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  •  If Congress did that just for Wal-Mart, (2+ / 0-)
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    there would be a severe Constitutional problem with that.  Congress can't pass a law to penalize a particular person -- or entity -- because they don't like them.

    If you raised it to $20 for everyone, you'd have far fewer unskilled workers with jobs, but those with jobs would be making $20.  At that level, it makes huge economic sense to automate everything you possibly can (you'd do your own touchscreen ordering in fast food outlets, for example, and they'd pay lots of money to automate as much of the food prep as possible) and anyone who can would send jobs overseas, where labor is cheaper.  

    Small minimum wage increases -- say to $8.50 or $9 -- won't have that kind of dramatic effect.  

    •  But it can regulate a single entity. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm not aware of any constitutional prohibiton on that.

      If you have a case citation, please provide it.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 04:12:26 PM PDT

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    •  You are either (0+ / 0-)

      a republican or an idiot.  But I repeat myself.  

      It puts the lotion on its skin

      by Nada Lemming on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 10:30:08 PM PDT

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      •  NL - do you think Congress could pass a law (1+ / 0-)
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        requiring a higher minimum wage for one, single employer other than the federal government?

        It's a theoretical question because I don't think you could convince even a small minority of members of Congress that it would be a fair law, but I am curious if you think it would be legal.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 10:46:07 PM PDT

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        •  Here is where we agree (1+ / 0-)
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          Singling out one employer seems to me to be a bill of attainder.  

          Raise the wage to livable or don't.  

          When I was a 21 year old father, I worked at Target full time, not as a manager, and I could afford to feed, house, and have medical care for my family.  I made 20 cents over minimum wage.  

          Something has gone terribly wrong, and it's a combination of things.  Minimum wage should be indexed like social security.  No working person should need government assistance for food, rent, and health care.  

          It puts the lotion on its skin

          by Nada Lemming on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 10:04:02 AM PDT

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