Minimum Wage

Romney and Cotton Want to Punish Businesses With Minimum Wage Hike and More Immigration Paperwork

Leading Republicans continue to find dubious areas of agreement with Democrats.

|

Sen. Mitt Romney (R–Utah) spent the last several years at the forefront of the unofficial anti-Trump conservative coalition on Capitol Hill. In his latest turn, however, he is taking a cue from the populist Trumpian policy agenda, announcing a proposed increase to the federal minimum wage.

There's a catch. "I'm introducing a bill with @SenTomCotton that would increase the minimum wage," tweeted Romney, "while ensuring businesses cannot hire illegal immigrants. We must protect American workers."

Romney added that the proposal "gradually raises the minimum wage without costing jobs, setting it to increase automatically with inflation."

Members of the GOP have historically rebuffed such efforts, casting them as an economically unsound, one-size-fits-all band-aid that takes away state agency and spurs job losses. The data are on their side: A recent Congressional Budget Office report noted that increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour would lift 900,000 people out of poverty but simultaneously destroy 1.4 million jobs—a metric that was held up as proof positive that Democrats' recent push to pass that minimum wage increase via budget reconciliation would hurt the people they want to help.

Though the Romney-Cotton bill has yet to be unveiled, how exactly they plan to skirt job losses remains unclear—even if the figure they settle on sits below that magic $15 number. It appears they both believe some of that will be offset by ensuring undocumented immigrants stay unemployed, though that will not help native workers displaced by wages that employers cannot sustain.

What's more, Romney will be disappointed to find that shutting immigrants out does not "protect American workers" as he claims—something a bipartisan group in the House acknowledged as recently as 2019 when they passed the immigration-friendly Farm Workforce Modernization Act.

"While some worry that these visas displace American workers, U.S. farmers are required by law to offer H-2A positions first to people who can already legally work in the U.S. They seldom find enough takers," I wrote at the time. "The Cornell Farmworker Program found that dairy farmers rely on undocumented workers because they cannot identify a sufficient amount of U.S.-born employees to fill the positions. This might explain why approximately 50 percent of all farmworkers are undocumented immigrants, according to the Department of Agriculture."

The immigration component aside, forcing businesses to increase labor costs, especially during a pandemic when many are lucky to keep the lights on, would naturally have a suppressant effect on employment. But the effort is indicative of a relatively new brand forming in some parts of the GOP, made up of traditional rightward social views with a leftward tilt on economic policy. "There are a lot of areas of potential overlap," Oren Cass, an aide on Romney's presidential runs in 2008 and 2012, told The New York Times. "There's a hypothetical governing majority to be drawn around the things we're talking about that doesn't exist within either party."

Cass is now the founder of American Compass, the goal of which is to determine "what the post-Trump right-of-center is going to be." Romney's bill is a good example of where that's headed: a Venn Diagram where the left and the right increasingly see eye to eye on solutions that create more problems than they solve.

NEXT: Renewable Energy Is Not the Chief Cause of Texas' Power Outages

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Can we please make eVerify mandatory?

    Interesting the birdbrain Binion does not mention this as a way to encourage illegal aliens to return to the shitholes they came from.

    1. Probably not the best idea.

      Even on its own measure of success—ending illegal employment—E-Verify fails miserably. In 2018, E-Verify confirmed 86 percent of illegal hires. While proponents see the 14 percent who don’t get confirmed as worth it, they ignore entirely the cost: the tens of thousands of legal workers who suffer. Americans should not need to “prove their innocence” to get a job. The government has the responsibility to prove guilt. E-Verify cuts against this fundamental principle, and it undermines the rights of every American. Trump was right to reject the system[.]

      1. I’m good with knocking out 86%.

        1. You misunderstand. E-verify only knocked out 14% of illegal applicants. It incorrectly allowed 86% of those who should have been rejected.

          Regardless of what you think about the idea of verification, E-Verify is a truly awful implementation of the idea.

          1. Then we need a better system. No more illegals.

      2. Yeah, I don’t like forcing employers to participate in enforcing immigration regulations. You want to control the borders, fine. But private employment transactions ought to be no one else’s business.

        1. I agree. Getting private individuals to act like law enforcement is a soft sort of draft.

      3. I don’t understand this logic. If illegals can’t get jobs they will have little reason to migrate here. Once that is accomplished we can enlarge our legal immigration. You mention the failure of the system in 2018 but keep that in perspective, only 13.5 percent of the work force was using the system. Get 100% compliance and the results will be greatly magnified. Also companies will think twice about hiring illegals if we make real penalties for doing so. Prison time for CEO’s etc…We are going about the problem in exactly the wrong way.

    2. [ PART TIME JOB FOR USA ] Making money online more than 15$ just by doing simple works from home. I have received $18376 last month. Its an easy and simple job to do and its earnings are much better than regular officeVGT job and even a little child can do this and earns money. Everybody must try this job by just use the info
      on this page…. Visit Here

  2. “In his latest turn, however, he is taking a cue from the populist Trumpian policy agenda, announcing a proposed increase to the federal minimum wage.”

    I guess in between all of the hysterical coverage about RUSSIA! and the INSURRECTION! I missed the part where Trump was pushing for a federal minimum wage.

    1. It’s almost like they pin everything “bad” on Trump or his supporters. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the things are diametrically opposed to what the man himself proposed or that the people proposing these things also opposed him.
      Calling Romney a “leading republican” at this point is dishonest. He has always been a RINO and being anti-Trump destroyed any principled connection he once had to conservatives

      1. “It’s almost like they pin everything “bad” on Trump or his supporters.”

        There’s no “almost” about it. That’s exactly what they are doing. Romney’s soft socialism is apparently the exact same thing as Trump’s hard nationalism. How Reason can make such connections with a straight face is absolutely beyond me.

        At the end of the day, the entire media and blogosphere is permanently addicted to Trump. They cannot stop writing about him even if they wanted to. It’s easy. It’s cheap. It gets clicks. It doesn’t have to be accurate, factual, or even just sensible to warrant publication.

        Imagine discovering a way to hack your job where you can keep doing the same stupid thing over and over again and being rewarded for it. That is the cycle in which our journalists live, and it is the cycle in which they will die.

        1. And calling Romney part of a coalition of conservatives is a pathetic joke. He isn’t, and they are not.

  3. “In his latest turn, however, he is taking a cue from the populist Trumpian policy agenda, announcing a proposed increase to the federal minimum wage.”

    I was assured that Romney was wrong within normal parameters.

    1. 5d chess?

    2. Isn’t he so dreamy?

      1. Handsomesque.

        1. Delecto-able

  4. //”While some worry that these visas displace American workers, U.S. farmers are required by law to offer H-2A positions first to people who can already legally work in the U.S. They seldom find enough takers,” I wrote at the time. “The Cornell Farmworker Program found that dairy farmers rely on undocumented workers because they cannot identify a sufficient amount of U.S.-born employees to fill the positions. This might explain why approximately 50 percent of all farmworkers are undocumented immigrants, according to the Department of Agriculture.”//

    Well, basic economics would dictate that the solution to this problem would be to offer to pay people more, or to pursue innovative technological advancements.

    No, of course not. That would not be libertarian at all. The proper solution is to hire illegals.

    Why pay more money, when you can have slaves?

    1. Well, basic economics would dictate that the solution to this problem would be to offer to pay people more, or to pursue innovative technological advancements.

      No, of course not. That would not be libertarian at all. The proper solution is to hire illegals.

      The proper solution is for willing buyer and willing seller of any product or service, like labor, come to a freely-chosen agreement for a transaction. So if there are sellers of labor willing to agree to a certain wage, why should the buyers of labor raise their offering wage?

      1. “[S]ellers of labor …”

        Illegal immigrants.

        1. Along with all other people who work for a living. There is nothing particularly sinister when undocumented migrants do the same thing.

          1. “There is nothing particularly sinister when undocumented migrants do the same thing.”

            Sinister? Who said anything about hiring illegals being sinister? Just understand that hiring illegals is not free market economics, but market manipulation in violation of existing laws for the sole purpose of depressing wages.

            1. No, laws that restrict the labor pool is a form of protectionism. It’s these laws that are the ones manipulating the labor market, not the people hiring whatever labor is freely available.

              Oh and it doesn’t even get into that these laws violate one’s liberty to freely associate.

            2. Don’t waste your keystrokes. It’s Chemjeff, Radical Child Rape Enthusiast. He will shit up this thread with the same bad arguments that have been discredited ad nauseam. When you discredit him for the two hundredth (Or is it three? I lose track) time, he will resort to bullshit semantics. Essentially insisting you explain how the sky is blue and requiring endless citations as proof.

              He doesn’t argue from a position of honesty, or knowledge. Best to just tell him to fuck off.

              1. In a way he is right. Yes, illegal immigrants are breaking the law, but on the other hand they are being given every signal by the authorities that they should come to the US anyway. The legal immigration process (or even to come as a guest worker, which I bet is what most foreigners would prefer) is inaccessible to most, whereas the incentives to come and stay illegally are very high, including jurisdictions that offer sanctuary. I put very little of the blame on the immigrants themselves in this regard.

      2. You’ve already said cops can kill people for trespassing. Does this include those illegally here?

        1. Oh no! Because The constitution uses the word naturalization and not immigration specifically, it’s a ‘gotcha’ and the government has no constitutional authority to withhold entry to anyone ever. Even though no court, or any part of the federal government has ever accepted that premise.

    2. Why pay more money, when you can have slaves?

      You know it really is insulting to call undocumented workers “slaves”. They are not slaves. They are workers like anyone else, agreeing to work for a certain wage for a willing buyer of labor.

      1. Spoken like a person that lives in a lily white suburban enclave and has never once encountered anyone outside of his bubble of upper middle class privilege.

        1. Toronto. He lives, or at least did live in Toronto.

      2. “You know it really is insulting to call undocumented workers “slaves””

        I’m betting you’re more pissy about us inferring that the maids and gardeners your parents paid in peanuts, were slaves.

      3. Yes. How dare you call my fieldhands “slaves”.

        1. Nice.

      4. Ironic, given the responses to my comment above, that the people who are so distressed by the supposed enslavement of illegal immigrants in this country, also want to build huge walls on the border to keep them on the other side so that they can live their supposed lives of squalor and misery on the other side of the wall.

        They’re not opposed to these immigrants being treated poorly, they are only opposed to the immigrants being treated poorly *in this country*. If they are treated EVEN WORSE in other countries, well, who gives a shit, amirite? But the moment they set foot in this country and if they are paid a dollar less in wages than citizens, then SUDDENLY we are supposed to be so concerned about their supposed exploitation.

        1. Now you sound like the best of the slave apologists. We pay them a pittance for their own good!

          1. If you are so concerned about the plight of migrant workers, what do you intend be done about it?

            I am totally in favor of people being paid fairly based on the fair market value of their labor. Are you?

            If you think undocumented migrant workers are being exploited, and that’s terrible, then let’s make their status legal. That would reduce the chance that they would be exploited because they wouldn’t have to live in the shadows and fear being deported if they reported their boss for egregious violations of labor standards. Sound good to you?

            But if you think undocumented migrant workers are being exploited, and that’s terrible, and your proposed idea is to deport them all where many will be treated even worse than they are treated here, then your ‘concern’ about the welfare of migrant workers is a bit fake.

            1. “then let’s make their status legal

              legal slave or legal immigrant? Because there’s already a longstanding process for the latter that makes them snooty and expensive.
              May as well just go and hire a native born if you’re going to have to shell out for a legal.

            2. “and your proposed idea is to deport them all where many will be treated even worse than they are treated here”

              You’re not by any chance calling them *gasp* “shithole countries” are you?
              Because I’ve been informed that that’s very racist by all the best people…

            3. Thing is, the natives of our country live in an economy where to meet the basic qualities of what is considered the basic standard of living is far and away more costly to them than the basic standard of living for an Indian or Mexican – largely thanks to our “ideas” of what is just – building codes, mandatory plumbing and electricity, and taxes.

              And yet we are requiring our natives to compete with people that do not have high standards of living, do not have access to the courts if their dilapidated flat they share with 10 other illegals collapses on them, and send the bulk of their earnings to family in Mexico that build concrete mansions with the earnings.

              What illegal immigration does is short circuit the free market of labor that is exacerbated by our own feel good laws of minimum wage, health care provision, and turning education into a costly black hole that makes our population so costly to employ.

              1. In other words, employers think they should have access to multiple labor markets while their own communities exist in only one labor market.

                1. In other other words, employers would like slavery if they could bring it back.

                  1. Bingo.

              2. All you are really saying is that more than one reform is needed. There are way too many regulations on businesses that make it difficult for them to hire the people of their choice. (Mandating eVerify would just exacerbate that burden, of course.) Education needs to be reformed and reformulated. Minimum wage laws as well.

                But at the end of the day, it *is* a global marketplace and one might legitimately ask if, in the long run, it is really the wisest thing to do for the government to create a protectionist island of high standards of living while using the coercive power of the state to try to keep everyone else out. Should the vision of the US be that of an insanely rich gated community protected by huge walls to keep out the rabble? That type of scheme is doomed to fail in the long run. Perhaps the better long term strategy is to embrace the global marketplace and take advantage of our wealth to train Americans for careers that don’t require competing with unskilled labor. Think about it. This country spends an immense amount of money on education, and we are seriously asking the question of whether or not it’s a good idea to keep out people who have little or no education, whose main contributions to the economy are those of unskilled labor, *because we fear they are going to compete with American citizens who get, by global standards, gold-plated education*? Yes there will always be some whose only talents will be that of unskilled labor, but that ought to be a small minority, not even a sizable one, and CERTAINLY not one that is big enough to justify any of these grand protectionist schemes to keep out unskilled labor.

                1. Field hands aren’t a fucking global marketplace, and America has a right to it’s sovereign borders.

                  1. And America has no gold plated education. It lags far behind many shithole countries in the field of education.

            4. “If you think undocumented migrant workers are being exploited, and that’s terrible, then let’s make their status legal.”

              No. I suggest deporting them or, better yet, not letting them in at all.

              1. But they are going to come here anyway. To perpetually try to stop the natural market forces that drives immigrants to seek a better life for themselves, you’re going to have to resort to even more and more draconian measures to stop them. Even if the stupid wall is built, then what? Moats? Minefields? They will find other ways to come in to the country. The only way to stop immigration entirely is to turn into a North Korea style hermit state, and no one will put up with that.

                1. “But they are going to come here anyway.”

                  No they’re not. That’s the point. If there was any serious effort by the federal government to actually detain and deport illegal immigrants, they would stop coming here. The juice is not worth the squeeze.

                  “The only way to stop immigration entirely is to turn into a North Korea style hermit state, and no one will put up with that.”

                  When you have to swap out the issue at hand for another (leftist shits always conflate legal and illegal immigration) you know you’ve lost the argument.

                  Fuck off you dishonest shit.

                  1. No they’re not. That’s the point. If there was any serious effort by the federal government to actually detain and deport illegal immigrants, they would stop coming here.

                    Yes they will. The history of criminalizing illegal immigration has been a one-way ratchet towards harsher and harsher enforcement for decades now. The only things that (temporarily) paused illegal immigration were (a) when the US economy went into the crapper in 2008-09 and (b) the COVID pandemic, when ALL travel between ALL foreign countries was restricted. (Kinda like North Korea…) It is similar to the drug war. The drug warriors think that if there’s only one more law, one more regulation, one more spending bill funding cops, then finally the drug problem will be under control. And that turned out to be fundamentally wrong, to the point where a large proportion of the country has acknowledged the futility of that type of thinking. It is the same here.

                    You saw how the country freaked out when Trump (and to a lesser extent, Obama) were separating families at the border. Do you think the public will tolerate a level of enforcement stricter than that?

                    1. No. They won’t.

                    2. What precisely would you do that would “solve” the illegal immigration problem, in a way that the public would support?

                  2. Told you. He will get worse downthread.

            5. “If you think undocumented migrant workers are being exploited, and that’s terrible, then let’s make their status legal. That would reduce the chance that they would be exploited because they wouldn’t have to live in the shadows and fear being deported if they reported their boss for egregious violations of labor standards. Sound good to you?”

              The problem with you is that you are not capable of thinking even a few steps ahead. You always stop your analysis once you reach your desired goal, without addressing the natural consequences of your position.

              Let’s assume we follow your absurd advice and grant all illegal immigrants legal status. How does that solve the problem? The employers will now complain that those formerly illegal immigrants are now legal citizens that need to paid higher wages. What is the employers solution? Import more illegal immigrants, with no rights, to work for a pittance. What is the solution? GRANT THEM LEGAL STATUS. And on and on and on the cycle goes.

              Your position does not break the cycle, but perpetuates it. Enforcing immigration laws breaks the cycle.

              1. Huh. So maybe a better way to break the cycle is simply not to make it a crime for the simple act of coming here peacefully to find work.

                1. Sure. No borders. World peace. Go fuck yourself.

                2. God damn youre dumb. You still don’t get it even when simply laid out.

                  1. When are you going to get it, Jesse?

                  2. He’s a waste of time. Same bullshit arguments every fucking time. I must have torn him up in this issue twenty times over.

                    Just tell him to fuck off. He doesn’t deserve the respect of a civilized debate.

      5. You know it really is insulting to call undocumented workers “slaves”.

        Indeed. The proper term is “enslaved persons.”

      6. Your right. It probably cost more to have slaves work a plantation and house and feed and clothe them and keep them in good health than it costs to hire illegals for an agreed upon impoverished wage.

      7. Yes, but “we need them to do the work Americans don’t want to do” is a common refrain.

        So…….. “people who will do shit jobs dirt cheap” would be preferable to you?

        Too wordy.

        1. Jeff is such an ignorant shit. There are so many examples of citizens lining up for jobs they apparently won’t do after raids by ICE.

          https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/13/citizens-line-up-mississippi-jobs-fear-ice-raids-impact-immigrants/

          1. You’re a better man than I. I would have stopped with “Jeff is such an ignorant shit”.

  5. “while ensuring businesses cannot hire illegal immigrants.

    It is already illegal. What is he going to do, make it more illegal?

    1. Double secret illegal.

    2. He may turn the traditional “tut-tutting” when you’re caught into a wagged finger.

  6. Senator Romney seems to be moving into an area that the Republicans have avoided for many years, policy. Agree or disagree, Romney is at least throwing out ideas for consideration and discussion. With the Child Credit bill and now this Minimum Wage idea he is putting forth policy ideas. When was the last time any Republicans have done this? I see it as a sign of hope that the Republican might again be a viable political party.

    1. Senator Romney seems to be moving into an area that the Republicans have avoided for many years, policy.

      I know, right? Don’t worry, I am sure that AOC will tweet something stupid forthwith and then everyone on right-wing social media will forget about whatever it is Romney is doing and will spend all of their efforts attacking and ridiculing stupid tweets.

      1. Policy?

        Hmm, has he proposed any measure to silence the Church of Covid?

        Has he proposed to end mask mandates?

        Has he proposed firing Dr. Fauci?

        Has he proposed the abolition of the CDC?

        Has he proposed that a criminal investigation be undertaken against Dr. Fauci?

        Has he insisted that a federal probe begin concerning Gov. Cumo’s obstruction?

        Has he called for the impeachment of Sleepy Joe? After all, the execution of executive orders, per se, are an outrageous usurpation of power.

        His envy of Trump is profligate and puerile. He never could get the pussy Trump snagged and he never made as much money (notwithstanding all of the people he screwed with Bain Capital) and he was never a rock star like the Orange Man.

        1. You’re proving the point. Of the seven ideas you floated, only one is an actual policy proposal (ending mask mandates, which seems silly given that mask policies have been set at the state level).

    2. “When was the last time any Republicans have done this?”

      That is to say, when is the last time I deigned to notice the Republicans proposing ideas, hampered as I was by ideological preconceptions.

      1. Romney gets a pass from M4Me because he did the movement a solid.

    3. Just look at the Republicans lining up to denounce Senator Toomey. No one ever called him a “RINO squish”, he voted for every conservative policy priority that Trump, and Republicans generally, put forward. But the moment he crosses Dear Leader Trump, then he is to be denounced and purged from the party. Team Red isn’t a party of ideas anymore, it’s a party of demagoguery.

      1. It’s important that we concern troll about Toomey because if we don’t crush the proles rebellion against our masters in the oligarchic collective, we may face more challenges to its benevolent rule.
        Toomey was an important turncoat, and if he’s punished for abandoning the constitution it will create a terrible precedent.

        1. If you were actually fighting a rebellion of the proletariat against the oligarchy, you might have a point.

          1. Youre an open globalist/corporatism. You desire central planning.

            1. You’re a naked tribal shill who has four tricks in his rhetoric:
              1. Insults
              2. Whataboutisms
              3. Lies
              4. Red herrings

              Let’s see, in this one, it’s clearly #3, with a little bit of #1.

              1. Anyone who disagrees with us is automatically a naked tribal shill. It’s not like we could possibly be wrong about slaves helping our poorer neighbors who need employment.

                Also, I love number two. Whenever someone points out my rank hypocrisy it helps me deflect.

    4. Apparently it would come as a surprise to you to learn that believing that the minimum wage is good where it is is a policy idea.

    5. “…Agree or disagree, Romney is at least throwing out ideas for consideration and discussion…”

      Uh, that’s called shoveling bullshit, so it’s no surprised you find it laudable.

    6. The government’s job is not to come up with a plan on how to wipe your ass. This is why you’re useless.

      1. But it is the government’s job to dictate who should be allowed to work in this country.

        1. Yes. It’s literally a duty of the federal government as prescribed by the constitution.

  7. So Romney is becoming a socialist. Big surprise.

    1. And after he made his legacy with free market approaches like Romneycare, he’s now flushing it down the drain.

    2. Wrong. Most of us, at least in his state, hate him for failing to uphold or defend his own states constitution regarding election law.

  8. It doesn’t matter what Mitt Romney wants.

  9. That settles it. If a minimum wage increase happens anytime soon, I’m blaming the Republicans.

    #HowLongMustCharlesKochSuffer?

    1. Who needs thriving if Charles is suffering?

    2. Is there anyone left at Reason who will argue against a minimum wage based on a violation of freedom of choice?

  10. “”While some worry that these visas displace American workers, U.S. farmers are required by law to offer H-2A positions first to people who can already legally work in the U.S. They seldom find enough takers,” I wrote at the time.”

    I’d like to know some more details, like what wages these American workers were turning down.

    1. Well if you can’t pay $15/hr, Cover Health Insurance, Cover workman’s comp, Cover unemployment ( a house, groceries, car and fun-expenses ), Cover Retirement, Pay 90% of your profit to Gov-Gods, Never teach [WE] children to work due to [WE] “child abuse” and do it ALL with a horse and buggy due to ‘evil oil’…

      Just hire an illegal because they certainly aren’t going to go file ‘my cash wasn’t taxed’ claims at the IRS.

      I’d say 99% illegal immigration in the farm sector is driven by 99% tyrannical authoritarian policy of Gov-Gods carrying guns. Same as the ‘Black Market’ of drug control.

    2. I don’t have “data” but I have seen farm jobs advertised here and there in rural areas in the past. Here is how it went. Hiring from the accustomed pipeline of migrant workers was by word of mouth. Attempts to hire other workers went through the *online* job boards at the local branch of the state unemployment office. It was often phrased as temporary and “bilingual in Spanish preferred.” So the audience who saw those ads was mostly people who were looking for permanent work – people on “unemployment.” So those jobs were rejected. Also, the large majority of non-Latino US residents are not bilingual in Spanish.

      So if Cornell did ads like that, of course it didn’t work.
      Regardless of language most people who grow up behind a desk in the US don’t have farm work skills or interest, which means hiring rural people from other countries – or making an effort to create a viable job track for US-born people to gain those skills – or supporting the transition to automation. Even the children of the farm workers don’t usually do farm work as adults. While the employers and the academics all wink at each other, a very strange situation has been created.

      1. Don’t forget the massive entry price of federally Gov-Gun (supposedly/illegally claimed ‘owned’) “monopolized land” by the federal Gov-Gods introduced by the FLPMA Act of 76 that instantly made the West 50% ‘communist’ in DIRECT violation of the U.S. Constitution and backed as such by Supreme Court rulings.

        Oh; and the new but entirely expected learning’s of today – Introduced by a Democrat.

        Today’s farming doesn’t pay anything. The only ‘value’ is owning a tiny piece of estate ownership pie that is so massively monopolized the price doubles every 5-years. Especially when the Obama Administration starts trying to monopolize more out of some [WE] own that “fantasy land” because the weather changes.

  11. Nothing says massive human poverty like ‘minimum wage’.

    National Gov-Gods WILL DEFY natural laws of supply and demand and mandate that ALL human labor be over-priced.

    Enter corporate monopolies loaded with automation.
    Exit products and services offered by (too expensive) people.

    It’s almost as-if they’re purposely trying to DESTROY the people.

    F-OFF Romney; Go be a [D] you deceitful, manipulative RINO.

  12. Romney hasn’t yet specified the amount by which he wants to raise the minimum wage. Let’s not make the mistake of lumping him in with the Democrats. How much you want to bet the proposed wage is in the $11-12/hr range? How much you want to bet it’s dead on arrival? The Democrats have made a tribal fetish out of the $15/hr. figure, and compromise has long since gone out of fashion.

    The part I have a problem with is the proposal to index the minimum wage to inflation. They want to *legislate* a wage/price spiral?

  13. “Sen. Mitt Romney (R–Utah)”

    Are we sure he’s not actually D-Utah?

    1. He would’ve been President Romney if that were the case. If only he’d seen the light earlier.

  14. Every politician is so desperate to court the new working-class Obama-Trump voters that they are all lining up to march in a perpetual Labor Day Parade. That catering to those few and mercurial voters with this assorted protectionist garbage harms every other American and the economy as a whole is “that which is unseen.” Romney knows better than to jump in bed with a nationalist clown like Cotton and deserves ridicule for this, no matter how right he has been on other things Obama-Trump.

    “‘Nationalist’ Is How a Republican Spells ‘Progressive.’”
    ~ David French

    1. “Let them eat cake”
      ~ David French

  15. Minimum wage laws are immoral.

  16. So it’s against the law for employers to hire illegals, but that law shouldn’t be enforced because immigrants.

    1. “Let’s tighten up the law further and then not enforce it” – Pierre Delecto

  17. Mitt Romney is a political chameleon, he had to be to get elected governor of MA (a deep blue state) and senator from UT (a deep red state). His Romney care in MA was the model for Obamacare. He was a total pussy in the 2012 election because he didn’t want to get burned by the hot flame of RACEISM! and he wouldn’t take the fight to the poser from Kenya(HRC’S words not mine) and the press rolled him like a blunt on 4/20. He was critical of Trump from the start but had the balls to ask him for a cabinet position and then he marches down the street with domestic terrorist organization known as BLM during the “peaceful” rioting of last summer. The voter’s of UT need to recall this RINO ASAP.

    1. He hasn’t changed much. He follows the business-minded nonthreatening Christians around wherever they are.

      I rather think it’s everyone else in the Republican party who have shifted, and radically so. They used to at least give lip service to the idea that the United States should survive as a country.

      1. Evil xtian space vampires and the GOP are evil Nazis who eat poor trans kids whargable Republican trash THE ARISTOCRATS!

        1. If you think climate change is a hoax, you are advocating for a holocaust 700 times bigger than what Hitler did. I don’t need Facebook memes to convince me they are evil, just math.

          1. How’d you get climate change out of that? Were the Christian space vampires a secret dogwhistle about driving an SUV?

            You’re actually a parody poster now, huh?

  18. The solution to illegal immigration is legal immigration.

    Not that difficult and will save money and bring in revenue. Should be no more difficult than getting a drivers license. You get a residency and work permit for a period of time. No benefits. Ok kids get to go to school. The work permit means you need to pay taxes. After some period of time you can apply for citizenship.

    1. It’s essentially what the Gulf Arab states are doing, without the citizenship aspect. I would be wary of the citizenship aspect in the US as well. America is already heading towards destination Marxism, do you want to speed up the trip?

    2. Why doesn’t the USA just go invade Mexico and then anyone who wants to immigrate to ‘this’ country can…..

      Uh; because everyone in ‘this’ country would suddenly want to immigrate back to Mexico which would then be the USA.

      Instead of running back and forth FROM each other; why doesn’t the USA just pretend it really is a country that needs to ‘repel invasion’.

  19. If we had school.

    And this is the worst time in history to talk about minimum wage.

    1. You mean when middle class people are going to food banks?

      The demand problem is not because fry cooks are being paid too much, it’s because of the pandemic.

      1. “You mean when middle class people are going to food banks?”

        Increasing minimum wage is going to help them? Well, if your goal is to keep them from ever getting a new job.

  20. Let’s see Romney a big government liberal regardless of the R next to his title teams up with an authoritarian Republican to enact socialist policies.
    We Libertarians and getting our butts kicked because we want to be purists at election time.
    We need to start by having anyone more freedom minded than these 2.

  21. Some would be happy but others not – not my fave topic

  22. “leftward economic policies” coupled with conservative though elsewhere seems like about the exact opposite of what most readers of this magazine believe.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.