Democrats, White House, Big Labor getting ready to go big on minimum wage in 2014

posted at 10:01 am on December 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It started out regularly enough, as yet another tactic from the progressive playbook with which Democrats would be able to shamelessly beat their Republican challengers over the head during their 2014 midterm campaigns with the most shallow, populist notions of “fairness” and “inequality” that their deeply misguided faux-economic sensibilities could think up.

But now… it’s become so much more. With ObamaCare definitively on the rocks, their campaign platforms are going to need a serious boost that can double as an outright distraction from the healthcare law’s many vagaries and the president’s lawless response to them — and what better way than with the evergreen economic awfulness that is an arbitrarily determined minimum-wage hike?

They’ve been readying the cannons in earnest, via the NYT:

The effort to take advantage of growing populism among voters in both parties is being coordinated by officials from the White House, labor unions and liberal advocacy groups.

In a series of strategy meetings and conference calls among them in recent weeks, they have focused on two levels: an effort to raise the federal minimum wage, which will be pushed by President Obama and congressional leaders, and a campaign to place state-level minimum wage proposals on the ballot in states with hotly contested congressional races. …

“It puts Republicans on the wrong side of an important value issue when it comes to fairness,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the president’s senior adviser. “You can make a very strong case that this will be a helpful issue for Democrats in 2014. But the goal here is to actually get it done. That’s why the president put it on the agenda.” …

At the same time, Democratic campaign officials and liberal activists — conceding that Democrats face tough prospects in some Senate races — are working to put minimum-wage increases on the ballot next year in places like Arkansas, Alaska and South Dakota. The hope is to stoke Democratic turnout in conservative-leaning states where the party’s Senate candidates have been put on the defensive by the mishandled rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

The wheels of what is quickly becoming a clutch piece of campaign strategery are already well in motion; the White House has already declared their support for a proposal that would jack up the minimum wage to $10.10/hour, and the Obama administration is planning more presidential speeches throughout the year that they hope they’ll be able to conveniently time along with any minimum-wage votes in Congress. Big Labor has offered its undying support for the proposal, of course, and are planning to shore up a grassroots campaign that can take better advantage of the idea at both the state and national levels — an idea that they never seem to fail to grasp is an entirely counterproductive and ultimately harmful method of reducing the income inequality that has only worsened throughout President Obama’s tenure.


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less expensive and more red parts of the state are making more than enough based upon the way Chicago has driven the entire state’s cost of living up

Your coupling “less expensive” and “red parts” is ideology driven.

itsspideyman on December 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Your coupling “less expensive” and “red parts” is ideology driven.

itsspideyman on December 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

But notice that Lib also gets to decide what is enough.

WryTrvllr on December 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Conspicuously absent from libby AKA Michael Eric’s posts is that IL is surrounded by friendlier states to do business & hire people.

22044 on December 30, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Because we shouldn’t cut the minimum wage.

libfreeordie on December 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM

You tied it to the free market in order to keep purchasing power. If prices go down, there’s no logical reason why the minimum wage shouldn’t go down because you can still purchase the same bundle of goods for the same number of hours worked.

blammm on December 30, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I’m still waiting for your expert, economic-based rebuttal.

blammm on December 30, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Yoohoo! Professor! I know you’re reading this.

blammm on December 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM

$20 per hour should be the right’s response. Outbid the left for the LIV vote. Can’t do any more damage than more leftists in Congress would do.

tngmv on December 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM

So those people who live in less expensive and more red parts of the state are making more than enough based upon the way Chicago has driven the entire state’s cost of living up. Also you’re forgetting Bloomington-Normal and Peoria which are blue and, the former, has higher cost of living than most of the state. Without Chicago who knows what minimum wage workers in Illinois would be making.

libfreeordie on December 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

No dumbass, the IL population at large has driven down the overall “cost of living” down, making IL seem not so bad as compared to similar states with similar min wage etc.

But since you’re economically and logically challenged, let me give you a link that will slowly walk you thru the county by county rate of unemployment from 2006 to 2013. Watch the colors – Green is Good, Red is not and watch the donk strongholds go to crap in a hurry compared to the ‘rural’ areas.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6WwkMLa58E

AH_C on December 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Twit!
I’m 43 and Spawn is almost 20
We both work for Walmart. I’m full-time. That’s 40 hrs/week.
We’re both DAMN good at what we do-but our jobs aren’t worth 15 bucks an hour-might not even be worth 10 bucks/hr.. If the federal minimum wage is raised to some unholy amount-it will price folks like me and my son out of the job market. It will also raise the costs of Wally’s ware-including groceries.

I understand the reality-you just want your bleeding heart to feel good,

annoyinglittletwerp on December 30, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Yep, he/she missed the post where I said a few years ago I was making barely over minimum wage AFTER graduating with a Bachelors Degree, but continues to rake me over the coals about the “poor” and some hypothetical widow.

melle1228 on December 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Look to British Columbia….where their version of Sarah Palin is trumpeting Energy Independence, 100,000 new jobs and $1 Trillon in economic impact.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/news-video/20131001theglobendmailchristyclarklng720p3000kbpsmp4/article14643482/

THAT eliminates the need for the Minimim wage arguments in D.C.

Drill, baby Drill.

PappyD61 on December 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Looks like the facts finally burned Zeke/”love of country” and he ran back to his mom’s basement.

22044 on December 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

So if the working poor will be the hardest hit if the minimum wage is increased, why dont you grant their wish by INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE then? After all, they are only hurting themselves correct? Except you think those folks who make minimum wage are so happy to be making it. Won’t be surprised if you think so.

loveofcountry on December 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

You have to be a leftist. Only leftist argue from a place of feeling and then declare themselves the winner without facts.

Someone asked you what minimum wage would make you happy. What do you think is the living standard. Buck up or shut up.

melle1228 on December 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

THAT eliminates the need for the Minimim wage arguments in D.C.

Drill, baby Drill.

PappyD61 on December 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Yup!

AH_C on December 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

The minimum wage is always $0.

growl on December 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

The world needs ditch diggers too-

at $45/an hour.

BigWyo on December 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

The world needs ditch diggers too-

at $45/an hour.

BigWyo on December 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Nahh, communists almost always get plenty of those for free.

WryTrvllr on December 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

WryTrvllr on December 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

What you want to be is the ditch filler-inner. The ditch diggers in those places are often at the bottom of the ditch when the job is done. If you’re a ditch filler-inner, then you have some decent job secuirty.

GWB on December 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

1970 I worked for minimum wage. $1.60/hour. It bought me 10 gallons of gasoline as gas was seldom more than 15.9 cents per gallon. It bought me 16 candy bars at 10 cents each. On sale it bought me 5 Big Macs though it was 3 for a dollar so had to buy 3 or 6. My transmission went out twice. $30 the first time $60 the second as a few gears were destroyed. The house I lived in cost $8,900 for four bedrooms and two baths.

Now the median wage is $12.00/hour and still dropping. It would only buy 3 gallons of gas 10 candy bars that Transmission repair would cost over $1,000. A house over $250,000.

So now the median wage worker is far worse off then the minimum wage in 1970. The American Dream is dead and buried. Back then women did not even need to work their husband made enough and people had 5 children. Now days you can not afford 2 children.

Meanwhile the rich are far richer. Their income is skyrocketing while 90% of Americans are losing income quickly.

But sure argue for lower wages. What could possibly go wrong? After all the GOPe message worked so well in 2012. Ignore the Tea party and their historic 2010 wins.

Steveangell on December 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Steveangell on December 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/12/30/hollande-looks-to-boost-french-economy-by-cementing-that-new-and-improved-millionaire-tax-makes-sense/

Because 3 gallons of gas is better than none. (and probably more than O’Bozo’s EPA wants you to have anyway)

WryTrvllr on December 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

What you want to be is the ditch filler-inner. The ditch diggers in those places are often at the bottom of the ditch when the job is done. If you’re a ditch filler-inner, then you have some decent job secuirty.

GWB on December 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Strangely enough, the communists never had trouble finding people to fill ditches either.

questionmark on December 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

By your logic if we can somehow drop the minimum wage to 20 cents an hour, we will have full employment correct? How the far right comes up with this stuff is just baffling. Then again, most of them only repeat what their corporate Fox News “experts” tell them.

loveofcountry on December 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

By your logic if we can somehow raise the minimum wage to $2000 per hour, we will have utopia, right?

I mean, if you can throw out ridiculously feeble extreme strawman arguments, I can slap you back in the face with one, right?

How you make it through the day without soiling yourself (if you do) is just baffling.

Midas on December 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Steveangell on December 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I made 75 cents an hour at my first job. I drove a 1940 Ford Deluxe that I bought myself. (I was fifteen.)

The next year I got a huge raise and was making $1.00 an hour. I had to get new tires for my ride. Four 16″ 6.50 tires cost $25. All four, balanced and mounted.

davidk on December 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Steveangell on December 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Since 1970, does the Unites States, in general, have more economic liberty or less economic liberty? Anyone that is capable of rational thought would agree that the US has much less economic liberty. As the saying goes, every time congress meets we lose liberty, even in incremental amounts. But it adds up over time.

How many pages have been added to the Federal Register between 1970 and 2014?

The solution is not decreasing economic liberty even more (in this case via higher federal mandated wages) but rather turning back the clock.

Sometimes true “progress” is decreasing regulations and unleashing the economy.

visions on December 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

So if the working poor will be the hardest hit if the minimum wage is increased, why dont you grant their wish by INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE then? After all, they are only hurting themselves correct? Except you think those folks who make minimum wage are so happy to be making it. Won’t be surprised if you think so.
 
loveofcountry on December 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

 
You have to be a leftist. Only leftist argue from a place of feeling and then declare themselves the winner without facts.
 
melle1228 on December 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

 
At least she didn’t suggest that you leave the country.

rogerb on December 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM

No, our logic is that the minimum wage was NEVER meant to be a “living wage” for a family. It was meant for those just starting and teenagers. If you want a living wage for your family, don’t have a family until you can afford them.

You frickin people kill me. Every time the wage is increased people get laid off, so go ahead increase it to $20 a hour, because next year you idiots will be crying that 10 isn’t enough for a “living wage.” At least us ‘far righties” don’t move the f89^in goal posts on our arguments every time we whine.

melle1228 on December 30, 2013 at 12:49

So by your logic once someone passes the age of 18, they should turn down all minimum wage jobs simply because they are for teenagers and those starting off. God forbid a widowed mother of 3 gets laid off and needs a job pending the time she finds her ideal job. The far right will advocate she turn down the job simply because its a job for teenagers. And they wonder why we have so many people on welfare.

Good thing is everyone outside of the far right bubble disagrees. The minimum wage will be increased eventually whether u like it or not.

loveofcountry on December 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM

loveofcountry saying, “by your logic” is a bit like a toddler playing with a razor blade — painful to watch.

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 30, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Because one of the world’s largest cities is in Chicago. Duh..

libfreeordie on December 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Not even close. It’s the 24th largest in the world.

Chicago-

Del Dolemonte on December 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM

…God forbid a widowed mother of 3…
 
Good thing is everyone outside of the far right bubble disagrees. The minimum wage will be increased eventually whether u like it or not.
 
loveofcountry on December 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM

 
FWIW, I agree with you, and thank God that widower will get the wage increase to pay for the gallon of milk that now costs $4 for some bizarre and completely unrelated reason.

rogerb on December 30, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Widow, not -er.

rogerb on December 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Really Del? 24th largest out of over 36,000 cities around the globe is “not even close ?” Child, please.

libfreeordie on December 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Squirrel!

And… The Republicans are a bunch evil uncaring greedy capitalist bastards who love the rich and hate the poor. And they’re racists, too.

And… More money for everyone! We’ll get it from those evil greedy uncaring rich capitalists. Pay no attention to those busy socialists behind the curtain.

farsighted on December 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Marxist parasite troll at work.

farsighted on December 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

By your logic if we can somehow drop the minimum wage to 20 cents an hour, we will have full employment correct?

loveofcountry on December 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

An illustration of just how stupid, moronic, and ignorant of market economics a useful idiot can be.

farsighted on December 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I cannot beleive how utterly ignorant these libs are. Some basic economics. If you artificially increase the minimum wage one of three things has to happen. One, the employer, in order to stay in business, has to reduce his workforce and make due with fewer workers, causing more harm to those lower wage folks. Two, the employer, if he can, will increase the price of his good or service, causing more harm to all consumers. Three, he closes up shop and everyone is without a job. This would be an absolute disaster for our economy. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Ta111 on December 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Really Del? 24th largest out of over 36,000 cities around the globe is “not even close ?” Child, please.

libfreeordie on December 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Facts beg to differ…

Midas on December 30, 2013 at 8:07 PM

The minimum wage is always $0.

growl on December 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Not if you have the mental defect that democrats do.

TX-96 on December 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

What these people never get is that when you raise the wage of the lowest worker, that has to trickle all the way up the organization.

If over $10/hr. minimum wage was enacted, that is more than what our current minimum wage workers make – they do make more now than the mandated minimum, we do that in order to secure the best and brightest, even in these entry-level positions.

$10/hour would also put these workers above the pay of the next level on the employment scale, so everyone at this step would need a raise. And so on and so forth all the way up the line throughout the organization.

So, great, everyone gets a raise! But the organization needs to either make a profit, if for-profit, or balance its budget – if not-for-profit or tax supported.

The for-profit will cut jobs and/or raise prices on its products or services. If these products or services are things that even minimum wage workers need or use, then the boost in minimum wage doesn’t do much good, now does it?

The not-for-profit or tax-supported only has two options, which are to cut jobs or cut back on other areas of service they do in order to keep up with the increased amounts they are now dishing out towards wages.

You want a higher wage? How about go out and do something that improves yourself to improve your situation in life. Learn a skill, a trade, or get an education to secure a brighter future. If you think you can get by flipping burgers or sweeping the aisles at Walmart your entire life, sorry, I don’t have any sympathy for those that don’t try to work to improve their lot in life.

italianguy626 on December 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM

The entire concept of a minimum wage is silly and antithetical to a free market. The GOP should reject the premise that we even need a minimum wage.

nazo311 on December 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Don’t stop at $10, why not go for $50 or $100/hr?

nazo311 on December 30, 2013 at 8:22 PM

How you make it through the day without soiling yourself (if you do) is just baffling.

Midas on December 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM

rofl, I just don’t see why the trolls would come here to get the shit kicked out of them repeatedly by logic, common sense, snark and good old insults.

arnold ziffel on December 30, 2013 at 9:25 PM

The entire concept of a minimum wage is silly and antithetical to a free market. The GOP should reject the premise that we even need a minimum wage.

nazo311 on December 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

The GOP—- a coherent, conservative, consistent thought? They are scared of pajama boy.

arnold ziffel on December 30, 2013 at 9:26 PM

The wheels of what is quickly becoming a clutch piece of campaign strategery are already well in motion

a major part of the GOP problem is that they have no idea how to run against committed leftists with an agenda and a GOTV that they plan out for years ahead.

So as usual, the RINO party pats itself on the back about doing so well in 2014 (against both the tea party and the left) and looking forward to a 2016 shoe in…when, whoops, they fall 5 votes shy in the Senate and barely hang on in the house.

can we glimmer a 2014 national campaign for the left…well, yes we can. 1. War on Women 2. War on Gays 3. Grinding the unemployed into the ground by not moving Forward with UI extension..4. Minimum wage worked extra well in 2006.

basically social and economic liberation.

but don’t worry…Karl and the brain trust have it all worked out. Run against barry.care…and pass Amnesty. A sure winner boys!

r keller on December 30, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Um, guys?

The logic of the Left, vs common sense, can be summed up in this paradox:

* When it comes to individual businesses, where wealth really is a zero sum game (in that a business only has X dollars to spend on wages), a liberal believes the businessman’s pocket is limitless; BUT

* In a national/global economy, where wealth creation is unconstrained (i.e., potentially limitless due to increasing production of ores, agriculture/dairy/cattle, timber, and petroleum), a liberal believes that wealth creation at this level is a zero-sum game.

Lesson learned? Simple.

To be a liberal, you have to think of everything the way it is, then process it through your head in an a$$-backward manner.

Thus, the local businessman now has unlimited resources to support an unlimited rise in the base wage rate law: because he can pay all of his staff a mythical “living wage” without any consequences to his bottom line.

See how easy this is???

Wanderlust on December 30, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Attempting to drive the minimum wage upward cannot solve this, because the transmission of policy, no matter what policy, is inefficient. This is the lesson of nature that we express in the physical realm in the laws of thermodynamics, which can be restated as the following principle:

There is no such thing as a free lunch, and in fact there is no such thing as breaking even. That is, all transmutations are inefficient.

This is no less true in economics than it is in any other area of our lives.

There is no economic system, and there will never be one, that doesn’t honor this principle. It’s not possible because “unity” (no loss) is the best theoretical outcome and to achieve it you require perfect decision-making and execution.

To believe in that is to elevate your opinion of yourself to that of God.

If you believe in such things, bluntly, you’re an arrogant ******* full of unearned hubris and have managed to get drunk on your own press. Like everyone who does so you will eventually discover, much to your chagrin, that you’re full of crap.

Those who wish to believe in Unicorns are free to do so, but when they try to force their beliefs onto others via laws and regulations they set us up for horrific consequences.

Those who are ignorant of these above facts can only be charged with stupidity.

Those who are not get malice aforethought added to their indictment.

Murphy9 on December 30, 2013 at 10:26 PM

They don’t care whether or not it improves people’s lives, or whether it raises the unemployment rate. It’ll make great headlines, and the low information voters the Dems rely on will vote for it, destroying their own prospects of moving up the ladder.

tpitman on December 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Call their bluff. Demand $100 an hour minimum for everybody, no exceptions, and move to amend the bill to that effect. If you can legislate a “living wage”, why not legislate wealth?

Skipper50 on December 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM

We must finally address the INEQUALITY in our economic system. We must begin to offer real hope, real change, and begin to remake and build a NEW America…..

….let us finally turn the page on all the injustices of our flawed history. We must say to those that have been penalized by others that “you too should have an equal shot at great healthcare, and affordable housing, the same guarantee of retirement security that those most fortunate have”. We must say loud and clear that outcome equality is within our reach. THIS is the dream of our founders, our forefathers, and this is the cry of our children. We MUST do what we must to make this a reality in our New Amerika.

Tell me this couldn’t be the theme of the next Democrat nominee in 2016……I dare you.

http://youtu.be/yzBvQ9EeF3k

PappyD61 on December 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Facts beg to differ…

Midas on December 30, 2013 at 8:07 PM

…my beer…just went down the wrong pipe!
LOL!

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Because they haven’t shuttered enough businesses yet. Keep on keepin on, Mr. President, you’ll get there!

evergreen on December 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM

The majority of the states have a minimum wage higher then the Feds or are tied in with the CPI. This is just cheap pandering for 2014 votes. It is the Democrates way to get votes. After all the Feds minimum wage is only the bottom cost of owning a slave.

jpcpt03 on December 31, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Raise minimum wage…

Unemployment goes up…

More on welfare and/or unemployment…

Raise minimum wage…

Meremortal on December 31, 2013 at 1:55 AM

The principle is clearly established: raising the costs of any commodity, including labor, reduces demand for that commodity.

However, all the actual studies on the effect increases in the minimum wage have shown that small increases really have no detectable effect on minimum wage employment.

There are several possible explanations for this. For instance, the number of workers actually earning the minimum at any given time is very small, and almost always entry level workers. We find that even the part-time hamburger flipper will get some raises almost automatically with merely satisfactory job performance.

And if you are in an entry position long enough to earn those raises and do not, the odds are the manager will fire you before the probationary period is over, because you are basically a useless warm body who probably voted for Obama.

With so few at that level, the effect is much less than theory holds, and certainly not worth taking political damage over.

Adjoran on December 31, 2013 at 2:42 AM

With so few at that level, the effect is much less than theory holds, and certainly not worth taking political damage over.

Adjoran on December 31, 2013 at 2:42 AM

Almost certainly true. But as italianguy626 noted at 8:17 pm, a raise in entry level pay requires a raise in all the pay grades.

This is a no win for the GOP. Best bet is to sit on their hands. I realize it sounds pessimistic, but there is no way, short of a lot more “low hanging fruit” that this country escapes economic ruin. LIB isn’t a choice anymore. It will anyway.
The GOP should avoid this trap. Not play the Dims game. And, Skipper50, No way should they “call their bluff by suggesting $50″ cause who will the media blame when the obvious results kick in.

WryTrvllr on December 31, 2013 at 5:16 AM

Or mitigate the damage by negotiating a slightly smaller rise.

WryTrvllr on December 31, 2013 at 5:28 AM

A minimum wage increase has electrolytes.

rogerb on December 31, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Could try to tie it to a reinstatement of the “workfare” rules, beyond O’bozo’s ability to waive them.

WryTrvllr on December 31, 2013 at 6:19 AM

Captain Kirk there are always alternatives.

Here is a radical anti government proposal that will increase the standard of living with out inflation.

REDUSE THE COST OF LIVING.

Get government wasteful spending under control and pass the savings on to “We The People”.
Reduce cronyism. Remove incompetence. Hold our officials accountable for their actions.

jpcpt03 on December 31, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Republicans should simply refuse to engage them on this. It’s nothing but a political deflection. Democrats don’t want to talk about what a gigantic mess they’ve made of America’s healthcare system. Look right into the cameras, Republicans, and call it what it is.

Murf76 on December 31, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Oh… and remind your fellow Americans that a better burger-flipping wage is the best Democrats have to offer. They’ve got nothing to say about trade imbalances or bringing back manufacturing. Their apparent expectations are that we should all simply get used to “the new normal” of retail jobs.

Murf76 on December 31, 2013 at 7:19 AM

How’s about “going big” on a balanced budget and lowering our debt and deficit?

Amazingoly on December 31, 2013 at 7:31 AM

A minimum wage increase has electrolytes.

rogerb on December 31, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Kunta Kinte libfreeordie = President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

blammm on December 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Don’t let them re-frame the fight.

2014 is about obamacare and tyrannical Federal Government. Period.

a5minmajor on December 31, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Essentially this creates a larger market for illegals and businesses that will break the law and pay below minimum wage for their services. Trades such as carpentry, drywall, roofing and of course fast food rely heavily on illegals (Here in the Mountain West) and they completely driven out the bidders who follow the law. (Union shops have all but disappeared outside of government contracts)

notalemon on January 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

We need to remind everyone of what happened the last time Democrats messed with the economy (oh yes, Democrat Obamacare ™ and it’s not done yet, is it?).

Democrats cannot be trusted with important issues – let them decide the Oscars, but nothing beyond.

virgo on January 4, 2014 at 3:41 AM

Why is it so difficult for so many people to “get” this? Sure, raise the min wage to $15. Why not make it $50? Then the cost of EVERYTHING will go up at that same rate and the minimum wage earners will remain in the same boat. MINIMUM wage will always be the MINIMUM. That means they make less than everyone else that actually works for a living.

I guess math is hard and common sense is uncommon.

Oink on January 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

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