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Old 02-07-2012, 01:48 PM
 
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Mitt Romney's position on the minimum wage has some on the right sounding the alarm about his candidacy--and it could expose a dangerous fault line between Romney and some of the Republican Party's most reliable backers.

Romney said last week that he supports regular increases in the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation, a position he took as a candidate for president in 2008. Six years before that, as a candidate for Massachusetts governor, Romney supported linking automatic increases in the state's minimum wage to inflation. "I haven't changed my thoughts on that," he told reporters.

Indexing the minimum wage to inflation is a goal of many labor-backed groups and liberal Democrats, who say it would help millions of working people. In recent years, Republicans, backed by their allies in the business community, have opposed such efforts, arguing that raising the minimum wage would reduce employment. Some on the right have come out against the very concept of a minimum wage.
Romney's comments have caused concern among conservatives inside and outside the party.

"It goes to show he's still very defensive about his own wealth," Steve Forbes, the publishing magnate who made his own bids for the presidency in 1996 and 2000, told Yahoo News. "All it does is give the base another reason to be unenthusiastic about him."

awww its a bad week for Mr Romney.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:52 PM
 
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He aligns more with the Democrats than any candidate running. Next time he changes his mind again, which will probably be soon, he needs to re-register as a Democrat.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:31 PM
 
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I know the only reason he said this was in reaction to his poor peoples comments
and now he is in hot water with steve forbes.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Tampa Florida
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Does it seem that Conservatives are upset with everything, even Conservatism?
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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awww its a bad week for Mr Romney.
Not to worry. Tomorrow he will claim that he's against ever raising the minimum wage, and he will then go on to declare that that's always been his position on the subject.

Lather, rinse, repeat.
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Not to worry. Tomorrow he will claim that he's against ever raising the minimum wage, and he will then go on to declare that that's always been his position on the subject.

Lather, rinse, repeat.
And he wont even have to expalin it. The rwnj will cheer the thought of making the poor even poorer
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:37 PM
 
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Romney said last week that he supports regular increases in the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation, a position he took as a candidate for president in 2008.
I think what he should have said he will repeal the minimum wage and restore sound money. Sound money has no inflation, only deflation.
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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Not to worry. Tomorrow he will claim that he's against ever raising the minimum wage, and he will then go on to declare that that's always been his position on the subject.

Lather, rinse, repeat.
Freedom Works: "Romney is the modern day equivalent of Nelson Rockefeller trying to sell himself to Ronald Reagan's party."

Someone needs to let Ann Coulter know. She is claiming there are no more Rockefeller Republicans left. LOL! This woman has totally left the reservation.
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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This is a tempest in a tea pot. If you're going to have a minimum wage, why wouldn't it make sense to index it to inflation? I think the minimum wage is a dumb idea, like any price control, but for those who have fallen for it, it would seem that indexing it is a logical consequence.

We have an indexed minimum wage here in the state of WA. I believe our minimum wage is is the highest in the nation. Friends who have teenage kids tell me it's almost impossible for them to find a summer job. The labor unions ran a state initiative (ballot measure) and got it passed about 10 years ago. It's good for the unions because it prices their competition--unskilled, low productivity workers--out of the market.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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Does it seem that Conservatives are upset with everything, even Conservatism?


Yep, pretty much. I must not be one anymore and I think I am glad!
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