Skip to comments.Romney supports automatic hikes in minimum wage
Posted on 02/01/2012 1:02:13 PM PST by NormsRevenge
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney renewed his support Wednesday for automatic increases in the federal minimum wage to keep pace with inflation, a position sharply at odds with traditional GOP business allies, conservatives and the party's senior lawmakers.
"I haven't changed my thoughts on that," the former Massachusetts governor told reporters aboard his chartered campaign plane, referring to a stand he has held for a decade.
He did not say if he would ask Congress to approve the change if he wins the White House this fall.
Congress first enacted federal minimum wage legislation in 1938 and has raised it sporadically in the years since. The last increase, approved in 2007, took effect in three installments and reached $7.25 an hour for covered workers effective July 24, 2009.
It has never been allowed to rise automatically, as Romney envisions.
Organized labor generally supports increases in the minimum wage, and Romney's position could give him cross-over appeal among blue-collar Democrats in a general election campaign.
Republicans have generally opposed attempts to raise it, although in 1996, the GOP-controlled Congress passed an election-year increase that included a package of tax cuts for business and a subminimum wage to apply to new, younger employees.
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Piss on Romney
Paging Ann Coulter. Paging Ann Coulter.
OK, how do you defend this shi’ite?
Channeling Ted Kennedy.
Has this idiot ever promoted anything that is conservative?
What a knucklehead! I thought that this guy Romney was supposed to be an economic conservative, at least. He’s not even that!
You might as well make a macro for this phrase. News writers will be using it a lot over the next few months.
So, there is something he hasn’t flip flopped on. Amazing.
Unbelievable. The CA minimum wage was raised not too long ago. The result was a substantial rise in the cost of living in this state. When will Libtards understand that increasing wages of an entry level job artificially only hurts those who they THINK they are helping (along with all the rest of us)? Governmental increases in minimum wage results in lost jobs and increased consumer prices. This ain’t rocket science.
This is what we’re in for once he’s the nominee. Richard Nixon all over again.
Not even if he were on fire.
Vote for Romney - preserve the status quo. People, this is a no-brainer.
Imagine what he’d be like if he wasn’t pro-business!
Ah, a brain teaser!
Alas, I don't have that kind of time...
“Organized labor generally supports increases in the minimum wage, and Romney’s position could give him cross-over appeal among blue-collar Democrats in a general election campaign.”
Author doesn’t add “Romney’s position could also alienate traditional allies making a second Obama term inevitable.”
Minimum wage workers will get raises. Government employees will get raises. Both of which will cause (increased) inflation, so welfare beneficiaries will get raises. Which will raise our taxes, which will cause the regular, hard-working, tax-paying legal American to have yet, another, reduction in standard of living and ability to save for our own retirements.
So much for Romney reaching out to the GOP base. More like another middle finger.
I’m sure Ted Kennedy is very proud of Mitt.
Here we go.
You can take the guy out of MA, but you can’t take...
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