Pelosi: Oh, this minimum wage thing is happening, just get ready

posted at 6:01 pm on February 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

For a moment there the other week, I was kind of thrown by President Obama’s SOTU suggestion that we hike the minimum wage, and I chalked it up to just another lame, old-and-tired faux-stimulus type of suggestion for growing the economy. As Allahpundit already pointed out yesterday, however, it’s really so much more than that. In the run-up to the 2006 midterms, a minimum wage increase was one of the specific issues Democrats used in their collective campaign to take over the House — and in their desperate upcoming bid to win back the House in 2014, they are ready and rarin’ to use the highly populist issue as a fan to flame that whole “protecting rich people is the only thing binding the GOP together” narrative into which they are once again venturing. (Although, they may not even get the chance to make it a campaign issue, ugh.)

In an interview with Greg Sargent at WaPo today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi affirmed DCCC chair Steve Israel‘s comments about the Democrats’ incoming minimum-wage strategery:

In an interview with me, Nancy Pelosi summed up the message Dems used against Republicans in 2006, and will again use in 2014: “Just keep it simple. We want to raise the minimum wage, and you don’t. Why not?”

… Pelosi tells me she would much prefer that Republicans agree to raise the minimum wage before it ever becomes a campaign issue, but if they don’t, Democrats will rerun the 2006 minimum wage playbook — and that if anything, it will be worse this time, because it encapsulates the argument the parties have been having in the years since the financial crisis heightened public awareness about inequality. …

Pelosi also linked the minimum wage to Keynesian economics: “Our economy is best served by rewarding work, by having those workers be stronger consumers, providing for their families, spending money, and injecting demand into the economy. You cannot deny that putting money into the hands of working people at that level is the best way to grow the economy.”

Oh, can’t I? ‘Cause I’m about to argue that forcing employers to pay their employees more via arbitrary government mandate, means less total employment. Raising the minimum wage is a dumb thing to do during the best of times, but will have an especially harmful impact on low-income workers in this strugglebus of an economy.

But, if you really must insist, here are a few “We want to raise the minimum wage, and you don’t. Why not?” rejoinders for you:

We want to create jobs, and you don’t. Why not?

We want to allow the private-sector economy to grow from the bottom-up instead of shrinking it from the top-down, and you don’t. Why not?

We want to engender the type of robust economic growth that is most effective in lifting people out of poverty, and you don’t. Why not?

We want to maintain opportunities for young people to build skills with part-time and entry-level jobs, and you don’t. Why not?

We want to stop misleading the public with intellectually cheap, populist notions about free money for political gain, and you don’t. Why not?

Bazinga.


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Why don’t we just hike it to 1 Million an hour and everyone will be instantly rich!

Galt2009 on February 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I must of missed when Pelosi was re -elected speaker of the House…

sandee on February 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I favor raising the minimum wage to a ‘living wage’…. something like 15 bucks an hour might be better… pass it in the house and let the Senate vote on it.

El_Terrible on February 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Why don’t we just hike it to 1 Million an hour and everyone will be instantly rich!

Galt2009 on February 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Beat me to it.

ButterflyDragon on February 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I just don’t understand why the GOP can’t explain why hiking hte minimum hurts people and the economy.

thuja on February 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

The republicans should one-up the dems on this one. Go ahead and just raise it to about $15 bucks an hour. If they do it right away there should be more than enough time for the fallout to arrive before the midterms.

trigon on February 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I favor raising the minimum wage to a ‘living wage’…. something like 15 bucks an hour might be better… pass it in the house and let the Senate vote on it.

El_Terrible on February 22, 2013 at 6:06

You ain’t living in Ca. with that wage, unless it’s under a bridge…

sandee on February 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Galt2009:

I shall work for one hour and be done. Unless I’m feeling really greedy, in which case I’ll work for two hours.
Then I’ll retire in style, baby.

Thanks Nancy!

LASue on February 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Don’t McDonald’s employees make $15/hr in North Dakota? If Dems could ever buy a clue in economics the country might stand a chance. Employers have a seller’s market when it comes to hiring right now because there is no growth. When they have to compete to fill jobs again there’ll be no need for discussions on minimum wage.

msmveritas on February 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Want to sell less of something? -raise its price….

genius./

CW on February 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM

We want to stop misleading the public with intellectually cheap, populist notions about free money for political gain, and you don’t. Why not?

Because a population dependent on government is going to vote for their own paycheck. A population that has an independent income can come to independent conclusions.

sharrukin on February 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

so let me get this straight…raise the minimum wage while businesses lower hours to part-time so they can avoid the HHS mandate and larger corporations dump their previous employee healthcare…

Forward!

workingclass artist on February 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I just don’t understand why the GOP can’t explain why hiking hte minimum hurts people and the economy.

thuja on February 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Have you ever heard of “media coverage”?

ladyingray on February 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Those are great rejoinders Erika! Anybody interested? Republican Leadership: “Thanks, we’ll pass.”

Total incompetent fools…pure and simple.

winston on February 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

msmveritas on February 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

THIS!!!!!!!!

ladyingray on February 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Republicans should jump on it. Pass a hike in the minimum wage, take credit, and let Obama get blamed for all the kids and low-skilled that get laid off (who most likely voted for Obama in ’12.)

I favor raising the minimum wage to a ‘living wage’…. something like 15 bucks an hour might be better… pass it in the house and let the Senate vote on it.

El_Terrible on February 22, 2013 at 6:06

Yes! Pass it in the House and let the Senate Democrats kill it. Senate Democrats hate the middle class and working poor! Those monsters! :-)

I just don’t understand why the GOP can’t explain why hiking hte minimum hurts people and the economy.

thuja on February 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Because the Democrats control the media and the narrative. Oh, and people don’t like ‘splaining — not when there is reality TV, Girls, and other crap-o-vision on the tube.

Punchenko on February 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Democrats: burning down the country one bill at a time.

Count to 10 on February 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I favor raising the minimum wage to a ‘living wage’…. something like 15 bucks an hour might be better… pass it in the house and let the Senate vote on it.

El_Terrible on February 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

That’s about $31K a year. For bagging groceries.

Spliff Menendez on February 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

This loon being Speaker of the House again scares the living sh!t out of me.Like Krauthammer said she and her cronies have not yet begun to tax.

jeffinsjvca on February 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Just give everyone a 1 trillion dollar coin.

Then nobody will ever have to work again.

Krugman Economics 101, Volume 1, page 47.

mudskipper on February 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Do it. Let it burn.

Spliff Menendez on February 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

The more the government takes and spends……the richer we all are.

LibLogic 101.

Derp!!

PappyD61 on February 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

That’s about $31K a year. For bagging groceries.

Spliff Menendez on February 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Why do hate the middle class and the working poor? No one can live on $31K a year when they have 3 mouths to feed; child support payments due; a $40K student loan for a degree in Interpretive Lesbian Clog Dancing; and a needy, Lena Dunham-esque whale to feed and shower with ill-fitting clothing.

Grow a heart, man.

Punchenko on February 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Why don’t we just hike it to 1 Million an hour and everyone will be instantly rich!

Galt2009 on February 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

pretty soon a million wont be much my frien, by the time this bunch is thru destroying the dollar. i’ll bet you a trillion dollar coin on it.

t8stlikchkn on February 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

One word: Automation

Bulletchaser on February 22, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Well, hike the minimum wage to $500/hour!

Then they can all be taxed like the “evil millionaires” that they become…

Or is it that we have to pass the minimum wage law before we know what it will be?

ProfShadow on February 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM

The MFM won’t cover the R message is a total cop out at this point. Figure something out!!! They are scared to death of negative coverage…fight like you care for a change!

winston on February 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I must of missed when Pelosi was re -elected speaker of the House…

sandee on February 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Remember back when Pelosi was Speaker of the House and all of the interviews, press conferences, and public speeches that the press had with John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and Eric Cantor?

/Yeah, me neither. The MSM is truly the public relations arm of the DNC. It ought to be covered as “donations in kind” to the democrats.

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

GOP will get rolled if all they do is say “NO” and try to have an intelligent discussion on minimum wage laws. Raise the bar, don’t compromise, and let Democrats choke on it.

El_Terrible on February 22, 2013 at 6:34 PM

This is all about low information voters, the 2014 elections, and union wages tied to the minimum wage…

Seven Percent Solution on February 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Did this old harpy read the bill or do you have to pass it to find out what is in it? botox nan did that with bhocare and just look how that has worked out!
L

letget on February 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

This is all about low information voters, the 2014 elections, and union wages tied to the minimum wage…

Seven Percent Solution on February 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Of course it is. So, the only reasonable response is for the GOP to propose making it $12-$15/hr and force the Dems to explain why that would cause unemployment, just as a federal $9/hr mandate would.

Since the Legacy Media won’t cover someone explaining how, say, the minimum wage has done terrible damage to young black men, there is no other option except to try to beat the Leftists at their own game.

visions on February 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

What about peeps who’s skills aren’t worth nine bucks an hour? They don’t get jobs or are they forced into the unregistered pharmacist sector?

Lost in Jersey on February 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

If I owned a small business, I’d put out an advertising telling the red queen that since she has decided what I should pay my employees, and that business hasn’t gotten better to pay for this raise, here is another problem I have.

Below those words, would be a picture of my employees and the words: “Can’t afford to pay them all now. Nancy. Please tell me which one I should fire?”

kurtzz3 on February 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Well, it’s just another massive job killer, so, of course democrats are all over it – like flies on … obama.

Pork-Chop on February 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM

The best thing you could say for the minimum wage is that it is a state issue and if one of them thinks it is for the best, that is their privilege; but it should not be a Federal matter pushed equally on states with different costs of living and labor rates.

At worst, it is a drag on the economy. The notion that all wage rates must be able to support a family above the poverty level denies the reality that many people are not seeking a job to support a family. Kids seek it for luxuries. Spouses may seek it to be out of the house etc. If the market supplies enough labor at $7.25 to meet the demand then government is making our products less competitive for no reason when it imposes a 20+ % increase.

KW64 on February 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Want to sell less of something anything? -raise its price Tax it….

CW on February 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM

edited for further accuracy

can_con on February 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Die, Pelosi, DIE!

rayra on February 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I want a Republican version that is larger than the Dem version, say $20/hr. Large enough to paint the Dem proposal as “heartless” but not so big as to be evident that it’s a farce.

I’m so Effing sick of being a punching bag. So let’s propose $20/hr. What are the Dems going to do? They know it’s a job killer. They know it will hurt the economy. Are they going to come out and say that? Are they going to come out and say that 20/hr is bad for the economy but 9 isn’t? Good luck painting that distinction with Low-Information America.

It’s just like Rush said. It’s the same Effing trick. Every Effing time. The Dems are Lucy and we’re all Charlie Brown…over and over and over.

Something has to change.

hisfrogness on February 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

The real minimum wage is zero. 8% of the work force are currently earning this. Increasing the phony minimum wage won’t help a single one of them.

Rich H on February 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

It’s just like Rush said. It’s the same Effing trick. Every Effing time. The Dems are Lucy and we’re all Charlie Brown…over and over and over.

Something has to change.

hisfrogness on February 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

!,000,000 %!!!!!

winston on February 22, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Don’t McDonald’s employees make $15/hr in North Dakota? If Dems could ever buy a clue in economics the country might stand a chance. Employers have a seller’s market when it comes to hiring right now because there is no growth. When they have to compete to fill jobs again there’ll be no need for discussions on minimum wage.

msmveritas on February 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

So much for the employers can not afford to pay $9/hour.

I like your idea though just frack like crazy all over the Nation only problem is Oil is not all over the Nation.

With unemployment the way it is the only way to increase pay for the truly poor in the Nation is this method.

So since there is no indication of a Conservative Message for 2014 go ahead and do the minimum wage hike. At least that way there will be one major issue off the table of things to fight the GOP with.

Steveangell on February 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Bottom line is that the minimum wage is a DC offset (to use some engineering terminology) on the economy; i.e., it sets a floor; raising the minimum wage causes a temporary perturbation — and those who make minimum wage are hurt most during that perturbation, but after the transients die out, everything returns to the same condition, just at a higher level. Nobody is helped when things settle out; remember how having a $2 minimum wage would guarantee people a good wage, and then when going to $5 was going to help things? As others have stated, only politicians and unions who tie wages to minimum wage ever come out ahead in this game.

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Here’s a thought, raise the minimum wage to $100 per hour! That way the government can get out of ‘the war on poverty’.

Of course the rest of us will be screwed, but so will those new “minimum wagers”……..and they’ll be able to properly thank they Democratic leaders.

GarandFan on February 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

KW64 on February 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Fine then support a $9/wage for 18+ year olds or even 21. No of course you don’t. This is just a fake argument.

Fact is even for a single person $7.25 will not pay enough for food/rent/transportation.

Fact is $7.25 jobs are almost all jobs that can not move from America and will still exist at $9/hour. The jobs that can be done by robots are/will be done by robots. They are fast coming down in price and up in abilities. Robots will take over low skill jobs within a decade most likely.

Steveangell on February 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

She’s got bats in the belfry!

MCGIRV on February 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

She needs to go back to working the perfume counter at Nordstroms.

johnnyU on February 22, 2013 at 7:21 PM

The real minimum wage is zero. 8% of the work force are currently earning this. Increasing the phony minimum wage won’t help a single one of them.

Rich H on February 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I like this. Better to use real number though. 23 million unemployed. 47 million on food stamps.

monalisa on February 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I just don’t understand why the GOP can’t explain why hiking hte minimum hurts people and the economy.

thuja on February 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Have you ever heard of “media coverage”?

ladyingray on February 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I waste too much time here at Hotair to watch TV, but surely the Republicans get to say a sentence every now and then.

thuja on February 22, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Fact is $7.25 jobs are almost all jobs that can not move from America and will still exist at $9/hour. The jobs that can be done by robots are/will be done by robots. They are fast coming down in price and up in abilities. Robots will take over low skill jobs within a decade most likely.

Steveangell on February 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

This.

The ‘laws’ as set forth from on high by the Democrats demand that we pay a ‘living’ wage.

The Gods of the Copybook headers simply state ‘If you don’t work you die’.

The Laws of Nature and Nature’s god dictate: ‘Adapt or Die’.

Who do you think will win out in the end?

Chaz706 on February 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

I waste too much time here at Hotair to watch TV, but surely the Republicans get to say a sentence every now and then.

thuja on February 22, 2013 at 7:31 PM

A sentence now and then? Sure. Unedited and in context? Not so much. You get edited comments like mcCain’s last night and other PMSDNC edits that misrepresent what was said. Whining? Nope, the reality of the propaganda bubble the republicans have to work within.

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Have you ever heard of “media coverage”?

ladyingray on February 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

…WHAT’S that?

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 7:44 PM

The real minimum wage is zero. 8% of the work force are currently earning this. Increasing the phony minimum wage won’t help a single one of them.

Rich H on February 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

More like 11 percent.

CW on February 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

At least that way there will be one major issue off the table of things to fight the GOP with.

Steveangell

Ahh yes, the old “give dems what they want so we don’t have to fight over it” strategy…which kind of defeats the purpose. Heck, if we just give in on everything, victory will surely be ours, lol.

xblade on February 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

A sentence now and then? Sure. Unedited and in context? Not so much. You get edited comments like mcCain’s last night and other PMSDNC edits that misrepresent what was said. Whining? Nope, the reality of the propaganda bubble the republicans have to work within.

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I believe you. I know the media is biased from my exposure to television outside my home. Maybe we should whine more. I whine about it on Facebook. Five “friends” argue the leftists side against me.

thuja on February 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Fact is even for a single person $7.25 will not pay enough for food/rent/transportation.

Steveangell

And here’s another fact: It’s not supposed to.

Fact is $7.25 jobs are almost all jobs that can not move from America and will still exist at $9/hour.

Steveangell

So that means it’s ok to screw business owners because they have no recourse? How liberal of you.

Meanwhile, aren’t you the clown who said you would never vote for Romney because he supported some democrat policies, yet here you are promoting a democrat policy? Ironic.

xblade on February 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Want to sell less of something? -raise its price….

genius./

CW on February 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Actually, VERY GENIUS.

You guys still keep missing the point and still are naie, and liberlas happily exploit that. No, liberals in charge are not stupid and are not demented, they have a plan. And so far have implemented it step by step. Having less people work and more people on public dole is what they want, USSR style, complete dependency on the government and perpetual voters for liberals.

Wake up and stop being naive. Liberals are not stupid, WE ARE by thinking they are “incompetent”. They are very competent by the looks of it, we usually end up on the losing end, time and again.

riddick on February 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

I favor raising the minimum wage to a ‘living wage’…. something like 15 bucks an hour might be better… pass it in the house and let the Senate vote on it.

El_Terrible on February 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

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I favor deportation . . . . . . . . . . . . as in ‘you to Cuba’.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Wake up and stop being naive. Liberals are not stupid, WE ARE by thinking they are “incompetent”. They are very competent by the looks of it, we usually end up on the losing end, time and again.

riddick on February 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

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I agree with you, but you really should have “qualified” that a little better.

Change “liberals in charge” to “liberal politicians in DC.”
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There’s too many “liberals in charge” on different levels, who really are just “useful idiots.”

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

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I believe you. I know the media is biased from my exposure to television outside my home. Maybe we should whine more. I whine about it on Facebook. Five “friends” argue the leftists side against me.

thuja on February 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

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Apparently the definition of “whining” is arbitrary.

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Perhaps Madame Pelosi will inform us as to how much SHE pays her hotel employees per hour… the ones she and her husband REFUSE to let unionize in Northern California wine country…

“The world wonders…”

Khun Joe on February 22, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Unless the Republicans garner a whole passel of homosexual, Latino, elevated minimum wage hoplophobiacs the party is sunk. Oh, my! ( insert sound of hands being wrung).

Mason on February 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Pelosi also linked the minimum wage to Keynesian economics: “Our economy is best served by rewarding work

Wait, WHAT?!? I thought we got the best return on our dollar from endless unemployment benefits. Don’t we get a return of like a buck seventy-five for every dollar we spend on those? I do believe I recall Queen Nancy saying that.

arik1969 on February 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

KW64 on February 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Fine then support a $9/wage for 18+ year olds or even 21. No of course you don’t. This is just a fake argument.
Fact is even for a single person $7.25 will not pay enough for food/rent/transportation.
Fact is $7.25 jobs are almost all jobs that can not move from America and will still exist at $9/hour. The jobs that can be done by robots are/will be done by robots. They are fast coming down in price and up in abilities. Robots will take over low skill jobs within a decade most likely.

Steveangell on February 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

RINOs have completely destroyed this Party.

Steveangell on February 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Well, at least you’re upfront about it.

RINO in Name Only on February 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Whoever taught economics to Nancy Pelosi should be shot. She’s been using this line for 30 years, and every single time the minimum wage goes up, so does unemployment for entry-level workers.

The real minimum wage is zero. 8% of the work force are currently earning this. Increasing the phony minimum wage won’t help a single one of them.

Rich H on February 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

THIS.

rockmom on February 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Bottom line is that the minimum wage is a DC offset (to use some engineering terminology) on the economy; i.e., it sets a floor; raising the minimum wage causes a temporary perturbation — and those who make minimum wage are hurt most during that perturbation, but after the transients die out, everything returns to the same condition, just at a higher level. Nobody is helped…

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

You got it AZ. Just for one example I’ve heard stories about businesses in close proximity to large numbers of min-wage workers raising their prices the week before a min-wage hike was about to go into effect. Now a bunch of them seem to be “bum shops” (liquor/tobacco outlets), but their owners are no fools: their customers will be paid more and thus they can charge more. Poof, there go the benefits of the wage increase!

You would literally have to have a national price freeze to make the benefits of a min-wage hike truly stick. Not that I’d put such a thing past our lords and masters in DC…

MelonCollie on February 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM

There’s too many “liberals in charge” on different levels, who really are just “useful idiots.”

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

You mean they are not destroying entire states in the process, on local level? Or certain counties within states?

Progressivism/liberalism/communism are nothing but cancer onto society. Doesn’t matter if they are on local or higher level, they simply trickle up eventually.

riddick on February 22, 2013 at 11:19 PM

There’s too many “liberals in charge” on different levels, who really are just “useful idiots.”

listens2glenn on February 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

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You mean they are not destroying entire states in the process, on local level? Or certain counties within states?

Progressivism/liberalism/communism are nothing but cancer onto society. Doesn’t matter if they are on local or higher level, they simply trickle up eventually.

riddick on February 22, 2013 at 11:19 PM

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There are more stupid liberals, who honestly believe their ideology will bring about a better, sovereign United States, than there are liberals who know damn well that what they’re doing is bringing about the destruction of the United States.

The latter can’t be “changed”.

The former, can.

They’re all doing damage, but the well-meaning, stupid ones can be dealt with diplomatically.

The deliberate saboteurs cannot.

listens2glenn on February 23, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Since everything else seems to be indexed to the minimum wage maybe the elderly, like me, should lean on Congress to make minimum wage a base index (in addition to CoL) in determining social security payments. Otherwise the results of the minimum wage increase and medicare cuts are going to wipe out just a whole LOT of seniors.

Maybe it’d be best to leave minimum wage alone, guys. Hmmmm?

{^_^}

herself on February 23, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Ok. I’m convinced. The woman is insane.

sadatoni on February 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Guys, I understand the desire to “one up” the liberals by wanting the GOP to propose a significantly higher min. wage and then have the liberals explain why that will result in unemployment. The problem is that the MSM will not report the proposal, but instead report the words of Nancy and Obama spewing their predictable fear tactics of the “Republicans not caring about the poor and won’t raise their wages to pad the pockets of their big corporate donors.” Obama, parroted by the sycophant MSM, will continue to use buzz words like “obstructionist” for the GOP. As usual, the GOP won’t respond – or they will and won’t be covered by the MSM – and the low information voters will buy it. Why bother anymore? Until there is a complete reset, a wakeup call, there is no chance of turning this leviathan.

Decoski on February 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

rockmom on February 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

She probably does know it doesn’t work, but this is about retaining and expanding power. The low information voter will hear this and applaud it. Keeping and expanding the sheeple is what she is after.

Decoski on February 23, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Why do you want a job killer and price increase minimum wage hike? This is what will happen. Price increases at a time when our money is becoming worthless. This will kill the country and Piglosi is using it as a political hammer against the Rs for the 2014 election and getting her really big gavel back into her bony fingers.

Kissmygrits on February 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

“Our economy is best served by rewarding work, by having those workers be stronger consumers, providing for their families, spending money, and injecting demand into the economy. You cannot deny that putting money into the hands of working people at that level is the best way to grow the economy.

How about cutting taxes then? Oh yeah, that is the “bad” kind of money. Demand isn’t produced just because one has money, Nancy. People.have to want the product being sold, or need it.

Patriot Vet on February 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Kinda makes ya’ wonder what kind of non-living wage Nannygoat pays her slaves (any illegals?) at the multi-million-dollar non-union Peloony Napa vineyard and winery.

stukinIL4now on February 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Yes… let’s counter-propose $15/hr or higher and let Economics 101 begin! It needs to be felt, not preached.

MT on February 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I hope that this time Nancy’s tuna company Star Kist gets the full load of her desires. Somehow they were given a waiver the last time the minimum wage was increased….

All I can say is “Sorry Charlie”

geminicontender on February 24, 2013 at 1:04 AM