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Obama's No-Growth State of the Union

D G Wrote: Feb 16, 2013 10:22 AM
Obama said the minimum wage should be increased 24% (from $7.25 to $9.00). Who could possibly think raising the minimum wage 24% is a constructive policy in the context of the current economy with sky high unemployment among low skilled workers? What would happen? Look what happened last time. In May 2007, Democrats passed legislation to increase the minimum wage 40%. .... By the end of 2007, the economy was in recession and low skilled workers were being laid off. ..... The Financial crisis followed in September 2008, Combine a higher minimum wage with ObamaCare taxes and big tax increases on employers. ....... How can that possibly grow the economy?
carole28 Wrote: Feb 16, 2013 1:12 PM
There's another aspect to raising the minimum wage. In the past before we had such high self esteem issues as we do today, young people worked at low wage jobs learning how to get along with others in the work place and how to develop skills as well as how to be responsible to a job and all that means. Now we have kids who think that they should just be hired regardless of having any real experience in the work force. I had a bunch of minor jobs when I was growing up, but they all taught me responsibility and other important traits for the workplace. Raising the minimum wage takes away those options for young people, even for the children of parents who haven't bolstered their kids with unrealistic expectations.
JRM57 Wrote: Feb 16, 2013 12:05 PM
My cousin lives in Denmark. They have NO minimum wage yet their economy is much better than ours... It makes you think, doesn't it? I think minimum wage should be abolished. I didn't have that when I was a kid yet I was able to get a job and paid a decent wage. Minimum wage treats employers as tho they're criminals and users, hiring at the lowest wage they can. That's far from the truth. Competition between employers will assure a decent wage if they want to hire the best people.... We don't need government interference and we surely don't need government intrusion in every part of our lives.
KYoung43 Wrote: Feb 16, 2013 11:35 AM
Who could possibly think raising the minimum wage ANY percent is a constructive policy? Someone without CLUE NUMBER ONE about economics, that's who--and that means ANYONE who is a Democrat-Progressive-Liberal-Leftist or parasite who sits home waiting for the monthly government check.

THAT's who.
modernmover Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 12:01 AM
Remember, the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006. In 2007, the recession started. Coincidence? Ummm......maybe not so much.

By far the best line from this week's dueling State of the Union messages came from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Nice and simple, and right to the point:

"Presidents in both parties -- from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan -- have known that our free-enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class prosperity."

That's a brilliant summary of pro-growth policies, on the supply-side and in a free-market context.

Kennedy slashed tax rates and held down the budget. So did Ronald Reagan, who borrowed Kennedy's ideas: smaller government, lower tax-rate incentives and a thriving middle class, where the economic pie grows ever larger....