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  •  I see McMahon's point (1+ / 0-)
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    I would not vote for McMahon although I do
    see the reasoning behind not raising the minimum wage in these economic times. I would like to see a living wage for all one day,when the economy is maintainable.The economy and jobs must come first.Our youth's unemployment is at record highs. In some cities youth unemployment is 50%.If a small business can hire semi skilled workers with a track record ,for a few dollars more, the minimum wage workers will be left without a job.The closer minimum wage is, to the average wages of workers, with some work history, the less minimum wage workers will be hired. Businesses are in the business of making money.There is less risk of hiring someone who will walk off the job the second day after training or be on time,if a worker with a work history is available.  

    •  she didn't sat 'don't raise the mimimum wage' (0+ / 0-)

      she's said she's open to lowering it. To what? But her spin is out, and she;s backpedaling:

      UPDATE 4:20 PM: The McMahon campaign says reporters are wrong to suggest McMahon favors lowering the minimum wage. From a spokesman: "I think a good deal of creative interpretation is needed for anybody to take away from these quotes that she is in favor of reducing the minimum wage. She is clearly saying that we ought to review whether this is in fact the time to raise the rate. It's impossible to accept the spin that a handful of reporters are putting on this without changing the definition of the word 'review.' That word is not one and the same with 'cut'. Noah Webster, I'm certain, is turning over in his grave today."

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

      it clearly is biting her.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 03:10:30 PM PDT

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      •  How mean and evil, to take her literally! (0+ / 0-)

        "Review" definitely includes the possibility of reducing when she uses the present tense:

        ...but I think we ought to review how much it ought to be, and whether or not we ought to have increases in the minimum wage," McMahon said.

        And the reporter's opening lede is completely reasonable:

        Connecticut's Republican U.S. Senate candidate says future increases to state and federal minimum wages should be evaluated, and she isn't ruling out reducing the current rate to help struggling businesses.

    •  note the first link (0+ / 0-)

      and she isn't ruling out reducing the current rate to help struggling businesses.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 03:16:04 PM PDT

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    •  That makes little sense to me (0+ / 0-)
      For any job I've seen anywhere near the minimum wage, there's no negotiation. The job pays what it pays. They hire the best (or sometimes the first) applicant.

      With unemployment as high as it is now, you can hire those semi-skilled workers with track records for minimum wage. They'd be stupid to hold out for more.

      Besides, all other things being equal, I'd rather have the business hire the semi-experienced guy and pay him a little more. More money goes into the local area, boosts the economy.

      The Empire never ended.

      by thejeff on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 04:32:19 PM PDT

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