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11 Jaw-Dropping Quotes From People Who Want To Lower The Minimum Wage

If raging against a living minimum wage isn’t bad enough, some extreme Republicans are advocating to lower or even abolish the minimum wage. Who needs to get paid to work, right? Silly workers. In a quest to beat one another in a game of Limbo (“How low can you go?”) on the minimum wage, here are some of the most eye-opening quotes from the folks who want to lower or eliminate the minimum wage.

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2. Let’s Pay Teenagers Less for the Same Work


State Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-Wash.) says teenagers should be paid less than minimum wage because “a whole generation of teens are not being able to develop a work ethic.” Yes, the best way to instill proper work ethic is to pay people substandard wages because of their age.

3. The Very Idea of a Minimum Wage? Psshaw


James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation: “I believe the minimum wage hurts its intended beneficiaries. I do not support the concept of the minimum wage.”

Sherk doesn’t even like the concept of the minimum wage. We wonder how long he would agree with that if he actually worked in a minimum wage job?

5. Eliminating the Minimum Wage Will Help Poor People, We Promise!


Former Republican congressman for Texas and presidential candidate Ron Paul believes that poor Americans would "absolutely" be better off if the minimum wage was eliminated.

Paul says: "It would help the poor people who need jobs. Minimum wage is a mandate. We're against mandates, so why should we have it? It would be very beneficial."

7. We Should Never Have Had a Minimum Wage In the First Place


Cato Institute Vice President James Dorn: “I think the minimum wage is zombie economics….The minimum wage interferes with individual freedom and economic freedom.”

The economic freedom of corporations to do what? Operate sweatshops and pay employees $2 an hour?

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