Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Minimum Wage

The newest GOP talking point is an attack on the federally-mandated minimum wage.

Republican Senate hopeful Linda McMahon of Connecticut, the wealthy and scandal-plagued wrestling company executive, suggested last week that it’s time to consider lowering the minimum wage. Over the weekend, extremist Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) of Alaska went even further in an interview with ABC News.

We asked him, for example, if there should be a federally mandated minimum wage, something that has existed since Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938.

“That is clearly up to the states,” Miller said. “The state of Alaska has a minimum wage which is higher than the federal level because our state leaders have made that determination. The minimum level again should be the state’s decision.”

So there should not be a federal minimum wage?

“There should not be,” Miller answered.

Leaving aside all the discussions about states’ rights and whether or not it’s constitutional to dictate a federal minimum wage (it is), I’d just like to ask Ms. McMahon and Mr. Miller a simple question: have you ever worked for minimum wage? I’d like to see how long either one of them could live on $7.25 an hour.