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Brown: Put minimum above $10 (video)

Detractors say wage hike would hurt small employers

March 26, 2013

BOARDMAN — Sherrod Brown says raising the federal minimum wage will be a ‘‘tough sell’’ on Capitol Hill with special interest groups against it, but the U.S....

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Mar-28-13 11:57 PM

DeeeRRrrr goes da Dingo.

Spewing and towing the party line.

She so predicktable.


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Mar-28-13 11:25 AM

Barstool Republicans attacking Sherrod Brown because he's fighting for the working class. Small wonders never cease.

What is it that causes these Republican voters who barely make ends meet, to get off work after a tough day and start talking like they're Steve Forbes?

No wonder the Democratic party is trending in the voting booth with GOP voters telling friends and neighbors they want them to die, not only young without health care, but also in abject poverty.

The party of cranky old white men indeed. Thanx Sherrod!

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Mar-28-13 7:53 AM

And please let me add, are your children able to move OUT at 18 and be able to pay RENT and utilities on minimum wage? I mean think about this... THEY CAN'T do it. They will be asking for government assistance eventually, and well, their parents also because they won't be able to make it. Kids are living with their parents longer now because there is no way they can make it on a full time job on their own. Not everyone has the luxery of working at General Motors. Our children are going to be living with us for a very long time. (or borrowing money) And lets say they go to college, we are still going to be supporting them unless they have a scholarship and even then we have to pitch in for room and board... oh yes and food. Seriously... it's too hard to make it on minimum wage, and unfortunately, the article is right... I know a LOT of adults (single parents at that) that are working for minimum wage and can't make ends meet.

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Mar-28-13 7:46 AM

Maybe flipping burgers and making french fries is fine for minimum wage, however have any of you considered the men and women that take care of your loved ones in nursing homes? There is one specific nursing home that pays minimum wage and that is for a state tested nurses aide. The things nurses aides do and put up with on a daily basis deserves much much more than minimum wage. They care for your loved one like they are family, yet they make next to nothing to support their OWN families. I would think your grandparents/sisters/brothers/aunts/uncles are important enough to raise it to get workers that feel like they are making a paycheck worth working hard for. Getting kicked/bitten/smacked by dementia/alzhiemers patients isn't an easy job, and it takes someone with patience... so many forget this. Raising the min. wage rate would give these nursing homes no choice but to pay more to their hard working workers.

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Mar-27-13 7:49 PM

"Raising the minimum wage would do far more good, for ALL of us, than harm -- that's a proven fact. "

Nah, it would only benefit minimum wage hacks like you.

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Mar-27-13 9:55 AM

Burger King don't pay squat! I'm just sayin

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Mar-27-13 9:55 AM

Marmul, I work hard for minimum wage so yes, I should be getting paid at least $10.00 per hour and $22 would be nice.

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Mar-27-13 9:23 AM

I might add . . . if this takes effect, where do you think you're going to find a $1 cheeseburger, a $5 pizza, a $5 sub, or a $1 drink?

EVERYTHING will be absorbed somewhere.

This huge jump in wages, along with high unemployment, and high "under-employment", has the possibility of actually changing workplace dynamics for a long time coming.

New entry level workers are going to be the beneficaries(sp), of more jobs taken by a readily available, experienced, unemployed and under-employed workforce that actually will use these jobs in an attempt to keep their families intact.

Younger workers, who do more than their share to keep the economy humming(very willing to spend money), will cease to be the economic force they have been to our economy.

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Mar-27-13 9:09 AM

The vast majority of local businesses, where you actually know the owner, does not make the kinds of profits you attribute to them.

They live on limited incomes like most people. They might make more than a lot of people, but they are far from what anyone can call rich.

When cost's go up(in this case wages), they are concerned with paying the higher wages to their employees and the higher associated costs of all the businesses who too have to absorb their own higher wages.

All this while still maintaining a profit margin(for the business), in hard times and worrying that their house won't be the next house lost for lack of adequate funds to keep the mortgage up.

This is a HUGE jump mandated in a very short period, in hard times to say the least.

BAD move...

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Mar-27-13 8:03 AM

"Raising the minimum wage would do far more good, for ALL of us, than harm -- that's a proven fact."

Stupid comment of the year. All the evidence points to the opposite conclusion. Everytime minumum Wage was raised the cost of living went up thus putting you right back in the same boat. What moron thinks you should get 22 and hour for flipping burgers??? Washing lettuce??? Making French fries???? Busing tables???? Are we truly this stupid of a population? I cannot believe people like Sherrod brown and Eliz. Warren actually get elected.. They are insane!

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Mar-27-13 7:57 AM

The economic illiterate trying to damage the economy even further. Isn’t plain as day to you losers that the liberals just entice you with goodies for your votes. Ever hear the saying if it is sounds too good to be true it probably is? Are you people children or adults? Do you really think this will not affect anything else, that teenagers will just be running around with more money and there will be the same amount of MM jobs available and goods associated with MM will cost the same? At what point do you realize the destruction everything you support has caused? They are trying to take incentive out of life so you zombies never strive to learn thus providing them with a complacent, ignorant flock of sheep dependent on crumbs.

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Mar-27-13 7:57 AM

The trouble is, S.Brown's proposal is pitiful compared to the ideas of, say Elizabeth Warren, who wonders why the minmum wage isn't $22/hr. -- she's the kind of Senator we need in Ohio.

Raising the minimum wage would do far more good, for ALL of us, than harm -- that's a proven fact.

You can like it or hate it as a matter of principle, but the FACT of the matter remains that raising the minimum wage would hane NO EFFECT on the number of jobs available, and may actually stimulate the creation of MORE jobs as demand generated by those with more to spend increases.

Further, we taxpayers would be relieved of the burden of subsidizing the support of the working poor, in the form of food stamps and Medicaid.

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Mar-27-13 7:19 AM

From everything I read hear you have to wonder how a guy like Sherwood Brown could be elected. Minimum was never expected to be capable of supporting family, but we all know how many people after 20 and 30 years in the work force have never advanced. Requiring business (even McDonalds) to pay higher wages will only result in less workers being hired and trained. How stupid are these politicians ( or is SB just sucking up to Obama after he said the same stupid statement.)

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Mar-27-13 2:57 AM

Resistance....Your comment is correct, and the only one that makes sense even. This bill is purely a response to the extreme amounts of inflation littering our entire economy. It is also a sign of how weak our currency is becoming. The price of food and energy products are set to skyrocket.

This should be a warning to all of you. What you pay at the pump today is cheap to what lies directly ahead.

This is inflation. It can be nothing else.

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Mar-26-13 9:01 PM

The funniest thing is the same people that cry to hammer the rich on taxes want to be able to work a minimum wage job as a career, and wonder why they aren't rich. You raise taxes, they raise goods and services. You raise minimum wage, they raise goods and services. The same people crying for this are the ones that actually end up paying for the tax or wage increase. People that own businesses and are rich didn't get there by doing stupid things. No matter what way you try to scam the system and get something for nothing you will find it ends up screwing you in the end. It would be really funny how stupid people are if it wasn't my country they are destroying.

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Mar-26-13 8:43 PM

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Mar-26-13 8:43 PM

"record brakeing profets I'm just saying "


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Mar-26-13 6:31 PM

S, Brown, the big nosed Clown, if 10 is good, why not make it 100 dollars an hour and they shouldn't be forced to work over 2 hours per day.

Brown the Clown makes 200 dollars per hour, what's for the peon's

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Mar-26-13 5:46 PM

Wages have consistently fallen under bonehead. Enough said.

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Mar-26-13 1:50 PM

slapsackjack, in the last two decades minimum wage has nearly doubled. Read a freegin book. I do agree everybody is worthy of a guaranteed fair wage. However, doing something anybody can learn to do in two days isn't a skill. When minimum wage goes up, goods go up, food goes up, heating cost, electric, etc... just goes up. Those of us that make more than minimum wage don't have our wages adjusted to compensate for this market inflation. If you don't want to make minimum wage for the rest of your life do something to guard against it. Get a trade, education, skills, etc... Don't put your lack of preparation as a reason for your demise. I didn't spend my time and money getting an education and a trade to be equal to those that did nothing.

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Mar-26-13 1:23 PM

I like the idea but somehow do not believe $10 an hour minimum wages can be supported by the economy...

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Mar-26-13 12:13 PM

Basically speaking, minimum wage jobs are jobs in the work entry field.

Obviously, this is not always true, but there's a ring of truth to it and younger workers are usually not hired because they're young . . . they're hired because they're cheap and give a better profit margin.

As minimum wages go up, I would venture to say that the people who will suffer the most will be the entry level workers who would now be getting wages that more experienced workers would be willing to work for.

An employer will have to consider experience of an older(out of work), worker over the inexperienced entry level worker . . . who is no longer, so cheap.

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Mar-26-13 10:51 AM

“No one in this world....has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby." H.L. Mencken

When Sherrod Brown opens his mouth, he confirms that he is either an economic ignoramus, or a typical liberal demagogue. Does he really believe that if the cost of something is artificially raised, be it a product or labor, that sentient human beings will not change their behavior? How did he compute that $10.10 per hour is a fair wage but not $9.45 or $10.50? Why does he think that the government is qualified to stick its nose between consenting adults in their desire to freely contract out their labors?

The relentless intervening of the government to interject its concept of fairness into the free market system in America has led to a chronic situation of low skill, unemployable job seekers and unfilled, higher skilled job openings. Meanwhile, the elitist politicians laugh their way to the bank.

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Mar-26-13 10:21 AM

Do you want that wannabe socialist telling you what price you must pay for a commodity you purchase - i.e. bread, milk, gas, sweatshirts, movie tickets, etc.?

Would you not say that prices should be determined by the free market based on supply and demand rather than someone in DC?

Then why do you support this person telling a small business owner what price he must pay for a commodity - in this case the commodity is a unit of labor?

With chronic high unemployment and a long term fragile economy, who among us really thinks that adding significantly to labor costs will end well for small businesses and for America?

What Constitutional provision does the good Senator cite that gives the senate the authority to establish prices that independent business people must pay for goods and services?

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Mar-26-13 10:11 AM

We need it to increase! Two decades of no increases while people at the top are witnessing record brakeing profets I'm just saying

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