2:33 PM, May 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
President Romney, as Marina Koren of the National Journal reports, appeared today on the television show Morning Joe and said:
"As you know, I part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of minimum wage … I think we ought to raise it. Quite frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.”
The “quite frankly” bit is nice. The man takes a stand. Sort of like how:
January 2012, Mitt Romney said he had long been in favor of increasing the minimum wage. A few months later, facing outcry from the right, he reversed his stance.
He never said, “Read my lips,” but the phrase was pretty much out of fashion in 2012. So he called himself “severely conservative.”
To President Romney’s mind, the minimum wage was never really that important. Not worth taking a lot of flack from the media and seeing those poll numbers dropping by the day. The knuckle-draggers may be attached to the issue but then … what do they know about the real world of business and politics and reaching across aisles and finding common ground in the fashion that was so successful in the campaign of 2012?
Your position on the issues, one day to the next, isn’t what’s important. Winning is what’s important. President Romney, and Republicans like him, have proven they know how to win.
2:09 PM, Apr 3, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In the midst of the Obama administration's latest push to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released an analysis showing the the percentage of hourly workers earning at or below the minimum wage is down to 4.3 percent, or 3.3 million workers.
Mar 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26 • By FRED BARNES
President Obama talks, talks, talks about jobs. The first 20 minutes of his State of the Union address in January was all about jobs. Immigration reform would “create jobs for everybody,” he said. His energy policy “is creating jobs.” Obama said he’s assigned Vice President Biden to make sure training programs match workers with “good jobs that need to be filled right now.” Last week he described his new budget as “a road map for creating jobs.”
1:08 PM, Mar 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the White House is focused on making the argument for raising the minimum wage. In just a few minutes, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will be joined on the phone with Governor Malloy of Connecticut, Governor Chafee of Rhode Island, and Governor Shumlin of Vermont to make that case.
Conservatives and the unemployed.Mar 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 24 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Millions of Americans, glutted with benefits that until now have seemed likely to be renewed and renewed again, have suddenly become devoid of ambition, shed the work ethic, and taken to the couch and the TV remote. Or found a back pain or emotional problem that entitles them to the even higher benefits designed to ameliorate the plight of truly disabled workers.
8:18 AM, Jan 29, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama called for a minimum wage hike in his State of the Union Address, but to hear Washington state Democrats tell it, wages aren't the main concern: The real problem is the modern American workplace itself. The minimum wage in Washington state is already $9.32 an hour, more than two dollars an hour higher than the current federal minimum wage.
There are better ways to help workers than the minimum wage.Dec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By IKE BRANNON
There is a vintage Corvette parked on the street nearby, a 1977 canary yellow model in perfect condition. The NADA Blue Book says it’s worth around $15,000.
The car is someone’s toy: I know that because it hasn’t been moved for an entire year. I’ve seen the owner visit it a couple of times to rev the engine and give it a sponge bath, but it’s been in the exact same spot since last Christmas.
Long-term unemployment is a serious problem. Liberals don’t have an answer. Conservatives can do better.Dec 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14 • By MICHAEL R. STRAIN
Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee wrote a letter on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican and Ways and Means chairman, urging him to devote some committee time to extending federal unemployment benefits. At issue is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, enacted in 2008 to offer qualifying unemployed workers benefits above and beyond what are available during normal economic times.
7:28 AM, Sep 20, 2013 • By VICTORINO MATUS
If you couldn't tell from all the red banners this was a far-left rally, you could probably tell by the smell. It was an earthy group consisting of various age groups and even more various hair dyes. They seem to like denim. And I think I've figured out how they managed to give their blue jeans that unwashed look.
12:28 PM, Sep 19, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
Yesterday, President Obama signed a number of supposedly uncontroversial bills into law.
One new law contains a provision that has been controversial in the past.
The law, S. 256, gives the government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) authority over submerged lands surrounding its coastlines, gives the President authority to establish naval defensive sea areas there, and also delays scheduled increases in the minimum wage for the remote island.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:05 PM, Feb 15, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Fred Barnes, hosted by Michael Graham:
9:21 PM, Feb 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In tonight's State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama calls for minimum wage to be raised to $9 per hour.
12:00 AM, Feb 10, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
When Heritage Action, the new lobbying arm of the Heritage Foundation, scored the votes of House Republicans last year, a furor erupted. Republicans were incensed because their votes on a number of small, nice-sounding issues were counted, often reducing their conservative rating. A classic example was the firefighter grant program that 147 House Republicans voted to favor with $320 million last summer, though the program has been found to be ineffective and wasteful.
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