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    bythesea, Gygaxian

    article in the NY Times talking about a conservative in California who was behind a ballot initiative eliminating bilingual education in the state and who once accused Pete Wilson of being a closet Democrat is planning an initiative to raise the minimum wage in California to $12 dollars an hour by 2016.

    And check out some of the arguments this particular Conservative puts forward in raising the minimum wage:

    Using what he sees as conservative principles to advocate a policy long championed by the left, Mr. Unz argues that significantly raising the minimum wage would help curb government spending on social services, strengthen the economy and make more jobs attractive to American-born workers.

    “There are so many very low-wage workers, and we pay for huge social welfare programs for them,” he said in an interview. “This would save something on the order of tens of billions of dollars. Doesn’t it make more sense for employers to pay their workers than the government?”

    Labor groups are naturally skeptical pointing out Unz hasn't been friendly to Labor related issues and are fearing his ballot measure could distract from the unions' efforts to tie the minimum wage to inflation, but they are welcoming his rationale for raising the minimum wage.

    The Republican party is now an extreme right-wing party that is owned by their billionaire campaign contributors. - Bernie Sanders

    by ehstronghold on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 10:09:38 AM PST

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