov. 8, Bush said a hike is “an area where I believe we can find common ground.”

But, Bush said, he wants to ensure that any wage increase has “compensation for the small businesses” — a sign he still wants to see a some kind of tax cut tied into a wage hike.


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Are the small business owners in montana and virginia now happy that they voted for tester and webb?

Gop didn't campaign against what the dems would do.

No funding for the fence.

Conyers wants to make racial profiling against arabs illegal.

Do the people in virginia know about john conyers.

Leahy wants terrorists to get habeus corpus rights.

And damn Bush. The dems blocked his whole agenda through filibuster now he couldn't wait one second to run to the mike with tony snow and talk about passing their liberal agenda.

That is what the message people missed.

It is one thing to kick out the congress with a conservative congress.

But you kicked out the only conservative firewall.

Now major league RINO Bush is already giving the dems two bills to pass amnesty and minimum wage. And the whole party will be blamed for Bush.

Dems purposefully blocked all the gop bills to make them look bad but with bush the dems have their rino to pass their liberal agenda.

It would be one thing if cheney was in office but this white house is so rinoish it is scary.

The last few months seeing how they have dealt with israel I finally realized what rinos they are. Bush wants to give weapons to the plo.

This is like the dems having all three branches of govt.

It would have been better to have a dem president and a gop congress than a liberal congress and a rino to pass their whole agenda.

Bush now with his political tone deafness kicked out our congress now he is in full destruction mode of what is left of the party.

So far we have amnesty and minimum wage what else can we look forward too.

These are going to be a long next two years.

We have the liberal agenda coming.

1 posted on 11/12/2006 10:01:37 AM PST by jamesrichards
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To: jamesrichards; admin
I take offense to your title calling GW a Rhino President. He has not abadoned us in the GOP, some cowards whom voted donk or failed to vote did.

Your add on to the title should be removed.
2 posted on 11/12/2006 10:09:21 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: jamesrichards
The biggest winners in last week's congressional elections may be workers currently earning the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. Democrats have made a top priority to boosting the federal minimum wage for the first time in almost a decade — and President Bush has signaled he will go along.

So everyone will have to get a raise, and the gap will be the same. If the unskilled get a freebie, those who are skilled will need their wages increased. It's only fair.
The higher cost of wages will be passed on to the consumer. All the democrats are doing is making it harder for everyone. They just can't do anything right.

3 posted on 11/12/2006 10:11:01 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: jamesrichards
"But, Bush said, he wants to ensure that any wage increase has “compensation for the small businesses” — a sign he still wants to see a some kind of tax cut tied into a wage hike."

I heard John Mccain saying the same thing today on russert's show. No hike without a cut.

4 posted on 11/12/2006 10:14:21 AM PST by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: jamesrichards

This looks to be a very, very bad two years.

Minimum wage increases, amnesties for illegal aliens, "moderate" judges (code for left-of-center), even more gun control and God only knows what else.

As long as the far-left's demands are met, everything will be "smooth" and "bipartisan." The second the conservatives ask for anything, it will be "Bush is dividing the country" garbage. Bush, please, grow a spine and veto, veto and veto some more.


5 posted on 11/12/2006 10:14:28 AM PST by NapkinUser (Tom Tancredo for president of the United States of America in 2008!)
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To: jamesrichards
No funding for the fence....... Conyers wants to make racial profiling against arabs illegal........ Leahy wants terrorists to get habeus .........

And when the nuke goes off, they'll try to blame Bush for it.
Democrats are deadly. The MSM propaganda worked, and America lost.

6 posted on 11/12/2006 10:14:31 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: jamesrichards
The biggest winners in last week's congressional elections may be workers currently earning the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour.

Or maybe the biggest winners will be the union thugs who have their wages indexed to the minimum wage. (For example: minimum wage + $25.)

How is this so hard to understand? When the minimum wage increases, unemployment increases. The minimum wage should be abolished at all levels of government.

7 posted on 11/12/2006 10:15:03 AM PST by MichiganConservative (The US is so full of domestic enemies, maybe all we can do is slow the inevitable ascent of tyranny.)
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According to the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal non-partisan research group, an estimated 6.6 million workers would immediately benefit if the federal minimum wage jumped to $7.25 by 2008.

Whatever. But I wonder if the "Institute" factored in the number of those jobs that are going to be lost due to soemthing other than the market dictating what a non skilled laborer is paid. Small business will not raise prices as the first option. They'll cut costs and the most expensive cost is the cost of labor. It'll be incremental as the wage is ratcheted up over the years....

8 posted on 11/12/2006 10:15:35 AM PST by b4its2late (FOOTBALL REFEREES: It's tough playing with us, but you can't play the game without us.)
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To: jamesrichards

RINO - I'll second that.


9 posted on 11/12/2006 10:15:45 AM PST by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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To: concerned about politics

My highschool age daughter got her first job a month ago. Part time in a burger joint but pays $6.00 an hour and she'll be up to $6.75 in 2 more months.

Baby steps for now but she'll be on the ladder to success in a few more years.


10 posted on 11/12/2006 10:17:08 AM PST by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: MichiganConservative
Or maybe the biggest winners will be the union thugs who have their wages indexed to the minimum wage.

bingo

11 posted on 11/12/2006 10:17:24 AM PST by Freee-dame
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To: jamesrichards

Minimum wage hike will be followed within 6 months with an inflationary rise in prices as the new wage trickles throughout the economy.


12 posted on 11/12/2006 10:17:53 AM PST by meyer (Bring back the Contract with America and you'll bring back the Republican majority.)
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To: jamesrichards

Minimum Wage Hike = Instant Inflation


13 posted on 11/12/2006 10:19:23 AM PST by R_Kangel ("Please insert witty tag-line here")
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To: jamesrichards
"...a liberal non-partisan research group...

What on earth is a liberal non partisan research group? If they're liberal, then they are, by definition, partisan. And not partisan in a realistic way!

14 posted on 11/12/2006 10:19:39 AM PST by meyer (Bring back the Contract with America and you'll bring back the Republican majority.)
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To: monkeywrench
No hike without a cut.

Why dont they just save jobs by not increasing min wage and double the proposed tax cut?

15 posted on 11/12/2006 10:20:48 AM PST by MaineVoter2002 (Election 2006 - Democrat Win, Conservative Mandate)
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To: jrooney
LOL, they are typical of the send a message crowd, pretending that they did not know that removing the few Conservatives in the House and Senate, WHO WERE THE FIREWALL to keep the President from going to far left, were sacrificed for their martyrdom.

Their bitching at the President, is proof that they are much happier in the minority, its easy.
16 posted on 11/12/2006 10:20:58 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: NapkinUser

GW will have an earlier time filling 2 SC positions, now. One with Alberto Gonzales and the other with Harriet Miers.

lol


17 posted on 11/12/2006 10:21:27 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: MichiganConservative
My 17-YO kid just got a job at a department store - starting wage, $8.50

This is obviously targeted at union indexes.

18 posted on 11/12/2006 10:23:10 AM PST by patton (Sanctimony frequently reaps its own reward.)
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To: MichiganConservative
When the minimum wage increases, unemployment increases

Not to worry. All those illegals will be legal and will be doing the jobs Americans won't do---for cheaper wages.

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19 posted on 11/12/2006 10:23:37 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

Doesn't it tell you something when Bush finds it easier to do something with a democratic majority and Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the house (like passing an amnesty for illegal aliens bill)?


20 posted on 11/12/2006 10:24:59 AM PST by NapkinUser (Tom Tancredo for president of the United States of America in 2008!)
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To: jamesrichards
I'm doing fine, but I'm really worried about anyone who makes less than I do. How on earth do they make it?

I think everyone should make what I do, so I don't have to worry about them.

Then, my pay will have to be increased appropriately...since I can't make what these minimum wage lowlifes make.

Then, I'll be worried about anyone making less that me...

22 posted on 11/12/2006 10:26:01 AM PST by TankerKC (I Predict that over 50% of the Major Party Candidates Will Lose on Election Day!)
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To: jamesrichards
Republicans had hoped the popularity of a minimum wage increase would buy support for the tax cuts, but Democrats and moderate Republicans in the Senate objected to tying the issues together and blocked the package after it had won House approval.

Want to know who stood in the way of the conservative agenda?
Want to know who cost Republicans the election last Tuesday?

Here, again, is your answer.

23 posted on 11/12/2006 10:27:59 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: NapkinUser

Yeh. He could hardly contain his glee when the reporter asked him about immigration at the presser Wednesday.


24 posted on 11/12/2006 10:28:31 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: jamesrichards
It's not the end of the world. I'm opposed to MW for all the reasons y'all know about, inflationary and ultimately, meaningless. But, as a lagging indicator of a minimum salary floor, it's not that bad a deal(really, how many people make minimum wage now? I think I read somewhere that for non-teens, the number is like 2%), and would go far to assuage the misinformed vote. The real scare is the indexing for the inflation it would create, as some of the states did with their versions. I'm not opposed to letting useless legislation pass so long as the compound damage of 'indexing' it isn't included. I don't think Pres. Bush is FOR this so much as he weighs the political cost for 08 being 'against' it. And besides, having a voice at the table will hopefully KEEP the concept at the floor level and prevent the indexing damage that such legislation could do. I know, I know, there's that Daddy Bush pragmatism that cost the '92 election. But, I disagree, at least on this.
25 posted on 11/12/2006 10:30:11 AM PST by ziravan (winning the lotto one vote at a time.)
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To: TankerKC

I wonder if we could tie the minimum wage hike to making the tax cuts permanent.


26 posted on 11/12/2006 10:30:21 AM PST by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el ingles)
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To: NapkinUser

"Kennedy has proposed boosting the minimum wage by 70 cents three times over the next three years — bringing it to $7.25."

And my Big Mac McMeal just went from $5.15 to $7.25 over the next three years.


27 posted on 11/12/2006 10:31:20 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The voting machines aren't broken. The Dems operating the voting machines are broken.)
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To: meyer
If they're liberal, then they are, by definition, partisan.

Somebody hasn't been paying attention to the MSM.

28 posted on 11/12/2006 10:31:31 AM PST by TankerKC (I Predict that over 50% of the Major Party Candidates Will Lose on Election Day!)
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To: jamesrichards

No, we gave up having a say in setting the agenda when we spent the last few years attacking and purging moderates out of the GOP even when they represented liberal states.

Right or left... the side that forms a stronger coalition with the moderate center wins and gets to run the show. We turned up our snooty noses at such a thought and gave Congress and our troops to the hard left.

The GOP is not a religion, it is simply the right-side coalition... the Demo-rats are the left-side coalition, currently under the claws of the hate-America Chomsky-sect.

But we are too intellectually pure and proud to caucus with imperfect conservatives or non-conservative centrists so we walked away and handed the whole ball of wax to the Cindy Sheehag sect.

Yippee...


29 posted on 11/12/2006 10:37:31 AM PST by Tamzee (Thomas Jefferson - "Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.")
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To: jamesrichards

Sure would be a treat if SOMEONE would pick up the charts and graphs and buy a little time on the TEEVEEE and explain to the idiots in the trailer parks that the minimum wage is a sham and deleterious to ALL Americans. It's so simple, so ECON 101, yet people still buy into the 'free lunch' aspect of it. It's enough to make me want to shave my head and climb a tower somewhere...and all you who voted for the Demokrats...thanks a lot!! Bush was bad enough, but bow??!? SSZ


30 posted on 11/12/2006 10:39:58 AM PST by szweig
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To: jamesrichards
"According to the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal non-partisan research group, an estimated 6.6 million workers would immediately benefit if the federal minimum wage jumped to $7.25 by 2008."

I think the communists in that group flunked econ-101.

Raise min wage to $7.25 hr. and the ones that don't lose there job will lose there food stamps and gov. funded housing, perhaps their Medicaid.
Now the increase in unemployment will throw more on a welfare program that will have to be income adjusted to allow those poor people making the new min wage back on the gov dole. The qualification adjustment for the new wage will allow more people to qualify.

More inflation, unemployment, and jobs to Mexico or China.

Don't forget the Gang-Green branch of the RAT party that will see to it that oil prices go through the roof.

Any of the dumba$$ voters too young to remember the Carter years are about to learn what they were like.
31 posted on 11/12/2006 10:41:33 AM PST by Beagle8U (Angry voters tend to make poor choices politically.....Unfortunately we all have to live with them.)
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To: jamesrichards
The dems blocked his whole agenda through filibuster ...

The dems never filibustered one bill. All they did was whisper "filibuster" and the pubbies ran for their holes.

32 posted on 11/12/2006 10:41:59 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: MichiganConservative
Or maybe the biggest winners will be the union thugs who have their wages indexed to the minimum wage. (For example: minimum wage + $25.)

Bingo. This is primarily a cash payoff to the Dems union supporters.

It does nothing for the "working poor." The minimum wage kills entry level jobs and functions more as a wage ceiling than it does a wage floor.

33 posted on 11/12/2006 10:43:22 AM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: jrooney
I take offense to your title calling GW a Rhino President. He has not abadoned us in the GOP, some cowards whom voted donk or failed to vote did.

Go ahead. Be offended. I am offended by Bush calling himself any kind of conservative.


34 posted on 11/12/2006 10:45:18 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: Freee-dame

I bingo your bingo. The minimum wage itself is meaningless. It's the union scale indexing that is the issue.


35 posted on 11/12/2006 10:48:11 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: jamesrichards
slow down. look back to 1998 1999 and what happened to the FReepers then. "don't cut off your nose to spite your face"
36 posted on 11/12/2006 10:48:52 AM PST by camas
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To: patton

Bingo.


37 posted on 11/12/2006 10:49:03 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: jrooney
Your add on to the title should be removed

You're being a little silly, arent you? Sounds like a reply from an easily offended democrat. Geez!

38 posted on 11/12/2006 10:49:06 AM PST by MaineVoter2002 (Election 2006 - Democrat Win, Conservative Mandate)
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To: jamesrichards
but Democrats and moderate Republicans in the Senate objected

ANYONE who thinks that conservatives lost on Tuesday is about as sharp as jello. HELLO! If you're gonna legislate like a DIMRAT when we voted for a CONSERVATIVE, we'll just elect the consarned DIMRAT next time. At least we'll KNOW what we're in for!

39 posted on 11/12/2006 10:52:00 AM PST by Don W (Stoneage man survived thousands of years of bitter-cold ice. Modern man WILLsurvive global warming.)
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To: raybbr

Your chart is very telling. I remember how afraid I felt a few days after Clinton won against Bush. After seeing that chart I feel a little bit better. Who knows, maybe all this fear is about nothing again. Maybe spending will go down. We can only hope.


40 posted on 11/12/2006 10:52:19 AM PST by MaineVoter2002 (Election 2006 - Democrat Win, Conservative Mandate)
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To: Don W

Oh, BTW, I think the STATES were finally doing their job, and establishing that THEY are the ones who decide where the rate for minimum wage should be.

They're the ones who actually have to deal with all the repercussions, right? (rhetorical)


41 posted on 11/12/2006 10:54:28 AM PST by Don W (Stoneage man survived thousands of years of bitter-cold ice. Modern man WILLsurvive global warming.)
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To: jrooney
I take offense to your title calling GW a Rhino President.

Freepers looking at massive spending, a Democrat congress and impending Amnesty are all broken up over your being offended.

42 posted on 11/12/2006 10:55:01 AM PST by Plutarch
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To: jamesrichards
Like it or not the minimum wage is a winner electorally(case in poiint the large margins the minimum wage intitives won last Tuesday).

Maybe instead of blaming President Bush, you should try to educate your fellow voter about the fallacy of the minimum wage.

43 posted on 11/12/2006 10:55:48 AM PST by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: Plutarch
Freepers looking at massive spending, a Democrat congress and impending Amnesty are all broken up over your being offended.

Amen to that

44 posted on 11/12/2006 10:58:09 AM PST by MaineVoter2002 (Election 2006 - Democrat Win, Conservative Mandate)
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To: PeteB570
My highschool age daughter got her first job a month ago. Part time in a burger joint but pays $6.00 an hour and she'll be up to $6.75 in 2 more months.

This is why I thought the GOP should index the minimum wage for inflation. The minimum wage is SO low that is does not currently hurt business. Index for inflation at today's level and it would be taken out of the political equation forever and it would NEVER be a problem for business.

Indexed for inflation, it would increase at something like $0.15 per year. The proposal on the table is to raise it $0.70 cents per year for three years. Immediately after that, there will be more calls for increasing it. IT IS A DIM CAMPAIGN ISSUE. We should take it off the table.

COngressional salaries and Social Security payments are indexed to keep them from being political issues. This should be as well.

45 posted on 11/12/2006 10:59:33 AM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some Freepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: b4its2late

a liberal non-partisan research group,..... UHHH, how does that work out?


46 posted on 11/12/2006 11:01:47 AM PST by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: jamesrichards
Let's say the min wage immediately jumped by $1. Who, ultimately, pays the dollar? If you say the employer, you've obviously never had to make a payroll.

This minimum wage thing comes up every so often. It's a pain in the ass. Why don't we just raise the min wage to $20/hour and have done with it? At $20/hour it should be a long time before anyone talks again about raising the min wage.
47 posted on 11/12/2006 11:03:38 AM PST by upchuck (Republicans didn`t lose this time around because they were conservative, but because they WEREN`T!)
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To: meyer

2007 will see the biggest recession we have ever witnessed. Mark this thread.


48 posted on 11/12/2006 11:03:59 AM PST by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: Onelifetogive

Right now, MW doesn't hurt most business because it's below most actual MW salaries in most areas. Indexing it to inflation would make it a problem, JUST like SS is a problem. There's a reason this is the first issue out of the block: it enjoys popular, if naive, support. Sure, some see what it will do to their union scale salaries and don't care that it actually hurts the working poor. But many actually mistakenly believe this is FOR the working poor. If we don't address it now, it WILL be a wedge issue for 08. But indexing it to 'take it off the table'? No. Indexing it makes it a long term problem instead of useless and meaningless pandering legislation.


49 posted on 11/12/2006 11:06:17 AM PST by ziravan (winning the lotto one vote at a time.)
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To: NapkinUser
Bush, please, grow a spine and veto, veto and veto some more.

How many things has he vetoed since coming into office?
50 posted on 11/12/2006 11:16:38 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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