Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Why Michelle Bachmann is wrong

In one backwards statement, Michelle Bachmann proved why she is the wrong person to represent Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.

January 26, 2005 In a Senate subcommittee hearing, Bachmann is a voice of
dissent on a Senate bill that would raise the minimum wage. "Literally, if we
took away the minimum wage—if conceivably it was gone—we could potentially
virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer
jobs at whatever level," she offers at one point. "I had wondered, if most
employers are doing this anyway, isn't minimum wage just superfluous? Why do we even have one?"

Wow. We have a minimum wage to protect the service industry workforce in this country which is quickly becoming the bulk of jobs after our manufacturing and technology jobs have gone overseas due to outsourcing. If employers weren't forced to pay a minimum wage, it would undoubtedly be far lower than the paltry $6.25/hour it currently is in Minnesota. If it were abolished, I can assure you that the large national chains (Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc.) would cut wages to levels that make $6.25/hr. seem like princely wages and the smaller national chains and local businesses would swiftly follow suit.

The reason minimum wages are in place is to protect workers from unscrupulous employers and I can assure you that if an employer could legally pay less than the minimum wage, they surely would and doing so would handsomely increase their profits while no decrease in retail prices would be seen.

Essentially, such a short-sighted move in Bachmann's tiny mind would hurdle America into being one of the poorest working-class nations in the world.

Her argument is a cute little theory but once you open that theory up and look at its inner workings and how it would affect America it proves why Bachmann's ideas are best left as ideas and not signed into law or even brought up for debate. It goes to who just what makes the second place candidate in Minnesota's 6th congressional district tick and why she is the wrong person for the job.

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