Obama minimum wage plan renews old debate

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    To "one old man" and how much money do teenagers and college students need to live?

    Since most all of the people who earn minimum wage are under 25 years old, what is the point?

    See "Who Earns the Minimum Wage -- Single Parents or Suburban Teenagers?" at the Heritage Foundation

    Also see "Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers: 2011" at the BLS

    Both studies show that the typical wage earner is a teenager in a middleclass family.

    So again, how much do teenagers need to earn for a "living wage"?

    While you are thinking of that, thing about this. Liberals complain that the US is sending jobs overseas where labor is cheap. What do you think will happen when we make US labor more expensive by raising the minimum wage laws?

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    "The last federal minimum wage increase was signed into law by President George W. Bush, when it increased from $5.15 to $7.25 in a three-step process between 2007 and 2009.

    The last recession began in the middle of that process and took an especially heavy toll on middle-wage positions, which accounted for 60 percent of jobs lost in the crushing downturn"

    See, it was Bush's fault again...

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    Yup. It's simply unAmerican to push for a living wage for other people.

    If they trim the 47% down a few points, who will the GOP have to blame for losing their elections?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    4 years ago barack said he would cut the deficit in half during his first term.

    It wasn't cut in half

    It wasn't cut by 1%

    It increased.

    Barack also said if given his FIRST of many spendathons that unemployment wouldnt reach 8%

    It reached 8%

    It reached 9%

    It reached 10%

    It reached 11%

    Forgive me if I judge barack on his actual results, as opposed to whatever comes out of his mouth.

    We've learned.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Feb. 14, 2013 6:39 a.m.

    Which companies is this aimed at hurting? The big ones will be able to absorb the hit, the little ones will stop hiring. But along with Obamacare they won't want to be hiring anyone anyway.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 14, 2013 5:31 a.m.

    When minimum wages are increased, the number of entry level jobs decrease and unemployment for young people and unskilled workers increases!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    ‘Obama minimum wage plan renews old debate’ - Title

    Tax breaks for the rich.

    Ignore the poor and middle class.

    How's that working out?

    **'The $2.5 Trillion tragedy: What America has given up for 10 years of Bush tax cuts' -
    By Zaid Jilani – Think Progress – 07/07/11

    'While doing so, Bush promised prosperity and growth, but the nation got neither.'

    It is time we voted for middle class America.

    Not the 1% elite who simply profit off of the work of working Americans.

    **'Study: Rich get a lot richer, outpace middle class' - By Andrew Taylor - AP - 10/26/11

    'It finds that after-tax income for the top 1 percent of U.S. households almost tripled, up 275 percent, from 1979 to 2007.'