Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Hampshire Republican Sponsor Of Minimum Wage Restriction Law Says Young People Are ‘Not Worth The Minimum’

The economy is struggling because people can't afford to spend money, so the solution is to pay them less?


August 23, 2011
By Stephen D. Foster Jr.

Earlier this year, the newly elected Republicans in New Hampshire overrode the veto of Democratic Governor John Lynch to push through a new minimum wage restriction law that lowers the minimum wage to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

But Republican State Representative Carol McGuire still thinks the federal level is too high. ⁠In a statement to journalists, she stated that she would like to repeal all minimum wage laws and allow corporations to pay workers whatever rate they want. She also said the $7.25 minimum is overly generous to young people who are “not worth the minimum“:

“It’s very discriminatory, particularly for young people. They’re not worth the minimum,” she said. She believes there are young people who would get a job if they could be paid $5 an hour instead of the minimum.

This kind of accusation that “young people” are “not worth the minimum” is yet another sucker punch from Republicans to the youth of America. Young people across the country should be outraged by such statements. Most young people work hard in minimum wage jobs to support their families and save for college. And this serves as a greater warning to the poor and middle class as a whole as well. If federal minimum wage laws are repealed, American workers would be nothing more than feudal serfs working for pennies so that the corporate noblemen can get wealthier. The American economy would be even worse than it is now because people are already struggling to survive WITH minimum wage. How the hell do Republicans think Americans will survive without it? This is class warfare, pure and simple. And it’s time for middle class and poor Americans to fire back mercilessly at the greedy corporations, Republican politicians, and wealthy jerks that want to take even more money and spending power away from them.


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