Tag Archives: “minimum wage”

‘Hitting the crack pipe?’ Matt Yglesias achieves peak dumbassery with this take on minimum wage

‘Who could have seen this coming?’ Effect minimum wage hikes had on hiring causes mock ‘shock’

In some areas of the country, the #FightFor15 movement, which has the support of the White House, has managed to convince local governments to dramatically increase the minimum wage. What effect does that have on hiring?

That kind of cause and effect might have something to do with why labor unions in Los Angeles want to be exempted from the very minimum wage laws they support.

Will the progressive response to a slowdown in hiring due to dramatic increase in minimum wage be to force businesses to keep hiring? #GoodLuck

‘How would the Left react’ if a Republican White House sent out this graphic?


ISIS can wait. What we need to deal with right now is raising the minimum wage:

In the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts.

Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. While Republicans in Congress continue to block the President’s proposal, a number of state legislatures and governors, mayors and city councils, and business owners have answered the President’s call and raised wages for their residents and employees. Read a report on the progress that’s been made so far across the country.

Women especially are depending on that minimum wage hike:

Let's help millions of #WomenSucceed by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 → http://t.co/fMEhvXwRjy #RaiseTheWage pic.twitter.com/e3W8ZgPWVp

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 8, 2014

Hmmm. Maybe the White House should think this through a little more:

@WhiteHouse That bag of groceries will cost 30% more and she'll still be struggling. Math.

— laurakfillault (@laurakfillault) October 8, 2014

.@WhiteHouse You know it would make that bag of groceries 30% more expensive…don't you?

— Angela (@Bear2theRight) October 8, 2014

@laurakfillault @instapundit @WhiteHouse Nope…she'll be out of a job.

— Brad Hope (@Brad_Hope) October 8, 2014

@WhiteHouse It will increase prices every where. This will not help

— Nevermint (@Nevermint) October 8, 2014

@WhiteHouse Let's make millions of women unemployed by raising the minimum wage.

— Robert Dietrich (@RobertDietrich4) October 8, 2014

@WhiteHouse Let's raise the cost of goods and services everywhere ensuring more poverty and reliance on welfare by raising the minimum wage.

— Robert Dietrich (@RobertDietrich4) October 8, 2014

@WhiteHouse Let's drive more women from the labor force because that's the best way to make unemployment lower.

— Robert Dietrich (@RobertDietrich4) October 8, 2014

.@WhiteHouse You realize those groceries will have been checked out at a kiosk and not by a cashier right? Dummies. #RaiseTheWage

— EEE (@EEElverhoy) October 8, 2014

While the White House is chewing on that food for thought, here’s something for the rest of us to ponder:

This picture, but with a Republican in the White House. https://t.co/OPgNOqbCKn How would the Left react?

— RB (@RBPundit) October 8, 2014

Good question!

@RBPundit "1)As if Rs care bout women! They think this hides their War on Women? 2) FT workers?! Look at unemp! & 3) what about young ppl??"

— Giles (@GilesMcK) October 8, 2014

@GilesMcK You forgot "Wow. Holding a grocery bag? How sexist!" 😉

— RB (@RBPundit) October 8, 2014

Bingo The Feminist Outrage Brigade would surely be all over this. But this is the Obama White House’s work, so … nothing to see here!

*crickets* – feminists reacting to this pic MT @WhiteHouse: Let's help millions of by raising the minimum wage → pic.twitter.com/3iCdQOu1h8

— Matthew (@Matthops82) October 8, 2014

Retail Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs Like It’s 2007

Wal-Mart’s announcement that it will raise its minimum wage came as the retail industry faces a rising number of workers quitting their jobs. Better pay is one way retailers can keep the people they already have, rather than constantly hiring new ones.

BuzzFeed/Bureau of Labor Statistics / Via cloud.highcharts.com

Here’s one reason why big retailers have been making noise about raising their minimum wages: Their workers have been quitting at a rate last seen in the boom times before the financial crisis.

Wal-Mart, America’s biggest private employer, made headlines last week for raising its minimum wage, becoming the latest in a string of companies upping the pay of their lowest-paid workers.

The decision, which followed similar announcements out of Gap and Ikea in recent months, underscores the fact that retail workers are getting harder to hold on to these days. The retail industry’s “quits rate” — the number of people quitting from jobs in a month as a percent of total employment — has been climbing to levels last seen before the recession, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which means companies may have to do more to keep employees happy.

The quits rate is seen as reflecting workers’ willingness or ability to leave their jobs, which itself can be connected to the broader economic environment and the prospects of finding work elsewhere. After reaching highs during the heady economic times of 2006–07, it fell significantly during the recession and stayed low in the years of uncertainty that followed. It’s now back to levels last seen in January 2008.

Wage increases at Wal-Mart and Gap, both to at least $10 an hour next year, are “in part due to escalating quit rates,” Edward Yruma, an analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets, wrote in a Feb. 22 note. “We believe that other retailers in our coverage could be compelled to raise hourly rates to the $10 an hour level,” he said, pointing to teen retailers in particular.

To be sure, retail and fast-food industry workers have been fighting aggressively for a higher minimum wage in the past few years, and many employees don’t have the option of leaving low-paying jobs.

But, as the economy improves, and the unemployment rate drops to 5.7%, workers may have more options. Offering higher pay, better benefits, and training opportunities is a good way to keep them and to avoid paying the costs tied to hiring and retraining.

“A pickup in the quit rate, which also remains at a low level, would signal that workers perceive that their chances to be rehired are good,” Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said in a March 2013 speech. “In other words, that labor demand has strengthened.”

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You can hover over this version of the chart to see the rates for different months:

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BuzzFeed/Bureau of Labor Statistics / Via research.stlouisfed.org

This MTV star just crushed ‘dummy’ Kristen Bell over her minimum wage idiocy


It’s close!

As Twitchy readers know, actress Kristen Bell thinks Big Daddy Government knows best and stuff and should decide how much money is too much money for you. She also participated in a ridiculous minimum wage video this summer, which was totally destroyed by Reason TV.

MTV star Chet Cannon reached his breaking point just the other day and schooled the reality-challenged actress as only he can.

You guys, @IMKristenBell is worried about the wage gap. Okay, Kristen, let's juxtapose your avg. film compensation with the movie "extras"

— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) October 11, 2014


.@IMKristenBell is a moron. "CEO's…don't like to break a sweat, they prefer to just collect." You get to CEO by busting your ass, dummy.

— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) October 11, 2014

Double boom.

And for the truth trifecta, an exit challenge for the actress:

Hi, @IMKristenBell. Sounds like you're OVER capitalistic greed? Another juxtaposition: Your charitable donations with those of @MittRomney

— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) October 11, 2014

We’ll wait.


Kristen Bell gets trolled and forgets how to math

Kristen Bell clams up as Adam Baldwin, Nick Searcy and Ken Wahl hit her with brutal truth, simple questions

Twitchy coverage of Chet Cannon

Nancy Pelosi cites ‘Daily Show’ skit in minimum wage debate


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi thinks that arguments against raising the minimum wage don’t hold up. And if you don’t believe her, just check out “The Daily Show.”


Yes, really. Tune to Comedy Central for the latest in economic enlightenment.


Giant birth control pills warn of Hagan challenger Thom #TooFarTillis


The outing Tuesday of “Mark Uterus,” super-feminist alter-ego of Colorado Democrat Mark Udall, was a huge hit. It was a great zinger directed at a man almost singularly focused on women’s issues, but feminists of course tried to spin it as a great compliment.

Voters preparing for tonight’s debate between North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis took a different tack, branding the Republican challenger #TooFarTillis for his own part in the “war on women.” And hey — costumes!

Know what is more dangerous for the US than Ebola? #TooFarTillis views on birth control and birth control. #ncsen

— Allyson Raines (@TheLadyAdvocate) October 9, 2014

His views on birth control and birth control. And don’t forget that other vital issue to women: birth control.

Overhearing great convo during #ncsen "Abortion is a decision for a woman and her family. #TooFarTillis doesn't understand that."

— Allyson Raines (@TheLadyAdvocate) October 9, 2014

We rallied in Wilmington before this final #NCsen debate to hold #TooFarTillis accountable! #ncpol pic.twitter.com/v2OHde3L7T

— PPActionFundCNC (@PPCNC) October 9, 2014

@PPCNC @PPact accountable for what?

— Presidebt Ebola (@Barack_Ebola) October 9, 2014

Minimum wage is dangerous? Really Thom, your views on women's healthcare are what will put women and families in danger. #TooFarTillis

— Allyson Raines (@TheLadyAdvocate) October 9, 2014

.@kayhagan trusts women. @ThomTillis thinks politicians & gov't should control what they can do with their bodies. #TooFarTillis #NCsen

— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) October 9, 2014

The #TooFarTillis crew was out for Tuesday’s debate as well.

Pillamina is rallying outside the #ncsen debate rallying for affordable birth control! #TooFarTillis pic.twitter.com/oOCCRZS00g

— Planned Parenthood (@PPHSNC) October 7, 2014

The women of 1954 love Thom Tillis! 2014? Not so much. #TooFarTillis #ncsen pic.twitter.com/5sVkyTZRBQ

— PPActionFundCNC (@PPCNC) October 7, 2014

When women's health is under attack, what do we do? STAND UP FIGHT BACK! #TooFarTillis #NCSenate pic.twitter.com/LJfvLbNf5Q

— PPActionFundCNC (@PPCNC) October 7, 2014






Stephen King hits GOP on minimum wage; Economics lesson ensues


Stephen King definitely has a career as an economist in the Obama White House if he gets tired of the writing thing.


Maybe King should first have a chat with the people in Congress who share his politics:


No kidding.

#FightFor15: Rev. William Barber says living wage is ‘ordained by God’


Twitchy has already taken you inside the #FightFor15 convention, where the entire audience stood to affirm they were willing to get arrested in the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage. What we didn’t know at the time, though, was if they were willing to get jiggy for it.

Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, fired up the crowd, and he might fire up a few more with his claim that the $15 an hour wage to flip burgers is a right ordained by God.





Tammy Bruce crushes Wendy Davis with key reason to support Greg Abbott



As Twitchy reported, Wendy Davis took to Twitter to blame her opponent in the Texas gubernatorial race for the lies in her bio. The Patriarchy must have made her lie or something! She can’t be expected to take responsibility for her own actions or anything. Sheesh!

Also a win? Tammy Bruce’s key reason to support Greg Abbott over lying liar and abortion lover Wendy Davis:


Truth. Boom.

You have come a long way, baby! Use lady smarts instead of letting yourselves be used for lady parts. You are more than the sum of your girly bits, ladies. Unlike Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott knows, honors and respects that.


‘No one is to blame but YOU’: Wendy Davis spins article poking holes in her bio as Abbott campaign ‘attack’

Full Twitchy coverage of Tammy Bruce

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