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Senator Harkin: Increasing the minimum wage by 39% will create 100,000 new jobs or something





This is spectacularly stupid on so many levels that I’m literally speechless. So I’ll just post it without comment as the moronic quote of the day.

While I was heartened to hear President Obama make the minimum wage a centerpiece of his State of the Union Address, I believe that his proposal of $9 per hour does not go far enough to ensure that working families can make ends meet. Soon, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and I will introduce legislation that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and raise the minimum wage for tipped workers for the first time in more than 20 years. Our proposal, like President Obama’s, would also provide for automatic increases linked to changes in the cost of living.

Raising the minimum wage is one of the simplest and most effective ways to help working families succeed. It also helps our economy by putting additional money in the hands of consumers who will spend it right away in their local communities.

Contrary to publicized myths, research proves that increasing the minimum wage will not cost us jobs; in fact, our proposal would create at least 100,000 jobs through increased consumer spending.

Er … why don’t we make it $50 per hour.  Then everyone will be making $100,000 a year. By Harkin’s logic, that would create millions of jobs "through increased consumer spending", right?



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  • Guest

    Liberalism is a mental disorder! LOL

    • Exgunman

      One of these Mental disorders should be named after harkin. "harkin syndrome" = being able to babble/ramble on for at least 3 paragraphs or more, and make no logical sense in any of them. It affects ALL liberals, but is largely not yet diagnosed by their shrinks as it would affect their (Shrinks) income and could get them killed by their customers if the shrink gave them the cure.(God forbid, Becoming Conservative)………………………………

  • conservativemama

    Oh God. Sequester away and start with cutting Congressional pay by at least 50%. These people are too stupid to merit their current salary.

    The older I get, the more shocked I am by how ASTOUNDINGLY IGNORANT our leaders are. Honestly, Harkin is stupid on steroids.

  • section9

    The man is a flippin’ genius. The Pericles of our age.

  • MaMcGriz

    1oo,ooo jobs?

    Not with small businesses like mine, mr. harkin.

    Not with mine.

    • AmazedOne1

      I hear ya!

  • virginiagentleman1

    Look very closely at the picture of Sen. Harkin.
    Study it.
    Now re-read his statement concerning minimum wages.
    You now know all you need to know about dementia and senallity.

  • misterlogic0013

    raising the minimum wage is a direct raise in taxes, easy way to get more income for Sam. Eliminate minimum wage, pay what the job is worth .. A man or woman should be worth their sweat .. end the bull .. supply / demand .. not complicated ..

  • Quiet_Righty

    Of course, no one from any major paper or broadcast network will call him out on his stupidity.

  • 01_Explorer_01

    Harkin, Some old coot who should have his pay cut.

  • RedDaveR

    Another typical Democrat that simply doesn’t understand basic economics.

    • mymati

      Heck RedDave he doesn’t understand basic math let alone economics, or he is playing games with the American people, to what end I do not know.

  • Christopher H Fromme

    The good thing is that he is retiring in 2 years, maybe he can find honest work on an Iowa farm

    • bucky321

      hog farm

  • jester2939

    Wow. That goes against everything I learned in Business Math!

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