Skip to comments.Romney supports automatic hikes in minimum wage
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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Piss on Romney
Paging Ann Coulter. Paging Ann Coulter.
OK, how do you defend this shi’ite?
Channeling Ted Kennedy.
Has this idiot ever promoted anything that is conservative?
What a knucklehead! I thought that this guy Romney was supposed to be an economic conservative, at least. He’s not even that!
You might as well make a macro for this phrase. News writers will be using it a lot over the next few months.
So, there is something he hasn’t flip flopped on. Amazing.
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.
This is what we’re in for once he’s the nominee. Richard Nixon all over again.
Not even if he were on fire.
Vote for Romney - preserve the status quo. People, this is a no-brainer.
Imagine what he’d be like if he wasn’t pro-business!
Ah, a brain teaser!
Alas, I don't have that kind of time...
“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.”
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.
So much for Romney reaching out to the GOP base. More like another middle finger.
I’m sure Ted Kennedy is very proud of Mitt.
Here we go.
You can take the guy out of MA, but you can’t take...
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.
Will somebody please this idiot to take a hike? He’s a disaster.
Will somebody please tell this idiot to take a hike? He’s a disaster.
If he is this liberal before winning the nomination, just imagine how liberal he’d be in office.
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.
He is a good family man! Of course, so was Jimmy Carter.
That is very democratic position for a “conservative” like Romney.
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!”
And yet, we are supposed to believe he is the Colosus of Capitalism and Champion of the Free Market system.
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.
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
Automatic, smaller increases are better than less frequent, larger raises imo. /s
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.
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?
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.
Yes; unfortunately it is one issue he should have flipped on.
I was being sarcastic. Minimum wage increases destroy jobs and freedom.
R0mnunism = 0bammunism = C0mmunism.
I agree with you. But the min wage exists and is effectively used by the left.
I agree but “me tooism” is not the answer. Reframing the issue, and taking it away from the left is.
If you haven’t listen to then how do you know?
High Speed Rail...?
Minimum wage is the prohibition of functional poverty, the imposition of abject dependency upon the poor.
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.
Don’t give him any ideas....
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.
Oooops. Should have said, “He repeated them on “Stossel” recently.”