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Reject Minimum Wage Increase

January 8, 2014

Higher government-mandated minimum wage scales reduce opportunities for the very people proponents claim to be helping — men and women with minimal skills....

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TrollSlayer

Jan-08-14 6:37 AM

Only $8.25 an hour? For a typical 29er (29 hour per week worker, as limited by the Obamascam health tax law) that’s only about $12,000 a year. How are you supposed to raise a family of thirteen (single parent with 12 children in order to double income through Child Tax Credits) on that?

Stingy Demorats. Raise that minimum wage to $50 per hour so those hard-working alternatively-skilled grocery baggers and shopping cart retrievers can afford to vacation in Hawaii every Christmas, just like the rest of us hard-campaigning Americans.

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wvhoopie

Jan-08-14 6:45 AM

Why not a living wage? A wage that would make a full time job keep a family out of poverty? 13 states just increased their minimum wage and they don't have these issues. This rhetoric is old and stale and not true. Congress raises its wage almost annually. CEO's wages rise over 10 per cent a year. This newspaper does not want to pay their workers a real wage is all.....

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Wvcoffee

Jan-08-14 7:03 AM

Prove that Nutting writes this drivel. Doesn't want to give M Myers a $.50 raise.

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TrollSlayer

Jan-08-14 7:14 AM

Why not a "living wage"? I’d go for that “living wage” proposition as long as you also promise you’ll provide unskilled jobs for every American. Because there are many hardworking plumbers and electricians and miners currently barely earning a “living wage” who would find grocery bagging to collect that same wage much less stressful.

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LogHog

Jan-08-14 7:54 AM

The more you make, the more they take. How about a new Govt. law putting a freeze on payroll taxes for the next 10 years. Allow people to get wage increases and keep the total cost of the increase. If you like your 50 cent or dollar wage increase, you can keep your 50 cent or dollar increase. Also, all employers would have no increase in amounts they pay in all the different payroll taxes just to give the employee an increase. Dream on. ZZZZZ

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GETACLUE

Jan-08-14 7:58 AM

LIE:" it reduces the number of entry-level jobs available. It is likely to prompt many employers to lay some workers off."

Employers staff their business to meet the demands of their customers. Example a fast food restaurant serving 75 meals an hour will not be staffed the same as one serving 165 meals an hour. The work load will always set staffing levels not the wages paid.

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GETACLUE

Jan-08-14 8:03 AM

"Young people just graduating from high school and attempting to enter the job market are harmed, not helped, by increasing the minimum wage."

This is based on the first LIE in the article now that this lie has been exposed it is kind of just like dominoes.

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GETACLUE

Jan-08-14 8:06 AM

"An increase would create another drag on the economy as a whole because it would hamper job creation and expansion of businesses."

Again based on the fable that wage drives staffing when actually it is demand that drives wages.

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RockEReputation

Jan-08-14 8:06 AM

"it would hamper job creation and expansion of businesses"

Overlooking the fact that if the Min wage was indexed to 1968 inflation rates it would be $10+..

and overlooking the word vomit of "family of thirteen..hard-working alternatively-skilled grocery baggers and shopping cart retrievers"

Academic studies conclude:

The average rate of job growth in US states instituting a minimum wage increase during periods of high unemployment = 0.48 percentage points higher than the national average, as was the median employment growth on those states also above the national average.

Until low-income citizens can be depleted from the voting ranks in large numbers GOPeers should face the sad reality that they are watching and listening.

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GETACLUE

Jan-08-14 8:08 AM

should read demand that drives STAFFING, not "demand that drives wages"

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TrollSlayer

Jan-08-14 8:18 AM

GETACLUE “The work load will always set staffing levels not the wages paid.”

Spoken like a true Government tool. Make a payroll someday and then tell us how wages you have to pay don’t affect the numbers of employees you have. LOL

GETACLUE “This is based on the first LIE in the article now that this lie has been exposed it is kind of just like dominoes.”

Your domino analogy also conveniently debunks your successive posts, Clueless. LOL

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TrollSlayer

Jan-08-14 8:20 AM

Raising the minimum wage to a “living wage” will eliminate grocery bagging jobs, but WILL boost jobs in the self-checkout kiosk manufacturing, installation, and maintenance fields. So when that “living wage” bill passes all you formerly employed grocery baggers can move right over to the next lane to become self-checkout kiosk repairmen. Or if there aren’t enough broken kiosks to go around you can be Assistant CEOs, since the liberal loons say that’s an easy job, too...

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TrollSlayer

Jan-08-14 8:27 AM

To pay for an increase in the minimum wage, an alternative to reducing min-wage workforce numbers is to simply raise prices to cover the increased cost of those more expensive min-wage workers.

You low-income folks and seniors on fixed incomes wouldn’t mind seeing your grocery bills go up again, would you? Because if you do mind, you can blame your Government pols for their now laser-focused “income equality” policies. Now what political party would those wealth-spreading pols belong to? Starts with a D?...

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daWraith

Jan-08-14 9:22 AM

Increasing min wage drives demand for Offshore jobs!!!

Why do you dumbasses thing CHINA and MEXICO have GROWN during the US Recession by supplying products to America?

DUH!

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Thebudman

Jan-08-14 9:47 AM

Self serve kiosks will pay for themselves in less than four months.

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oldmansvan

Jan-08-14 10:50 AM

Raising the minimum wage has never increased unemployment. These right wing sheep are just trotting out old propaganda fed to them by the rightwing sheep herders.

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WVUGEO

Jan-08-14 10:58 AM

Ditto, oldman. What a load of right-wing baloney sandwiches.

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wonderwhy

Jan-08-14 12:38 PM

Clearly, toolboy has no respect for people who bag groceries. Yes, he insults those people. Some, HAVING to work a second job to make ends meet. Tool would rather insult those workers instead of respecting that they are taking care of themselves and their families. No wonderwhy...........

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-08-14 2:49 PM

1. One of the worst epithets that can be leveled at a politician these days is to call him a “redistributionist.” Yet 2013 marked one of the biggest redistributions in recent American history. It was a redistribution upward, from average working people to the owners of America.

The stock market ended 2013 at an all-time high — giving stockholders their biggest annual gain in almost two decades. Most Americans didn’t share in those gains, however, because most people haven’t been able to save enough to invest in the stock market. More than two-thirds of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-08-14 2:50 PM

2. Even if you include the value of IRA’s, most shares of stock are owned by the very wealthy. The richest 1 percent of Americans owns 35 percent of the value of American-owned shares. The richest 10 percent owns over 80 percent. So in the bull market of 2013, America’s rich hit the jackpot.

What does this have to do with redistribution? Some might argue the stock market is just a giant casino. Since it’s owned mostly by the wealthy, a rise in stock prices simply reflects a transfer of wealth from some of the rich (who cashed in their shares too early) to others of the rich (who bought shares early enough and held on to them long enough to reap the big gains). (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-08-14 2:50 PM

3. But this neglects the fact that stock prices track corporate profits. The relationship isn’t exact, and price-earnings ratios move up and down in the short term. Yet over the slightly longer term, share prices do correlate with profits. And 2013 was a banner year for profits.

Where did those profits come from? Here’s where redistribution comes in. American corporations didn’t make most of their money from increased sales (although their foreign sales did increase). They made their big bucks mostly by reducing their costs — especially their biggest single cost: wages. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-08-14 2:51 PM

4. They push wages down because most workers no longer have any bargaining power when it comes to determining pay. The continuing high rate of unemployment — including a record number of long-term jobless, and a large number who have given up looking for work altogether — has allowed employers to set the terms.

For years, the bargaining power of American workers has also been eroding due to ever-more efficient means of outsourcing abroad, new computer software that can replace almost any routine job, and an ongoing shift of full-time to part-time and contract work. And unions have been decimated. In the 1950s, over a third of private-sector workers were members of labor unions. Now, fewer than 7 percent are unionized. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-08-14 2:51 PM

5. All this helps explain why corporate profits have been increasing throughout this recovery (they grew over 18 percent in 2013 alone) while wages have been dropping. Corporate earnings now represent the largest share of the gross domestic product — and wages the smallest share of GDP — than at any time since records have been kept.

Hence, the Great Redistribution.

Some might say this doesn’t really amount to a “redistribution” as we normally define that term, because government isn’t redistributing anything. By this view, the declining wages, higher profits, and the surging bull market simply reflect the workings of the free market. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-08-14 2:52 PM

6. But this overlooks the fact that government sets the rules of the game. Federal and state budgets have been cut, for example — thereby reducing overall demand and keeping unemployment higher than otherwise. Congress has repeatedly rejected tax incentives designed to encourage more hiring. States have adopted “right-to-work” laws that undercut unions. And so on.

If all this weren’t enough, the tax system is rigged in favor of the owners of wealth, and against people whose income comes from wages. Wealth is taxed at a lower rate than labor. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-08-14 2:52 PM

7. Capital gains, dividends, and debt all get favorable treatment in the tax code – which is why Mitt Romney, Warren Buffet, and other billionaires and multimillionaires continue to pay around 12 percent of their income in taxes each year, while most of the rest of us pay at least twice that rate.

Among the biggest winners are top executives and Wall Street traders whose year-end bonuses are tied to the stock market, and hedge-fund and private-equity managers whose special “carried interest” tax loophole allows their income to be treated as capital gains. The wild bull market of 2013 has given them all fabulous after-tax windfalls. (cont.)

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