Romney: Let’s raise the minimum wage

posted at 2:01 pm on May 9, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Alternate headline: Romney not running for President in 2016. Mike Barnicle braced Mitt Romney on the GOP’s demographic issues and its “conservative bent” on popular initiatives like immigration reform and a minimum-wage hike. Romney talks about the big tent of Republicanism, but notes that he supports a minimum-wage hike:

“I think we ought to raise it, because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us,” Romney said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

In recent days, two of Romney’s former opponents, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty, have also urged their part to raise the minimum wage.

Republicans are correct to aim toward blue-collar economics, especially after the debacle of focusing on the so-called “47 percent.” The minimum-wage hike, especially as proposed by the Obama administration, is the wrong way to go about it. The US has repeatedly hiked the minimum wage, and yet has ended up in the same position in regard to the percentage living in poverty anyway. Why? Because raising the minimum wage only temporarily boosts buying power, as prices rise and jobs erode in response to the higher costs it imposes.

In fact, as the CBO pointed out, the majority of the costs end up being borne by the poor the minimum-wage hike is supposed to help:

Once fully implemented in the second half of 2016, the $10.10 option would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers, or 0.3 percent, CBO projects (see the table below). As with any such estimates, however, the actual losses could be smaller or larger; in CBO’s assessment, there is about a two-thirds chance that the effect would be in the range between a very slight reduction in employment and a reduction in employment of 1.0 million workers

The increased earnings for low-wage workers resulting from the higher minimum wage would total $31 billion, by CBO’s estimate. However, those earnings would not go only to low-income families, because many low-wage workers are not members of low-income families. Just 19 percent of the $31 billion would accrue to families with earnings below the poverty threshold, whereas 29 percent would accrue to families earning more than three times the poverty threshold, CBO estimates.

Moreover, the increased earnings for some workers would be accompanied by reductions in real (inflation-adjusted) income for the people who became jobless because of the minimum-wage increase, for business owners, and for consumers facing higher prices.

If minimum-wage hikes solves problems of poverty and inequality, then we would have solved both of those issues decades ago. We have yet to see any evidence that they actually produce anything but an extremely short-term benefit, and mostly to those who don’t need it. (Amity Shlaes presented an argument this week that it actually made the unemployment situation during the Depression substantially worse.) Unfortunately, the GOP hasn’t done a very good job of pointing out the pitfalls of this policy, while Democrats mainly demagogue the point on “fairness.”

What kind of economic message should Republicans have? We need to focus on policies that expand opportunity, especially in the entrepreneurial arena. The massive decline of business births over the last several decades has curtailed the kind of job creation and economic expansion that puts pressure on labor markets to increase compensation. As I argued in my column for The Fiscal Times this week, that decline is a result of a massively-expanded federal regulatory regime that stifles start-ups while giving advantage to rent-seeking large players in markets:

The problem, therefore, is national, and must relate to regulatory or tax policy or a combination of both. During this period, though, taxes didn’t increase sharply for businesses, at least not until recently.  With few and temporary exceptions, though, the federal regulatory regime has only increased.  The Phoenix Center pointed out this implacable escalation in its April 2011 policy bulletin on regulatory expenditures.

As a share of private sector GDP, the federal regulatory burden has increased over the same period as this study. The Phoenix Center recommended at the time that even a small decrease in federal regulatory burden – just 5 percent, roughly decreasing the regulatory budget by less than $3 billion – would generate an additional $75 billion in the economy and add 1.19 million new jobs to the private sector.

Instead, we passed Obamacare.

We have another indirect method to test this conclusion, too. Expanded regulation tends to favor larger and more established firms in a market, which have more resources and better economies of scale to deal with compliance issues. Sure enough, the Brookings Institution study found that kind of dynamism alive and well. “Whatever the reason,” the authors conclude, “older and larger businesses are doing better relative to younger and smaller ones.”

Instead of increasing costs on business and stifling even more jobs, the GOP should be aiming at cost and regulatory reductions, an expansion of energy production to lower costs even further, and streamlining the tax code to rid ourselves of the rent-seeking policies that offer unfair advantages to larger players. Republicans and conservatives should consider a more comprehensive and deliberate effort to rein in market consolidations on that basis, too. Anti-trust has always been more of a function of the other end of the political spectrum, but any effort to defeat crony capitalism has to aim at two targets: the reduction of centralized power in the public sector, and the reduction of centralized power in the private sector. Unless we’re serious about both, we’re not serious about ending crony capitalism, and we’re not serious about blue-collar economics.


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Trifecta: the Pope/obama/Romney

Gesundheit!!!

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Smartest man ever to run for president! EVER!

More businesses are leaving the marketplace today than are entering it. Is now the time to make things worse? Romney says yes!

astonerii on May 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Mitt Romney, Democrat

ElectricPhase on May 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Dear God, the abyss is near, and how fine it is!

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

We wouldn’t need to raise the minimum wage if the Fed hadn’t been printing money for the last 5 years.

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Clinton / Romney 2016

Mark Boabaca on May 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Alternate headline: Romney not running for President in 2016.

Other Alternates:

Romney kneecaps Republicans, sides with Democrats

Romney boosts Democrats, hampers Republicans

With Battlelines drawn, Romney defects to Liberals

portlandon on May 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

This might be an even better thread than the one with the Pope’s “legitimate redistribution” by state, i.e. global tax. He did mention “saving the environment while legitimately redistributing”.

Global Tax

Amnesty

High global minimum wage

Hallelujah

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Maybe it’s not such a bad thing that he lost afterall….

dentarthurdent on May 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Jeb Bush/Romney, on either ticket, 2016

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Where is Joana,Petunia,BuyDanish,Basilsbest,KingGold to tell us why Romney is brilliant, and correct and anyone who doesn’t agree is a TrueCon mouth breathing Tea Party Racist?

portlandon on May 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

DIABLOs (Democ-rats in all but labe only – h/t LegendHasIt), I hate your guts way more than I could ever hate the worst marxist in this once good world.

I hope you all burn, in the 10th, the ninth being a freezer for you. YOU enable the moronic hypocritical leftist latrine worms and Guinea worms; thus, you are way worse, way worse. I wish you nothing but the worst.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

all but label only, but you knew that.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Romney is losing the hotair primary. oh no!

increase the minimum wage is like asking to give back Texas to Mexico. Doesn’t he read hotair. Treason!

coolrepublica on May 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Jeantel of HA, the Cuban moocher of the land, agrees with Romney…all you need to know.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Mitt Romneycare taking the liberal side of an issue.

I’m shocked, shocked I say!

18-1 on May 9, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I recommend the min wage be $5000/hr.

BobMbx on May 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Head, meet desk brick wall.

The ONLY place Mittens would have been better than Teh SCOAMT would be foreign policy…mostly because Teh SCOAMT has no foreign policy.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Once fully implemented in the second half of 2016, the $10.10 option would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers, or 0.3 percent, CBO projects (see the table below). As with any such estimates, however…

 
I’m fine with this so long as we cut all funding to the social programs like EITC, Section 8, food stamp expansion, etc.) that went into effect after 1969, which is the year they’re basing the $10.10 on.
 
OR we count them as income to recipients. Either one.

rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

increase the minimum wage is like asking to give back Texas to Mexico. Doesn’t he read hotair. Treason!

I’m willing to give Mexico back the coastal half of California for the low low price of free.

And hey, it would make both sides better off!

18-1 on May 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

God bless America!

This socialist fool allowed marxist obama to beat him.

Maybe there is justice in the world.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Head, meet desk brick wall wood chipper.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

More in line.

astonerii on May 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Sovereign bankruptcies have a unique way of restoring financial sanity.

BobMbx on May 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Other Alternates:

Romney kneecaps Republicans, sides with Democrats

Romney boosts Democrats, hampers Republicans

With Battlelines drawn, Romney defects returns home to Liberals

portlandon on May 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

ReWrite™ engaged for historical accuracy.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Kitty, kitty, kitty…RINOs for Mittens, come out and play…mice over here.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Epic Fail.

Keep voting establishment GOP….

Oil Can on May 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Question. Why is Mitt Romney going on MSNBC and pandering and pontificating about this? Is he hawking a book? Does he plan to run again?

TarheelBen on May 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Trifecta: the Pope/obama/Romney

Gesundheit!!!

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:02 PM

We haven’t had an Obama goes to Wal-Mart thread yet.

RickB on May 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

“Mhhh, I need a good Sec. of Commerce…Romney” — Hillary

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

“I think we ought to raise it, because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us,” Romney said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Mittens is still an idiot loser. Even if this moron thought that various minimum wages were too low then he should be able to understand that it isn’t the place of the feral government to be dictating the minimum wage, anyway. That would be an issue for each state to decide, if it saw fit.

Of course, Mittens always remained a fan of national socialized health insurance/care, so the fact that he’s too daft to understand this is no big surprise.

I wish these losers would just STFU and go away after they get trounced in elections by third-world, brain-dead, anti-American douchebag dog-eaters. One would think that even a modicum of self-respect would keep one out of the public eye after having lost to such an incompetent, inept, moronic turd who had just had the worst (illegitimate) precedential term in history and had just spent time dancing on the coffins of dead Americans while he lied his third-world azz off …

Hey, Mittens … Go away. Leave. Be gone. Disappear. STFU.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Thank you Republican establishment. With more stellar candidates like this, we’ll surely end this country in no time.

LoganSix on May 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

We haven’t had an Obama goes to Wal-Mart thread yet.

RickB on May 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I think we did, when Moochelle went there, pretending to know where she was.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Democrat.

Grammar Nazi on May 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

…shut up Mitt!…look who you let be president!

KOOLAID2 on May 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Mitt is very handsome, intelligent, attractive man. He looks like Matthew Fox’s, from Lost, distinguished, older brother. Plus it’s kinda sexy that he can speak French…..ooh la la!

sheryl on January 16, 2008 at 11:06 PM

portlandon on May 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

It will not economically work…

sorrowen on May 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Here’s a sneak peek at a futuristic world where liberals and progressives have won out over conservatism. It shows what is possible in a world without guns, cars, coal-fired power plants, where income inequality is non-existent, and everyone is entitled to the same level of healthcare without cost. You’ll see communities uniting in order solve major problems, diversity, and a yearning to learn from other cultures. It is Utopia.

BobMbx on May 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

That’s severely liberal of him.

Rix on May 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Once

“The minimum wage is important to our economy and Mitt Romney supports minimum wage increase, at least in line with inflation.”
- Romney 2002 campaign website

Twice

Governor Mitt Romney yesterday rejected the Legislature’s plan to raise the state minimum wage to $8 an hour over two years, angering Democratic lawmakers and advocates who accused him of abandoning a 2002 campaign pledge to significantly boost the pay of low-wage workers.
- Boston Globe, July 22, 2006

And the triple!!

Romney: Let’s raise the minimum wage
- 2014

So this is like a triple back flip for Romney?

Very impressive!

sharrukin on May 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Mitt. Seriously. GO AWAY!

Warner Todd Huston on May 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

And you thought RomneyCare was a political aberration for this guy? Silly conservatives!

WordsMatter on May 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I’m glad that I no longer identify as a Republican else I might be a little perturbed that I voted for the guy.

higgins1991 on May 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Romney is losing the hotair primary. oh no!

increase the minimum wage is like asking to give back Texas to Mexico. Doesn’t he read hotair. Treason!

coolrepublica on May 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Stupidity doesn’t become you.

RickB on May 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Republicans don’t even make coherent arguments in opposition to leftist policies anymore. This is all about “See, see I’m not a mean-old extremist!”

Brian in Titletown on May 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Someone needs to tell part-time Granite Stater Romney that just the other day, the Democrat-controlled New Hampshire Legislature (which size-wise is third to only Congress and Parliament in Britain) rejected the latest legislation attempting to raise the minimum wage.

Del Dolemonte on May 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

O/T: Boehner has made his Benghazi committee selections. Nancy is still consulting her magic eight ball.

WisRich on May 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

So this is like a triple back flip for Romney?

Very impressive!

sharrukin on May 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

The Triple Mitt-ney

BobMbx on May 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

I say this with all sincerity- I think Romney is going to be a better president than Reagan.

drballard on October 11, 2011 at 4:52 PM

portlandon on May 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Reason #46 why we don’t call him Mr. President.

CurtZHP on May 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Kitty, kitty, kitty…RINOs for Mittens, come out and play…mice over here.

Schadenfreude

Make no mistake, they would be in full support of this and any other left wing nonsense advocated by Romney/GOP were they here.

xblade on May 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

In recent days, two of Romney’s former opponents, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty, have also urged their part to raise the minimum wage.

I guess we found The Issue Santorum will split from the base on to claim his NextInLine™ crown (assuming Jeb Bush doesn’t run, that is).

Speaking of that, I expect Bush to follow suit shortly to really make the divorce between Republicans and conservatives official.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Oh fer cryin’ out loud. Why does the other side get to have liberals, but we can’t have conservatives?

How many issues can we surrender on? I’d kill to see a leading conservative propose eliminating the minimum wage. It’s about changing the dialogue.

Dongemaharu on May 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Here’s a sneak peek at a futuristic world where liberals and progressives have won out over conservatism. It shows what is possible in a world without guns, cars, coal-fired power plants, where income inequality is non-existent, and everyone is entitled to the same level of healthcare without cost. You’ll see communities uniting in order solve major problems, diversity, and a yearning to learn from other cultures. It is Utopia.

BobMbx on May 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Damn, I thought it will be a jail. But that fits, too. :)

Rix on May 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

“I think we ought to raise it, because frankly, our party is all about more jobs”

Are you really that stupid, Mitt?

Do you really think that raising the minimum wage will create more jobs?

It is a FACT that EACH of the last 3 times that the Democrat majority raised the minimum wage, EMPLOYMENT DROPPED!

==============================================

The Bush Tax Cut recovery, which improved employment levels (from 62.0% in September 2003 to 63.4% in December 2006) and increased revenues (FY 2007 revenues were a whopping 44% larger than FY 2003 revenues!) came to a sudden end when Democrats took control of both houses Congress on January 3, 2007.

What did Democrats do as soon as they took majority control?

On January 5, 2007, just two days into the new Democrat majority, Democrats introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage three times in three years. That bill was eventually passed as a rider to troop funding (the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007), and the minimum wage was raised three times in three years, from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour (a more than 40% increase in 3 years).

==============================================
Again, EACH time that the Democrat majority raised the minimum wage, EMPLOYMENT DROPPED!
==============================================

The Democrat majority raised the minimum wage:

1) Up $0.70 to $5.85 per hour on 2007-07-24,
2) up $0.70 to $6.55 per hour on 2008-07-24,
3) up $0.70 to $7.25 per hour on 2009-07-24.

… and the Employment-Population ratio dropped to:

62.9% in July 2007,
62.2% in July 2008,
59.3% in July 2009.

The Employment-Population ratio has now been BELOW 59.0% for 56 consecutive months (more than FOUR AND HALF YEARS) from September 2009 to April 2014!

(And of course, Obama and many Democrats want to foolishly raise the minimum wage AGAIN now, to $10.10/hr!)

Democrat majority economic policies have hurt businesses and workers, especially young workers who need entry-level jobs.

If they want to have any HOPE, then they need to vote for CHANGE in November 2014.

ITguy on May 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The GOP knew this was coming over a year ago. They should have called Obama’s bluff and passed a $20 minimum wage. Now they’re going to look like aholes instead.

El_Terrible on May 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

So this is like a triple back flip for Romney?
Very impressive!

sharrukin on May 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Hunce, fice, tree times a maby….

dentarthurdent on May 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

More in line.

astonerii on May 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Touche.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

increase the minimum wage is like asking to give back Texas to Mexico. Doesn’t he read hotair. Treason!

coolrepublica on May 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Obviously you don’t read Hot Air. If you would read this article you would know that jacking up the minimum wage just kills jobs and inflates the price of everything.

TarheelBen on May 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

“I think we ought to raise it, because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us,” Romney said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

In recent days, two of Romney’s former opponents, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty, have also urged their part to raise the minimum wage.

Then take your show on the road to all 50 states and urge them to raise their minimum wage.

I am sick and tired of politicians, especially Republicans, pushing these supposed one-size solutions from Washington DC. At least I expect it from Democrats.

All the politicians lobbying for an increase in the Federal Minimum wage should be beating down the doors of the state legislatures at home.

If the Federal Government has the authority to pass the minimum wage, why wouldn’t they have the authority to limit the maximum minimum wage set in the states?

Imagine forcing states to reduce their minimum wages because they violate the federal minimum wage maximum or the federal maximum minimum wage.

2 sides of the same coin.

Idiocy.

airupthere on May 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Mitt would have been the best President since Reagan, but he’s wrong about this. I suspect he knows that raising the minimum wage hurts employment and working conditions and that it does not significantly help the truly poor, but he probably also thinks the Republicans should go along with the idea for political reasons. Bad move.

DisneyFan on May 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

If you offer me a certain amount of money for a certain amount of work, and I agree to provide that work for that much money, it’s nobody else’s business.

Abolish minimum wage.

Bat Chain Puller on May 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

We haven’t had an Obama goes to Wal-Mart thread yet.

RickB on May 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM
I think we did, when Moochelle went there, pretending to know where she was.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

This is the one I’m talking about.

RickB on May 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

So this is like a triple back flip for Romney?

Very impressive!

sharrukin on May 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Actually, in 2012 he offered a permanently self adjusting minimum wage tied to inflation.

astonerii on May 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Ann Coulter to defend in 3…2…1

will77jeff on May 9, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Hunce, fice, tree times a maby….

dentarthurdent on May 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Officially, its “unce, tice, fee times a mady…”

BobMbx on May 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

electable!!!! 11

Sachiko on May 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

You would have done a blog post on this if you were really interested in exposing crony capitalism.

Wigglesworth on May 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

RickB on May 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

He can tout all he wants. NO one is listening to him any more. Too bad the Rs aren’t any better.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

We wouldn’t need to raise the minimum wage if the Fed hadn’t been printing money for the last 5 101 years. John the Libertarian on May 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Akzed on May 9, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Can I be honest here and say I am glad he isn’t our president? The knife stings worse when slammed into your back, than your front.

Irritable Pundit on May 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Classic

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Actually, in 2012 he offered a permanently self adjusting minimum wage tied to inflation.

astonerii on May 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I missed that one, though in all fairness he changes his opinions as often as he changes his suit.

sharrukin on May 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Harry Reid, 7 years ago:

We have waited for over 10 years to have a clean vote on the minimum wage for the poorest workers in this country Low-wage workers had their wages frozen in time, from 10 years ago, but when they go to the supermarket, the food prices are higher; when they put gasoline in the car, the gasoline prices are higher; when they pay the utility bills, the utility bills are higher; when their kids get sick, the medical bills are higher. All of those things are higher. They are living in 2007, but in their wages they are living in 1997.

Let’s look at those issues today:
food prices higher – Harry Reid introduced the energy bill in 2007 that expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard from 7.5 billion gallons to 36 billion gallons. This has been a huge driver in the increase of food prices.
gasoline prices are higher – see above RFS standards in addition to anti-greenhouse gas hysteria and opposition to oil production and Keystone XL
utility bills are higher – opposition to low cost natural gas through fracking, insistence on regulation of greenhouse gases and other carbon based energy that provides a majority of electricity in the US. Reid also lead the abandonment of the Nuclear Waste Disposal facility in Nevada.
medical bills are higher – Obamacare.

Dems need to increase the minimum wage because people don’t have the money to cope with Democrat policies. They also don’t have the political capital to get miminum wage increases passed in their own states because the cost of doing business is already too high.

airupthere on May 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM

ITguy on May 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Behold the Democrat agenda! Liberate us from those jobs we don’t like and make us all dependent on government.

TarheelBen on May 9, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The politics of “me too” warms the anus.

Why do the Repubs portray themselves just like the idiot Dems? I have no punchline for that. Just asking.

God bless America!

This socialist fool allowed marxist obama to beat him.

Maybe there is justice in the world.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Chuck Ef on May 9, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Milquetoast Mittens of Massachusetts milks minimum wage. Film at 11.

Quelle Suprise. SSDD.

oryguncon on May 9, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Can I be honest here and say I am glad he isn’t our president? The knife stings worse when slammed into your back, than your front.

Agreed. And this is why I’m so skeptical when people claim that a RINO is better than a Democrat. They always seem to converge on matters of policy.

will77jeff on May 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Actually, in 2012 he offered a permanently self adjusting minimum wage tied to inflation.

astonerii on May 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

When the House Clerk researched this idea, it was discovered the Congress had already passed it for itself.

BobMbx on May 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

This is why 5 million conservatives stayed home in 2012. Great idea just sign-up completely with the socialist agenda. The stupid party takes stupid to whole new level.

WilsonReagan on May 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Trifecta: the Pope/obama/Romney

Gesundheit!!!

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 2:02 PM

It’s the Cthulhu of our time. Beasts of this century don’t have mangled features, or are 30 feet tall. They breathe inequality, gay rights, theft through legislation etc.

For our struggle isn’t “…against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness…”

LaughterJones on May 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Raise it to whatever you want and it will still always be the minimum wage.

JellyToast on May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Alternate headline: Romney not running for President in 2016.

Oh really?

Former senator and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Monday that the Republican opposition to the minimum wage and increases thereof “makes no sense.”

His reasoning: It’s hypocritical to say “we’re for the blue collar guy but we’re against any minimum wage hike ever.”

“I don’t understand,” Santorum said on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd.” “This is one I don’t get. If the Republicans want to go out and say, ‘We’re against the minimum wage,’ then go out and make the argument to the American public and 80-some percent of the American public believes we should have the minimum wage. But they’re making arguments about why we shouldn’t have any increase.”

Yeah, I’m thinking GOP class-populism might just be the establishment thing in 2016. Not that Rick Santorum is establishment (or is he?).

chris0christies0donut on May 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Everything is for sale. Except admission to the big tent.

butch on May 9, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Can I be honest here and say I am glad he isn’t our president? The knife stings worse when slammed into your back, than your front.

Agreed. And this is why I’m so skeptical when people claim that a RINO is better than a Democrat. They always seem to converge on matters of policy.

will77jeff on May 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Rinos are better for the democrat party.
What they do as president is they take legislation that the democrats cannot pass on their own and get enough Republicans on board to pass. Then when it fails, the media tramples the hell out of the Republican party for being incompetent and starts the push for making it even worse. It was because Republicans did not go far enough, so now we have to go waaaay further!
This kind of stuff makes the conservative base not want to turn out (see Bush!) and gets the Democratic base hyped up (see Obama) and turns the government over to the Democratic party (See Pelosi and Reid).

astonerii on May 9, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Raise it to whatever you want and it will still always be the minimum wage.

JellyToast on May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Not quite. At some point more and more people will start working outside of the law.

chris0christies0donut on May 9, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I can’t help but wonder WHY the Rs continue to listen to always wrong poll takers and consultants.

CoffeeLover on May 9, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Romney, February 2013:

My view has been to allow the minimum wage to rise with the [Consumer Price Index] or with another index so that it adjusts automatically over time,”

His position hasn’t changed. This shouldn’t be surprising.

airupthere on May 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

There’s nothing wrong with increasing the minimum wage. As a matter of fact, the Republicans should have gotten in on the act with the Democrats. Sure, it will cost jobs, but we could have blamed it on Obama. Where are our leaders in all this?

All the minimum wage does is to define a new floor for inflation. The bottom of the food chain will remain the bottom of the food chain.

Hot Air Mods -> Could you PLEASE stop the obnoxious, automatic video ads? I hate the damned things, and it is like a treasure hunt to find the offending, loud, obnoxious ad.

Thanks.

koolbob on May 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Yeah, I’m thinking GOP class-populism might just be the establishment thing in 2016. Not that Rick Santorum is establishment (or is he?).

chris0christies0donut on May 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

That’s why Rove and company are agitating for a Jeb Bush run – Presidental pedigree trumps all other NextInLine™ categories.

Not that they would be terribly disappointed with Santorum as the 2016 nominee – they will just do to him what they did to Angle and Mourdock.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Romney goes on MSNBC and pushes for minimum wage.
Santorum goes on MSNBC and pushes for minimum wage.

It appears that MSNBC is only interested in giving them a fair shake when they support something that the left wants.

I honestly cannot believe that Romney or Santorum would go on MSNBC after the viscous attacks they have faced from the same network. I don’t get it.

airupthere on May 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

There’s nothing wrong with increasing the minimum wage. As a matter of fact, the Republicans should have gotten in on the act with the Democrats. Sure, it will cost jobs, but we could have blamed it on Obama. Where are our leaders in all this?

All the minimum wage does is to define a new floor for inflation. The bottom of the food chain will remain the bottom of the food chain.

Hot Air Mods -> Could you PLEASE stop the obnoxious, automatic video ads? I hate the damned things, and it is like a treasure hunt to find the offending, loud, obnoxious ad.

Thanks.

koolbob on May 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Bush signed multiple increases in the minimum wage, and was the last President to do so. Odd that Dems couldn’t get it done when they had a complete majority in the House, Senate, and WH given how important this issue is to them.

airupthere on May 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Slightly O/T, but only slightly, as it has to do with Massachusetts. This will make our resident Democrat O’bama Cultists blow their tops.

The Judicial Activists on the MA Supreme Judicial Court handed down this ruling this very morning:

Mass. Supreme Judicial Court: Pledge of Allegiance not religious.

BOSTON — The Pledge of Allegiance does not discriminate against atheists and can be recited at the start of the day in public schools, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Friday.

The Supreme Judicial Court said the words “under God” in the pledge reflect patriotic practice, not a religious one. They acknowledged that the wording has a “religious tinge” but said it is fundamentally patriotic and voluntary.

The court was ruling in a 2010 lawsuit filed by an atheist family from Acton who claimed that the daily recitation of the pledge in classrooms violated their three children’s equal protection rights under the state constitution, which protects against discrimination. The family was not identified in the lawsuit.

Stephen Mills, the superintendent of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, said officials were pleased with the ruling.

“It is a pledge of national loyalty, not a prayer,” he said, adding that the district paid about $60,000 in legal fees to fight the lawsuit.

“We will continue to respect every child’s right to recite the pledge or not,” Mills added.

David Niose, an attorney representing the family and the American Humanist Association, said in a statement Friday that, “No child should go to public school every day, from kindergarten to grade 12, and be faced with an exercise that portrays his or her religious group as less patriotic.”

libfree, please pick up the Courtesy Phone!

Del Dolemonte on May 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Just another reason to tell Mitt to sit down and shut up

neyney on May 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Ed, you’re right and wrong. You say:

What kind of economic message should Republicans have? We need to focus on policies that expand opportunity, especially in the entrepreneurial arena.

You mean economic policy, not message. Those policies don’t speak to the vast majority of Americans.

Santorum is absolutely right in his critique of Romney’s convention focus on “You didn’t build that.” Successful small business owners are a very, very small electorate to target directly for votes. Most people go to work, get a paycheck, and take care of themselves and/or their families. Period. They aren’t starting a business or getting bogged down in the minutiae of S-Corp tax policy.

So yes, the GOP should support policies that foster entrepreneurial risk-taking and small business success, but the GOP’s message should expand beyond the “You didn’t build that” and pro-business rhetoric.

BocaJuniors on May 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

lol

Midas on May 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

I honestly cannot believe that Romney or Santorum would go on MSNBC after the viscous attacks they have faced from the same network. I don’t get it.

airupthere on May 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Battered wife syndrome. They crave affirmation from the Left. It’s why Rand Paul started talking like a liberal when he sat down for an interview at Harvard.

will77jeff on May 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Just another reason that Mitt and RINOs like him never need to run for POTUS ever

neyney on May 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

I honestly cannot believe that Romney or Santorum would go on MSNBC after the viscous attacks they have faced from the same network. I don’t get it.

airupthere on May 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Battered wife syndrome, perhaps. “Oh my goodness, perhaps they do love me after all!”

Midas on May 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

will77jeff on May 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

beat me to it!

Midas on May 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

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