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Romney has supported automatic minimum wage increases since 2002 when he ran for governor of Massachusetts.  And for the first time in his political career, he's not backing away from his past.

From the Associated Press yesterday:

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney renewed his support Wednesday for automatic increases in the federal minimum wage to keep pace with inflation, a position sharply at odds with traditional GOP business allies, conservatives and the party's senior lawmakers.

This is going to explode right winger heads just as Romney seems to be clinching the nomination.  

Romney instantly tool flak from the Club for Growth, which responded with "Indexing the minimum wage would be an absolute job killer.  It's anti-growth."  

Newt Gingrich is also calling the proposal "a very dangerous idea."

"Any minimum wage increase will significantly affect the bottom line of the nation's small business owners," said Chamber of Commerce vice president Bruce Josten.

Currently the minimum wage in ten states are indexed to inflation:  Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.  The idea is generally favored by unions and Democrats.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, or about $15,000 a year full-time.  If $15k*CPI is what's preventing people from hiring, we've got bigger problems than minimum wage.  I commend Romney here for at least not backing down on his own position, knowing this hurts him with the base.

I'm not quite ready for this country to have a labor market like that of China where the minimum wage is $0.25 an hr and a 2bdrm condo costs $100,000. It's absolutely foolish to try to outdo China on the basis of cheap labor. This is a one-way ticket to Third World status.

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  •  He will promise anything. (1+ / 0-)
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    This is in response to his commeents yesterday.

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 07:34:44 AM PST

    •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

      Hardly, since he has been supporting the idea for almost 10 years.

      Sadly, everything Communism said about itself was a lie. Even more sadly,, everything Communism said about Capitalism was the truth.

      by GayIthacan on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 07:51:16 AM PST

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      •  Yes, just an accident he highlighted it today. (0+ / 0-)

        Why would this be different from any other policy?  He was pro-choice for years also.

        Romney uses polices as marketing tools only.  He has one guiding principle: economic exploitation.

        I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

        by TomP on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 08:26:01 AM PST

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        •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

          Except you implied that he either just came to this position today or else that he somehow flip-flopped.

          He did neither.

          He has consistently held this position for a decade.

          Shocking, I know. :D

          Sadly, everything Communism said about itself was a lie. Even more sadly,, everything Communism said about Capitalism was the truth.

          by GayIthacan on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 10:33:50 AM PST

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  •  He's pretty sure he's gonna win the nom. (4+ / 0-)
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    followyourbliss, Crider, guinea, Wee Mama

    Time to make incremental steps back to the center. He's got a long way to go and that's assuming the center will believe him.  His credibility ain't the best with any segment.  Maybe it's time to start hitting the airwaves assailing it.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 07:38:23 AM PST

  •  The right wing is going to have a field day! (3+ / 0-)
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    guinea, skillet, Wee Mama

    I'm loving it because this proposal is EXACTLY what was proposed by President Obama in 2007, although he didn't follow up on it.

  •  The minimum wage is a scam (0+ / 0-)

    When businesses organize, they demand what they want, not want they think workers will give them. "Will you guys work for three hours today? How about two and a half?"

    "How about sub poverty wages, and we'll tie it to an official inflation index which is criminally adjusted to not reflect the actual increase in cost of goods?"

    Workers should be demanding $60, $70 per hour in minimum wage.

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 07:39:37 AM PST

  •  The DeathStar Willard is positioning itself over (0+ / 0-)

    Nevada......charging be continued.

  •  Romney ...LOL (0+ / 0-)

    Romney is such a tool he would endorse himself to engage in anal intercourse on TV if it woould win him the election.  Afterwards he would then state it was just a trick by his opponets and that he does not condone it.

    Romney is such a lying POS flip-flopping, spineless, poll controlled tool, that you can't believe a word he says.

    He stands for NOTHING!

    He is just a PUPPET of the uber-wealthy to be controlled and his strings pulled!

    First, what is it you want us to pay taxes for? Tell me what I get and perhaps I'll buy it. --- Robert A. Heinlein

    by TMIAHM on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 07:41:55 AM PST

  •  So much for business savvy. (0+ / 0-)

    The more things you tether to inflation, the more inflation becomes a feedback loop.

    If he wants to help poor people (imagine, for a moment, this is true) dealing with inflation he'd be far better off, you know, dealing with inflation.

  •  He realizes that the far right is going to be (1+ / 0-)
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    weight in the general and is already adjusting his points?

    I'd like to see HIM and all his kids live on minimum wage for a year. The man would be singing a different tune regardless of WHAT he ties min. wage to.

    He is clueless.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 11:49:39 AM PST

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