Mitch McConnell is Building a Republican Army to Kill the Minimum Wage

Mitch McConnell

We all know that Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is against raising the minimum wage. He voted against it 16 times.

But McConnell is supporting U.S. Senate candidate and North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis. Tillis is not only against raising the minimum wage, but he thinks the entire minimum wage idea should be eliminated. He even called the idea of raising the minimum wage a “dangerous idea”:

U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis on Wednesday said he opposes President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the federal minimum wage, calling it a “dangerous idea.”

The Republican went even further to suggest government shouldn’t set a minimum wage, labeling it an “artificial threshold.”

When asked by a reporter if we should we get rid of the minimum wage, the Republican responded, “Yeah, I think you should consider anything that frees up the market, that creates more jobs.”

This is important because Tillis is the GOP establishment favorite. McConnell, as the Senate Minority Leader, has even donated to Tillis’ U.S. Senate campaign. These are supposedly not Tea Party extremists. It’s even more bizarre that in an election year, Tillis would feel so free to admit such a radical position… unless he doesn’t see it as radical at all.

And so we have to ask if getting rid of the minimum wage all together is the new Republican Party platform. Steve Benen at the Maddow Blog noticed the trend of Republicans against the minimum wage:

It’s not just Perry – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), among others, have all said recently they’re not only opposed to Democratic calls for a wage increase, but they’re also comfortable with scrapping the law altogether.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may believe the same thing, but when asked about his position, he refused to give an answer.

In January, McConnell claimed that raising the minimum wage would destroy jobs, and yet the Republican Party has blocked all but one of the jobs bills that the Democrats have proposed, and Republicans have not offered any of their own. McConnell excused his position regarding not wanting to raise the minimum wage by saying, “As part of our concern about creating jobs, the last thing we want to do is pass a measure to destroy jobs.”

Yet Mitch McConnell has been in Washington for 30 years and has never had a jobs plan. He is apparently waiting for the right time to unveil it, and so far, we are 43 days post his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, revealing her jobs plan, yet McConnell feels no pressure to come up with one of his own.

Tillis is the same guy who is getting hammered over Obamacare. Of course he’s a Republican so he’s against Obamacare, but he also doesn’t have anything else to replace it with because just like our U.S. House and Senate Republicans, he doesn’t think he needs to offer solutions.

Just as Republicans tried to hide their extremist agenda against women in 2010 and again in 2012 while at the same time touting it to the faithful, now they are trying to hide their anti-people agenda by claiming the minimum wage is bad for jobs.

While it might make sense at first glance to think that paying people more money would force employers to cut jobs, economists have differing opinions on the matter. Studying the fact that actually, the minimum wage has no discernible effect on employment, John Schmitt of the Center for Economic and Policy Research concluded that economists, “often have trouble establishing a clear link between a higher minimum wage and higher unemployment.” Why? “There are lots of possible ways that companies can adjust to modest wage hikes besides hiring fewer people.”

Perhaps Mr. Schmitt’s findings explain what is behind the Republican reticence on the minimum wage:

The report reviews evidence on eleven possible adjustments to minimum wage increases that may
help to explain why the measured employment effects are so consistently small. The strongest evidence suggests that the most important channels of adjustment are: reductions in labor turnover; improvements in organizational efficiency; reductions in wages of higher earners (“wage compression”); and small price increases.”

Yes, raising the minimum wage can cause a reduction in the wages of higher earners, and we can’t have that. We can’t have high earners having to survive in a free market that is not rigged for them.

The evidence has spoken, and once again, it disagrees with Republicans. But it raises alarming questions as to the intentions of establishment Republicans, should they win the Senate in 2014. It looks like Mitch McConnell, as a leader of establishment Republicans, is trying to build an army of Republicans to kill the minimum wage all together.

McConnell’s votes against the minimum wage number at least 16: Vote 23, 1/24/07; Vote 179, 6/21/06; Vote 26, 3/7/05; Vote 257, 10/19/05; Vote 76, 4/7/00; Vote 356, 11/9/99; Vote 239, 7/30/99; Vote 94, 4/28/99; Vote 77, 3/25/99; Vote 278, 9/22/98; Vote 184, 7/9/96; Vote 183, 7/9/96; Vote 519, 10/27/95; Vote 33, 7/31/95; Vote 68, 5/17/89; Vote 39, 4/12/89

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9 Replies to “Mitch McConnell is Building a Republican Army to Kill the Minimum Wage”

  1. The turtle should really be paying all of his attention his reelection rather than some notion that has no possibility of ever becoming reality. by some idiot dreamer is a state that doesn’t matter. At all.

  2. Minimum wage increase should happen, in fact it needs to happen,but we do have a large number of politicians that would like to see it abolished altogether. I wonder if these idiots have ever done the math. Rent is at an all time high.gas prices are high, food prices go up every day, insurance costs have to be met and prescription drug costs are high. Oh yes, can’t forget the taxes that we pay, a large portion of which are spent on these idiots that don’t want any one other than themselves to be well paid. At the rate things are going there will be a lot more homeless people than there are now.

  3. The argument against raising the minimum wage, that it’s a “job killer” is based on the false premise that the “demand theory” applies to labor, claiming that if labor costs more then businesses will buy less.

    If this claim was valid, they would be able to demonstrate their logic in a real world scenario, like this…

    Say you’re a business owner with a monthly profit goal of $100,000 and you’ve grown your business to support 100 employees, each worth $1000 a month to you in profit to you, thus meeting your goal. Then the minimum wage increases, raising you employee overhead by $500 a month per employee, meaning that you now need 200 employees to meet your goal. What do you do?

    a. Try to grow your business to support another 100 employees, thus meeting your monthly profit goal.

    Or, if you’re a Republican…

    b. Lay off 50 people in a desperate to appease your ideology, thus cutting your profits in half. Again. Stomp your feet and blame the Government.

  4. The Republicans only care about Corporations. To them the word worker is a dirty word. They not only deny the working american a livable wage, they also want to deny them affordable health care. This way if they are too sick and hungry, they willl not realize that they are getting riped off by the Republicans. Mitch has to go, he is the lowest form of life.

  5. The sad thing is there are still people that actually agree and support this son of SATAN. I think he is the biggest crook in the nation ! I also feel that not one elected official should be allowed to accept any gifts or any Lobby money and it be backed with an automatic 20 years in jail . Another thing is if the President of the USA can only serve two 4 year terms then this should apply to Senators and Congressmen !!

  6. Never doubt that these tools are thinking about their stock portfolios when they vote against American workers. They want to earn more on their investments and are afraid that voting to increase the minimum wage might cut into their earned dividends. Rachel Maddow showed on her program last night that only GOPTP supporters are against raising the minimum wage. Protecting their own incomes is the reason the GOPTP politicians don’t want to close tax loopholes. The GoPTPers are self-serving b*stards who couldn’t care less about us. As Pres. Obama ramps up the pressure to increase the minimum wage, they’ll do what they always do–say he doesn’t believe in the free market, talk about how redistribution of income is bad, and about how he’s waging a class war and dividing the nation’s citizens, blah, blah, blah. They’ll ignore all of the polls that show a majority of independents and democrats and some republicans think the minimum wage should be increased.

  7. James, I think you are entirely correct !This is Republican propaganda. They only shoot down ideas of other people but NEVER come up with a viable solution themselves…you know ….kinda like kids do each other to switch the blame of things when they are in trouble !!

  8. James, if your argument was true and each of those employees were worth $1000 profit for the corporation every month, then the company would have already had 200 or more employees each creating $1000 a month profit. If more employees at a company simply resulted in more profit for the owners there would be zero unemployment.

    Your contention in point A is false because business owners don’t wait until their expenses go up and THEN expand their business. A successful business owner is always looking for ways to increase sales and services. In fact their businesses will expand faster and sooner with less expenses and less government regulations. The sooner they expand the sooner they can hire more people.

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