Although Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) says he doesn’t support a federal minimum wage hike to $15 an hour, a new poll suggests that 63% of West Virginians support raising the minimum wage to that level by 2025.
“If I walk into a restaurant and I know the waiter or waitress is making $15 an hour, way more than they used to make the previous year, I am going to say, ‘wait a minute am I going to give you 20%, 15% or whatever?’”
— Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney telling viewers that he isn’t convinced that restaurant workers making a higher $15 minimum wage still deserve the standard 15% to 20% tip for their services.
In early October, Pres. Obama was criticized for causing difficulties for red-state Democrats running for the Senate when he said, “I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
Despite the flack he took for that rhetoric, one of his policies — raising the minimum wage — was in fact on the ballot in five states, all but one of which, Illinois, were dark red. All five ballot measures ” target=”_blank”>passed handily:
I mean, we suck. We really do.
— U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, quoted by Bloomberg, on the minimum wage.
I gotta tell you the truth, I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage, I really am. … I don’t think there’s a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who are saying, ‘You know honey, if my son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all our dreams would be realized. Is that what parents aspire to for their children?
— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), saying he doesn’t want anymore discussion about the minimum wage, TPM reports.
We believe? Wait, I thought fast food joints, hurh. Don’t you guys think that they’re like of the Devil or somethin’ I was. Liberals, you want to send those evil employees who would dare work at a fast food joint then ya just don’t believe in, thought you wanted to, I dunno, send them to Purgatory or somethin’ so they all go VEGAN and, uh, wages and picket lines I dunno they’re not often discussed in Purgatory, are they? I dunno why are you even worried about fast food wages because dha. Well, we believe an America where minimum wage jobs they’re not lifetime gigs they’re stepping stone.
-Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s choice to be the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, extemporizing on the minimum wage, which she opposes raising, in a video published on her new website
I think we ought to raise it, because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us.
— Mitt Romney, quoted by the Washington Post, urging Republicans to increase the minimum wage.
The number of states where the minimum wage will rise this week, and as many as 11 states and the District of Columbia are expected to consider an increase in 2014, according to Wonk Wire.
The unemployed don’t know how they’ll pay the rent
And wage-earners wonder where their paycheck just went.
While economic stagnation
Keeps a grip on the nation,
Corporations’ profits are up a tidy 88 percent!