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Friday, May 09, 2014

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday morning said he supports an increase in the minimum wage, breaking with many Republicans who have stood against it. "I ... part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage. I think we ought to raise it," the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said. "Because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay." His comments come after Senate Republicans rejected a vote on a Senate bill that would have increased the minimum wage to $10.10.

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be careful with the constant flip-flop, there romney--

you might step on a republican pop top...

#1 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-05-09 10:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

Wife Muffie chimed in it's about time it got raised from $1.25 to $1.35.

But not at once she continued. That'd be inflationary after all she sniffed.

Hubby later shut down 2 companies and sent those jobs to Vietnam because they'll work for 55 cents an hour.

#2 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-05-09 10:54 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 3

RINO.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-09 10:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

If increasing the minimum wage creates more jobs with better pay they why stop at $10.10?

#4 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-05-09 11:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

Jeb Bush is wondering why Mitt is speaking out on issues.... and if he is going to have to be VP.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-09 11:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

the maximum wage in this country should be lower than the minimum wage...

#6 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-05-09 11:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

Well he has a pretty ballet horsie anyway.

#7 | Posted by Mista Kurtz at 2014-05-09 11:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

The 2 conservative voters in the state are furious.

#8 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-09 11:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

I'm with Mitt on this one.

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-09 11:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

why stop at $10.10?

Because $10.10 is just enough to give the illusion of caring while not really helping the minimum wage workers.

#10 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-09 11:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

Personally, I'm nonplussed about whether to raise the minimum wage or not---it really isn't going to make much difference one way or another. We have structural economic problems that need to be addressed and the minimum wage isn't going to alter the basic problems in place.

#11 | Posted by matsop at 2014-05-09 11:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

Raising the minimum wage would become a Republican issue, were it not for all those 'States Rights' loudmouths.

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2014-05-09 12:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

it really isn't going to make much difference one way or another.

An extra $120 per week to the worker will make a difference to them.

#13 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-09 12:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

"An extra $120 per week to the worker will make a difference to them."

Ain't that the truth. It simply amazes me how many conservatives have no compassion for working people struggling to just eek out an existence in this country.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-09 12:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Tea Party gets their ears boxed in a couple of primaries, so Mitt shows up spouting off like a mainstream Republican. Now he's appealing to the 47%.

Way to kick the yokels when they're down, Mitt.

He is a master opportunist. He's starting to become a politician after all these years of practice.

#15 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-05-09 12:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

He should of thought of that in oh, let's say...October 2012.

#16 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-09 01:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

In other words his opportunity is long gone. So much for being a "master"

#17 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-09 01:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

If increasing the minimum wage creates more jobs with better pay they why stop at $10.10?

#4 | Posted by Huguenot

True. If the minimum wage had kept up with inflation, some think it should be closer to $20 per hour.

inequality.org

The Oligarchs have a great interest in keeping wages down. Is it any wonder that the standard of living of most people beneath them has stagnated or declined?

#18 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-05-09 01:20 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

"An extra $120 per week to the worker will make a difference to them."

First, 120 a week is not what it costs the employer as he/she must match the Social Security, etc. Also, older employees will want a raise as suddenly newbies are making what they took a few years to achieve.

Now consider the small business owner where the majority of these jobs are - do they suddenly have more sales to offset these costs??? You can see why some businesses are already making moves in anticipation of this : Panera Bread Speeds Up Orders with Mobile Tech, iPads
blogs.wsj.com

Also, more will go the way of Burger King where you have a 'cattle chute' thereby eliminating most of the registers and the people who manned them. Yes, raising employer costs has consequences, so hooray for those who receive higher pay and too bad for those positions eliminated.

ps: There is a company marketing a machine which automatically makes burgers and higher employees costs will make the most of the machine more feasible for employers whereby eliminating even more positions.http:// www.gizmag.com/hamburger- machine/25159/

#19 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-05-09 01:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

"...make the most of the machine..." = make the COST of the machine..

#20 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-05-09 02:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Right-wingers remind us that most of the jobs created nowadays are low-wage, minimum wage jobs. Sounds to me that if employees get eliminated because of a minimum wage hike, they'll have plenty of opportunities to find other jobs, and likely at better pay than their previous one.

#21 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-05-09 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

So Panera Bread is spending $42,000,000.00. If they were to raise wages $3.00 per hour that would 42 million could instead pay for a $3.00 raise on 14,000,000 work hours.

"Yes, raising employer costs has consequences, so hooray for those who receive higher pay and too bad for those positions eliminated."

But those who will keep their jobs at a higher rate of pay will then spend that additional income which will raise demand on other goods and services thereby causing the employers who supply those goods and services to hire more employees.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-09 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

too bad for those positions eliminated.

Uh huh, just like in San Jose.

www.mercurynews.com

"A year later, it is clear that raising San Jose's minimum wage has been an incredible success. The data shows that under San Jose's minimum wage, unemployment was reduced, the number of businesses grew, the number of minimum wage jobs expanded, average employee hours remained constant and the economy was stimulated.

The unemployment rate dropped in the San Jose metro area from 7.6 percent in February, 2013 to 5.8 percent in December, the last month available. Part of the reason for this almost two-point drop in unemployment is that the 40,000 minimum wage workers in San Jose have pumped more than $100 million into the local economy this past year, stimulating the economic growth of Silicon Valley.

The city reports that business is growing, with 84,000 businesses registered at the start of 2014 compared to 75,000 the previous year. Importantly, the leisure and hospitality industry -- the sector that includes food services, and where many minimum wage employees work -- experienced a net increase of 4,000 jobs in San Jose in 2013, according to the California Employment Development Department."

#23 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-09 02:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Mitt Romney on Thursday morning said he supports an increase in the minimum wage, breaking with many Republicans who have stood against it."

And he wonders why 4 million republicans that voted 2 years befor didn't fote for him when he ran for pres. Good thing his old man left him a bundle of money cause he isn't too smart.

#24 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-09 02:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

Right-wingers remind us that most of the jobs created nowadays are low-wage, minimum wage jobs.

Keep sending middle class jobs to foreign nations and this is what you end up with.

Start with Bubba and end with the GOP to thank for it.

#25 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-09 02:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

If Romney starts speaking out in favor of Common Core, we'll know for sure he's sucking up to JEB for the second banana job.

#26 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-09 03:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Keep sending middle class jobs to foreign nations and this is what you end up with.

Start with Bubba and end with the GOP to thank for it.

#25 | Posted by 726

Tell me why they are going overseas. Give some detail, not glittering BS.

#27 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-09 03:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

If increasing the minimum wage creates more jobs with better pay they why stop at $10.10?
#4 | Posted by Huguenot

If school makes people smarter why stop at grade 12?

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-09 05:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

why stop at $10.10

Seattle mayor proposes phased-in $15 minimum wage

Once the $15 wage is reached, future increases will be tied to the consumer price index.

Gee what a concept.

www.komonews.com

#29 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-05-09 07:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'd support $75/hour. Not a penny less.

#30 | Posted by justanoversight at 2014-05-09 08:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'd support $75/hour. Not a penny less.

I agree. I've no issue paying $9 for my Whataburger and $3.75 for a roll of mints from 7/11

#31 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-09 08:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'd support $75/hour. Not a penny less.

#30 | Posted by justanoversight at 2014-05-09 08:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe then you can afford a clue.

#32 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2014-05-10 02:13 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Romney's a windsock. Give him a week and he'll be attached to somebody else's coattails. He'll be hedging his bets from now to the Republican convention for that VP spot.

"Pick me, pick me, pick me* (*plaintive wails in the distance*)

#33 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-10 04:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe then you can afford a clue.

#32 | Posted by Alexandrite

It's plain to see you can't.

#34 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-10 03:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe then you can afford a clue.

#32 | Posted by Alexandrite

What's the going rate in today's market?

#35 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-10 04:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ain't that the truth. It simply amazes me how many conservatives have no compassion for working people struggling to just eek out an existence in this country.
#14 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-09 12:21 PM | Reply | Flag

Yes, that's what a free and liberated people need more of, a compassionate government. What a foolish notion, that leads to nothing but tyranny and death.

I will settle for a government that follows it own rules, i.e. follows the constitution, not what feels good at the moment. That's how children behave

#36 | Posted by danv at 2014-05-10 04:20 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

what feels good at the moment. That's how children behave
#36 | Posted by danv

Taht's also how free markets behave.

#37 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-10 05:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Well nobody's perfect. I can't agree with Romney on this one.

#38 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-05-10 09:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

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