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Romney supports automatic hikes in minimum wage
Yahoo ^ | 2/1/12 | David Espo and Kasie Hunt - ap

Posted on 02/01/2012 1:02:13 PM PST by NormsRevenge

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney renewed his support Wednesday for automatic increases in the federal minimum wage to keep pace with inflation, a position sharply at odds with traditional GOP business allies, conservatives and the party's senior lawmakers.

"I haven't changed my thoughts on that," the former Massachusetts governor told reporters aboard his chartered campaign plane, referring to a stand he has held for a decade.

He did not say if he would ask Congress to approve the change if he wins the White House this fall.

Congress first enacted federal minimum wage legislation in 1938 and has raised it sporadically in the years since. The last increase, approved in 2007, took effect in three installments and reached $7.25 an hour for covered workers effective July 24, 2009.

It has never been allowed to rise automatically, as Romney envisions.

Organized labor generally supports increases in the minimum wage, and Romney's position could give him cross-over appeal among blue-collar Democrats in a general election campaign.

Republicans have generally opposed attempts to raise it, although in 1996, the GOP-controlled Congress passed an election-year increase that included a package of tax cuts for business and a subminimum wage to apply to new, younger employees.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: automatic; hikes; minimumwage; romney; romneytruthfile; supports
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1 posted on 02/01/2012 1:02:18 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Piss on Romney


2 posted on 02/01/2012 1:04:19 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: NormsRevenge

Paging Ann Coulter. Paging Ann Coulter.

OK, how do you defend this shi’ite?


3 posted on 02/01/2012 1:05:13 PM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Channeling Ted Kennedy.


4 posted on 02/01/2012 1:05:46 PM PST by Jukeman (God help us for we are deep in trouble.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Has this idiot ever promoted anything that is conservative?


5 posted on 02/01/2012 1:06:56 PM PST by PGR88
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To: NormsRevenge

What a knucklehead! I thought that this guy Romney was supposed to be an economic conservative, at least. He’s not even that!


6 posted on 02/01/2012 1:07:19 PM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: NormsRevenge
a position sharply at odds with traditional GOP business allies, conservatives and the party's senior lawmakers.

You might as well make a macro for this phrase. News writers will be using it a lot over the next few months.

7 posted on 02/01/2012 1:08:23 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: NormsRevenge

So, there is something he hasn’t flip flopped on. Amazing.


8 posted on 02/01/2012 1:08:36 PM PST by iceskater (I am a Carnivore Conservative - No peas for me. (h/t N.Theknow))
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To: NormsRevenge

Unbelievable. The CA minimum wage was raised not too long ago. The result was a substantial rise in the cost of living in this state. When will Libtards understand that increasing wages of an entry level job artificially only hurts those who they THINK they are helping (along with all the rest of us)? Governmental increases in minimum wage results in lost jobs and increased consumer prices. This ain’t rocket science.


9 posted on 02/01/2012 1:09:02 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is what we’re in for once he’s the nominee. Richard Nixon all over again.


10 posted on 02/01/2012 1:09:28 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: big'ol_freeper

Not even if he were on fire.


11 posted on 02/01/2012 1:09:57 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Obama Romney supports automatic hikes in minimum wage

Vote for Romney - preserve the status quo. People, this is a no-brainer.

12 posted on 02/01/2012 1:10:25 PM PST by alicewonders (Thank you Rick Perry!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Imagine what he’d be like if he wasn’t pro-business!


13 posted on 02/01/2012 1:11:01 PM PST by Buddy Sorrell (It's Algebra, Uncle Fletcher.)
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To: PGR88
Has this idiot ever promoted anything that is conservative?

Ah, a brain teaser!

Alas, I don't have that kind of time...

14 posted on 02/01/2012 1:11:27 PM PST by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: PGR88

“Organized labor generally supports increases in the minimum wage, and Romney’s position could give him cross-over appeal among blue-collar Democrats in a general election campaign.”

Author doesn’t add “Romney’s position could also alienate traditional allies making a second Obama term inevitable.”


15 posted on 02/01/2012 1:11:51 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: NormsRevenge

Minimum wage workers will get raises. Government employees will get raises. Both of which will cause (increased) inflation, so welfare beneficiaries will get raises. Which will raise our taxes, which will cause the regular, hard-working, tax-paying legal American to have yet, another, reduction in standard of living and ability to save for our own retirements.


16 posted on 02/01/2012 1:13:28 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: big'ol_freeper
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Hey Rush Limbaugh ... still can't make-up your mind ?


and by the way ... "thanks" for endorsing Rick Santorum right at the end of your Monday show ...



Not only will I "not" be purchasing any of your "Two-If-By-Tea" products ...

But I'm writing ProFlowers today (one of your too-frequent advertisers) to tell them that I'm ordering my Valentines day flowers from someone else, just because you're promoting them ...

Enjoy that next Celebrity Golf Tournament ...





America has 18-year young men brave enough to risk their lives in Iraq and Afganistan ....

with barely $ 1,000 in their pockets ...

and yet "you" ... Rush Limbaugh ...

having earned a royal "King's Ransom" from Reaganite Tea Party Conservatives these past twenty-plus years ...

You're still so "damned" GREEDY that you've decided to shill your soul and convictions (selling soap) that you can't conjure up the GUTS to endorse anyone ...

except for that "winkie" endorsement of Santorum ...




Whatever happened to You ?????




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17 posted on 02/01/2012 1:14:18 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: NormsRevenge

So much for Romney reaching out to the GOP base. More like another middle finger.


18 posted on 02/01/2012 1:14:45 PM PST by C19fan
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m sure Ted Kennedy is very proud of Mitt.


19 posted on 02/01/2012 1:14:56 PM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Here we go.

You can take the guy out of MA, but you can’t take...


20 posted on 02/01/2012 1:15:02 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: PGR88
Has this idiot ever promoted anything that is conservative?

Well, he has a 'conservative' looking haircut. Other than that, nothing comes to mind.
21 posted on 02/01/2012 1:16:28 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Do you listen to Limbaugh?
He has said in every way possible why he is not endorsing anyone.
He has also said he will vote for anyone who wins because he is voting against BHO.
For me I will not vote for Romney if he is the nominee, he is no different that BHO.


22 posted on 02/01/2012 1:19:33 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen You up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: Deo volente

Will somebody please this idiot to take a hike? He’s a disaster.


23 posted on 02/01/2012 1:19:35 PM PST by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: Deo volente

Will somebody please tell this idiot to take a hike? He’s a disaster.


24 posted on 02/01/2012 1:21:01 PM PST by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: NormsRevenge

If he is this liberal before winning the nomination, just imagine how liberal he’d be in office.


25 posted on 02/01/2012 1:21:21 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: NormsRevenge

OK I have defended Romney when people go off on him here. I don’t support his position on this at all. Minimum wage is one of those government mistakes/ liberal traps which do the opposite of what is intended.

I still will vote for the nominee, and I think Mitty is trying to pivot a bit for the general. I would have preferred he take that position back in light of the current economic situation.

Go Newt and Santorum.


26 posted on 02/01/2012 1:22:38 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: PGR88
Has this idiot ever promoted anything that is conservative?

He is a good family man! Of course, so was Jimmy Carter.

27 posted on 02/01/2012 1:23:16 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: NormsRevenge

That is very democratic position for a “conservative” like Romney.


28 posted on 02/01/2012 1:24:03 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: LibFreeUSA

Mitt treats Conservatism like it is a uniform he can take on and off depending on which crowd he needs to garner votes from. Conservatism comes from the core.

And WTH is wrong with the tea party voter in Fl. Did they not realize Mitt is EXACTLY the kind of politician they worked their butt off to destroy in 2010!!!

Mitt Romney: “I love the tea party and true conservatives. See I made a special car carrier for them to ride in on the way to the convention. Comes with a special windshield and everything!”


29 posted on 02/01/2012 1:25:02 PM PST by Anti-Hillary (No Jesus, No Peace! Know Jesus, Know Peace!)
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To: NormsRevenge

And yet, we are supposed to believe he is the Colosus of Capitalism and Champion of the Free Market system.


30 posted on 02/01/2012 1:25:02 PM PST by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

I love the attacks on Limbaugh now. Yes he is a bit of a phoney though he gave a decent explanation for not endorsing anyone.

But I got over worrying about his endorsement last time when he never endorsed Fred Thompson, even though he hates McCain. Then he railed against the party leaders giving us McCain.

We have to wear our big boy pants in dealing with all these people. In the end it’s our country not theirs. I’m not sure we’d enjoy a dinner party withg any of them, but they serve their purpose.


31 posted on 02/01/2012 1:26:41 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: NormsRevenge
  1. Moisten finger.
  2. Stick finger up in the air.
  3. Note wind speed and direction.
  4. Bloviate accordingly.
Either that or Willard is completely ignorant regarding even the most basic economic principles.
32 posted on 02/01/2012 1:27:49 PM PST by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: NormsRevenge

many people do not know... union contracts are normally fixed to a percentage above minimum

an increase in minimum wage results in an increase in union labor rates


33 posted on 02/01/2012 1:28:39 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: yuleeyahoo

Automatic, smaller increases are better than less frequent, larger raises imo. /s


34 posted on 02/01/2012 1:31:04 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: Patton@Bastogne

He bloviates on his talk radio show about being the most courageous man in American politics, accuse many of being gutless, but yet he has no guts to endorse someone in the race. That is Rush Limbaugh… Finally many on our side are waking up and realizing that this guy is one of the biggest phonies in the country.


35 posted on 02/01/2012 1:33:09 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds
Automatic, smaller increases are better than less frequent, larger raises imo.

Plus it takes minimum wage away as an issue for the left wing to exploit. I don't like minimum wages anymore than anyone else. What's Newt's position on minimum wage?

36 posted on 02/01/2012 1:38:23 PM PST by noexcuses
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To: svcw; Patton@Bastogne
Do you listen to Limbaugh? He has said in every way possible why he is not endorsing anyone.

Rush is an outright liar. I stopped listening to him after Bloody Thursday. I have listened to him since the late 80s. Rush is a fraud. Take off the blinders, Rush in his own subtle way is endorsing Mitt. Only a fool could not see that.

I second all of what Patton@Bastogne wrote. Unfortunately, I bought Two if By Tea in the past. Never again.

37 posted on 02/01/2012 1:40:35 PM PST by sand88 (Hey Rove et al, I will, with great pleasure, NOT cast a vote for the Statist Mitt.)
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To: iceskater
“So, there is something he hasn’t flip flopped on. Amazing.”

Yes; unfortunately it is one issue he should have flipped on.

38 posted on 02/01/2012 1:40:45 PM PST by riverdawg
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To: noexcuses

I was being sarcastic. Minimum wage increases destroy jobs and freedom.


39 posted on 02/01/2012 1:41:03 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: sand88

ROFLOL!!!


40 posted on 02/01/2012 1:41:41 PM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: big'ol_freeper

R0mnunism = 0bammunism = C0mmunism.


41 posted on 02/01/2012 1:43:15 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

I agree with you. But the min wage exists and is effectively used by the left.


42 posted on 02/01/2012 1:47:55 PM PST by noexcuses
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To: noexcuses

I agree but “me tooism” is not the answer. Reframing the issue, and taking it away from the left is.


43 posted on 02/01/2012 1:55:26 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: sand88

If you haven’t listen to then how do you know?


44 posted on 02/01/2012 1:58:11 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen You up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Holy cow! What next, Mitt??

High Speed Rail...?

45 posted on 02/01/2012 1:58:30 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Minimum wage is the prohibition of functional poverty, the imposition of abject dependency upon the poor.


46 posted on 02/01/2012 2:04:21 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

When it comes to understanding the idea of America and the average American, Mitt Romney is as dumb as a box of rocks. Be gone, Mitt. If you are the nominee, you will not have my vote.

Gingrich or Santorum will.

Are you listening, GOP elite? Your choice of Mitt is going to backfire so badly you won’t believe it.


47 posted on 02/01/2012 2:15:35 PM PST by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Flycatcher

Don’t give him any ideas....


48 posted on 02/01/2012 2:16:43 PM PST by C19fan
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To: NormsRevenge
As posted on the other thread on this subject, the following message was published many years ago, utilizing Walter Williams' warning about the negative consequences of minimum wage laws on families and those who most need work experience and earnings. His words were true then, and he repeated them on Stossel just this week.

Min. Wage

Dr. Williams understands and has been teaching, speaking, and writing about the tragic consequences of the so-called "progressive" policies which Democrats (and Republican "progressives") have inflicted upon Americans--all in the name of "helping" them.

Slavery to government is no better than slavery to individual masters. Yet, the "regressives" continue to buy power and influence by promoting policies that destroy opportunity, prosperity, and freedom for our own and future generations.

This position on Romney's part is an example of how he has succeeded in the "freedom of individual enterprise" environment left to us by the Founders, without gaining a deep and abiding understanding or commitment to the principles they incorporated into our nation's founding documents.

49 posted on 02/01/2012 2:16:52 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: loveliberty2

Oooops. Should have said, “He repeated them on “Stossel” recently.”


50 posted on 02/01/2012 2:18:20 PM PST by loveliberty2
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