Obama, business groups differ on minimum wage plan

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 16, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    He also said "the deficit has been cut $2.5 trillion in the last few years", and "we depend less on foreign oil".

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 10:27 p.m.

    Yep, well said. IF Barry was in the private sector, he would have been fired in early 2009. That is how pathetic those that voted for him are. They believe that a train wreck can magically right itself.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 12:59 p.m.


    No, I dont know all the answer. I only know what barack told me four years ago and I know what he accomplished.

    He told me he would cut the deficit in half during his firm term.

    He told me if he was allowed his first(of many) spendathons of 787 billion that unemployment wouldnt reach 8%

    I cannot tell my boss I will accomplish task A and B and then fail miserably in tasks A and B and expect him to give me a pat on the back, or even keep me employed. I also cannot tell him "I tried" if I was light years away from accomplishing tasks A and B.

    If barack had cut the deficit by 40% I would have said "thats pretty close, well done obama"

    The deficit increased.

    If barack had kept the unemployment below 8.5%, I would have said that is pretty close.

    It went to over 11%

    Sorry, "I tried" doesn't cut it, especially when you are the President of the United States.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    I love living in Utah. We know everything and have all the answers. It amazes me the President hasn't been from Utah everytime... you know, because we're all so smart.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    According to the BLS, the three states with the highest unemployment rates also have minimum wages laws OVER the federal minimum - RI 10.2%, NV 10.2%, CA 9.8%.

    None of the six states with the lowest unemployment rates have minimum wage laws above the federal minimum.

    There are other factors that contribute to higher unemployment rates, like closed-shop rules, etc, but a higher minimum wage also effects employment - especially for teenagers who most frequently make minimum wage.

    Of course the AP would not tell you this because they support everything BO does.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    Based on what barack said he would do four years ago(cut the deficit in half, keep unemployment below 8%), and based on what he actually DID,

    now the best course of action is to do exactly the opposite of what barack says.

  • JustTheTruthMan bountiful, ut
    Feb. 14, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    He just doesn't get it. The business leaders are right. In raising the minimum wage you are only hurting small businesses who are already spread thin by the $7.25/hr minimum wage. By adding $1.75/hr to that already hurtful to many businesses wage the result could be layoffs. At the very least prices across the board in grocery, retail and fast food will go up significantly. Any increase to the federal minimum wage must also be accompanied with a reduction and freeze on gas prices as wages and shipping are the chief culprit in high prices that were once low. KDave is right when he says that it will hurt the very people he is trying to help and further hurt the small businesses that he has already struck a sour note with.

  • KDave Moab, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    55% of those living under the poverty rate do not work. Raising the minimum wage will only hurt them as they will have to pay a little more for their Big Mac and fries to cover the wage increase.