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State Senate Republicans and the five stooges known as the Independent Democratic Conference have linked support for a long-overdue hike in the minimum wage to a $700 million tax cut. But while the tax cut would take effect next year, the minimum wage hike to $9 an hour would be phased in quite slowly, not fully implemented until 2016. Why are we not surprised? The tax cut recipients would be worthy enough — small businesses ...


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Fritzdawg
March 21, 2013
1:47 a.m.

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The biggest threat, foreign, or domestic that this country has ever faced, is the GOP, and I am beholden to The Tea Party, for their steadfast determination to take it down.

muggy
March 21, 2013
7:05 a.m.

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Do a little research. The people hit hardest by a minimum wage increase are African Americans. Leftists think that there's a bottomless pit of money available for a minimum wage increase. They think employers will simply "take it" and deal soak up the extra costs. It fractures the work ethic and moral within a building; instantly raising the wages of those who haven't been there long enough to earn a wage increase, and angering those who have worked for years to get to the next level. And Fritz, the biggest threat to this country, foreign or domestic, isn't the GOP. It's the runaway spending bankrupting the most successful nation on this earth. As Obama's preacher-buddy, Jeremiah Wright once said, "America's chickens are coming home to roost."

CarolynMB
March 21, 2013
7:09 a.m.

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Does anyone give thought to the fact that the millions of minimum wage earners would be able to buy more products if they had more money? That would stimulate the economy considerably. And., where was everyone worrying about the little business guy when the big companies moved in and took over the market place. The wealthy always prevail.

wmarincic
March 21, 2013
7:25 a.m.

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Sure they would buy more items made at Wal Mart, we can increase China's economy. Same as people buying foriegn cars, it does not matter that the cars are assembled in the U.S. the money goes to Japan and Korea. The biggest threat to America is Liberalism and that includes Dems and Repubs. Oh yeh and political correctness.

fjcjr
March 21, 2013
8:15 a.m.

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If raising the minimum wage is good for everyone - workers, businesses, and the overall economy, we really should raise it to at least $15 per hour. After all, if a little is good, a lot must be better.

steveleary1
March 21, 2013
8:53 p.m.

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Minimum wage increases only benefit government coffers. No more goods or services are produced. This will become more evident to everyone when we take fjcjr's tougue in cheek argument futher, and raise minimum wage to $ 100 an hour. Everyone will make over $ 100,000 per year and all of our poverty will go away !

What actually happens is Minimum wage has a higher number attached to it. Those making $ 8.50 now, want to be Minimum wage + 1.00 and so on up the wage scale. Since no additional goods or services are produced, the price of goods go up by proportion. However, the Income tax is indexed so everyone pays a higher percentage in taxes.This why if you go back and look at the history of minimum wage increases you will see that the purchasing power of minimum wage when it was $ 1.25 per hour was more then it is today at $ 7.45. At $ 1.25 you could buy nearly 5 gallons of gas for a dollar,( Now you can't even buy 2 gallons)You could buy 25 candy bars for $ 1.25 (now you can buy 7) This can be demonstrated with just about any product or service.
That is why although it sounds good and kind to raise the minimum wage it hasn't had the desired effect and it won't in the future.

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