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Sun Dec 1, 2013, 04:55 PM

Frmr Romney adviser: Minimum wage hike denies ‘opportunity’ for ‘bottom rung of the economic ladder'



Former Romney adviser: Minimum wage hike denies ‘opportunity’ for ‘bottom rung of the economic ladder’
By David Edwards
Sunday, December 1, 2013 14:42 EST


CNN contributor Kevin Madden, a former advisor and spokesperson for Mitt Romney (R), said on Sunday that Congress should not raise the minimum wage because it would deny people the “opportunity to grab that bottom rung of the economic ladder.”

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“The question here is economic opportunity and how we address it,” Madden remarked. “Oftentimes when you have the federal government or others step in and they start to raise the minimum wage, what happens is you take away or reduce some people’s opportunity to grab that bottom rung of the economic ladder, to get the opportunity and skills that you need to move up that economic ladder.”

“They’re still not high paying jobs though,” Crowley pressed.

Madden argued that there needed to be “greater economic opportunity across the spectrum of the economy” instead of just focusing on raising wages for the poorest Americans.

“And that’s something right now that we haven’t seen improve over the last few years,” he insisted. “And it’s not just about Congress, but it’s the {Obama} administration’s policies.”

Watch this video CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast Dec. 1, 2013-at link...

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/01/former-romney-adviser-minimum-wage-hike-denies-opportunity-for-bottom-rung-of-the-economic-ladder/

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Reply Frmr Romney adviser: Minimum wage hike denies ‘opportunity’ for ‘bottom rung of the economic ladder' (Original post)
babylonsister Dec 2013 OP
annabanana Dec 2013 #1
malaise Dec 2013 #2
bemildred Dec 2013 #3
dionysus Dec 2013 #4
LittleBlue Dec 2013 #5
etherealtruth Dec 2013 #6
davidn3600 Dec 2013 #7
arcane1 Dec 2013 #12
PumpkinAle Dec 2013 #8
arely staircase Dec 2013 #9
CTyankee Dec 2013 #10
Laelth Dec 2013 #11

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 04:59 PM

1. That bottom rung is JUST NOT ROTTEN ENOUGH

yeah that's the problem....

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 05:02 PM

2. WTF????

There are no words for this level of stupid

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 05:09 PM

3. WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 05:11 PM

4. ugh, what a bag o' douche...

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 05:15 PM

5. Lying f***

 

Why is this man allowed on CNN? He's putting forth an argument which is verifiably a lie.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 05:15 PM

6. WTF?

Raising the bottom rung does not allow corporations (and anyone else) the level of worker exploitation they desire ... that is it.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 05:23 PM

7. It's just more of their trickle down crap

 

How many years that ideology has been in place and all it's done is create a larger rift between the rich and the poor.

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Response to davidn3600 (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 06:09 PM

12. To give a poor person "incentive", give them less money. To give a CEO incentive, give them more

 

How can anyone listen to this fool and think "he has a very good point! If the lowest-paying jobs pay too much, nobody will be able to get them"

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 05:23 PM

8. Those doing the denying

are the folks like the Kochs, Romney, Waltons et al.

They may want that bottom rung but they sure as hell have removed the next few so that people will stay impoverished.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 05:26 PM

9. more let them eat cake

tone deaf nonsense from the Romney-car elevator dancing horse wing of the GOP.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 05:33 PM

10. His argument makes no sense. A minimum wage is minimum that an employer can pay.

It IS the bottom rung. So how does this undermine one's ability to get that job?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 06:08 PM

11. Madden is ignorant and infuriating.

Elizabeth Warren has shown that the 1962 minimum wage, if adjusted for inflation and massive increases in productivity, would equal $22.00/hr. today. If we had adequate "economic opportunity" in 1962 with a $22.00/hr. minimum wage, I fail to see why we can not survive with the same level of economic opportunity today.

-Laelth

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