Hiring freeze redux: Obama pushes minimum wage hike; small biz owners say ‘will put me out of business’

And the hits for small businesses just keep coming. Sarah Palin awesomely fact-checked President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. This morning, Twitter users are continuing to do so as well. They are trying to give the president a Teachable Moment regarding his call to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour.

Speaker Boehner asks a pertinent question.

Greg Sargent just doesn’t get it, but happy warriors try to explain it to him.

Other citizens agree.

Zing! And what about rising costs for everyone else?

Bingo. Those who live in the real world and not an Ivory tower, explain some facts of life to President Obama, who never had to meet a payroll in his life.




Precisely. What are small business owners saying? They are saying this will cause a layoff bomb and hiring freeze redux.

He isn’t alone, and others take to Twitter to let President Obama know the same thing.


Hiring freezes. Layoffs. And going out of business. Sadly, that is just the tip of the iceberg. And to all who still believe that raising the minimum wage is just totally awesome because you think you may make a few bucks more per week, Herman Cain brings up another insightful point.

Indeed. President Obama thinks that is all you should aspire to. Remember that. Stephanie Cutter already said that the president has a mandate to help people enter and stay in the middle class. Now he’s extending that aspiration-crushing goal, evidently. You’ll hit a plateau and like it, rubes.

Again, thank Obama for the destructive policies that are crushing businesses and individuals across the board. You “didn’t build that” becomes “you can’t build that.” Forward!


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  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Obama is just trying to help out the employees at MSNBC.

    He has no concept of business or hiring or working your way up. Obama thinks of money as “funds” given to you by sucke…er, donors or foundations you have conned.

  • dsimmons917

    Well, since according to the media the president is the smartest man ever, he must truly want the destruction of this country. Because there is no way a man as smart as the media says the president is actually thinks this will help anybody.

    • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

      I’ve been making that exact statement for a long time. People say “Obama’s an idiot, doesn’t he know, if he does ‘xyz then abc will be the result’ “. It’s become abundantly clear, he’s intentionally destroying this country from the inside. There is no other explanation based on his policies.

      • GTFOBigGovt

        And THAT’s why the GOP is doomed to fail. By playing “nice” and not using his Alinsky tactics against him. I’m pretty sure only another catastrophe of some type will get the public’s attention at this point.

    • EastValleyConservative

      It is what he wants. The goal is to grow government, crush the private sector, and then everyone will either be a government employee or on the government dole. According to their ability…according to their need. Yes, of course that will work. It’s NEVER been done before. Of course, those who believe in this should understand those who have the power to implement it know it doesn’t work for society, but it does keep them in power and in complete control with the poplulation at their mercy.

      • http://twitter.com/conservag Aaron

        This x infinity

    • ceemack

      He’s nowhere near as smart as the Obama fabulists in the media want us to believe, but he’s nowhere near stupid enough to believe that his policies will actually help the country.

      • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

        He’s a snake oil salesman; who’s buying his shtick? *Looks around* Oh, that’s who…

    • Garth Haycock

      There are only two plausible reasons Obama is doing this:

      1. He’s intentionally trying to bring economic ruin to the USA.
      2. He’s an economic ignoramus.

      Which is it, Obamabots?

      • mike_in_kosovo

        3. Both of the above?

  • Canadian in USA

    “If all you aspire to do is work for the minimum wage, you won’t live the American Dream!” Truer words were never spoken, Mr. Cain. :)

  • http://www.awpn.net/ Celestial Time

    Does the average Leftist even have a basic understanding of economics?

    • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

      I’d like to say if they did, they wouldn’t be liberals, but they seem to get supply-side economics when it comes to products that can be smoked.

    • operanerd1986

      They seem to have problems realizing the full consequences of laws. I don’t think it occurs to Obama that raising the minimum wage would make it harder to hire employees, thus resulting in more people with a $0/hour wage.

  • SameJerkDifferentName

    If obummer is so friggin smart, he knows what it’s going to do. So you must conclude that he is Anti-Capitalist and Anti-American. His ‘vision’ is obviously SO UNAmerican. “…fundamentally transform America” <-remember those words? Here it comes. Thank a jackass. This country is DOOMED!

  • Silenttype78

    Hermain Cain is so right!

    I just adore the man!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

      He should have been the first black president. Unfortunately, for him and us, he’s conservative, rational, and caring; therefore must be destroyed.

      • Underwater

        No way. Thomas Sowell should have been the first black president. Sowell would make a fool out of the left wing media. Even better than Reagan did.

  • Red Fred

    I love it! Think it’s a superb idea!! Right after he reigns in EPA, abolishes O-care, and balances the budget.

  • http://twitter.com/TSDebWright Debbie Wright

    Yes! Because what happens is everyone who is making under nine dollars an
    hour now wants that same increase of their pay, so they they are NOT
    making minimum wage. E.G. People who are already making nine dollars an
    hour now want almost a two dollar raise in order to have the same distance between them and minimum-wage. And now we have inflation going through the roof. It happens every time they raise it. It is just basic economics people. It’s really not that hard
    to understand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004785969670 Hal Burton

    Is this part of the revenge agenda he was promoting during the election?

  • Shawn Smith

    The thinking behind moves like this is so simplistic it’s hard to imagine that Obama & advisors don’t understand the genuine implications, that this will destroy businesses & lead to higher unemployment.

    I want to believe the best of people, to think they genuinely mean well, but . . . it’s getting harder and harder.

  • jeffunde

    Don’t you know this is what he wants! He wants small businesses to close and have people rely on the government for support.

    • http://www.awpn.net/ Celestial Time


  • Richard Wayne

    Raise the min. wage to fight the higher cost of living? How about we lower the cost of living instead? Our dear republican leaders need to start highlighting that deficit spending and growing debt leads to higher food cost, higher rents, and higher energy prices. Obama’s polices = lower pay/entitlement check values. Republicans can actually message to both the takers and the earners for once…

  • ZoriahShepard

    I’d say I’m surprised…but I’d be lying.

  • Mike Barnes

    What is the point in those businesses creating so many jobs if they don’t actually pay enough for you to live on?

    If the people doing these jobs are in poverty and taking food stamps etc then hello, you are already subsidizing low wages with your taxes!

    • j95lee

      What’s the point of starting a business in the first place, if the cost of doing business is more than the profit you make?

      Why not just raise the minimum wage to 20 dollars an hour? Because inflation is a bad, bad thing.

      • Mike Barnes

        Give me a break, there will be no inflation from a modest raise in the minimum wage.

        When it was raised in 2007 did the world collapse? No, that happened because of some very well paid people screwing up on Wall Street.

        • Richard Wayne

          Actually employment for a few groups never recovered (a trend that started shortly before the 2007 crash)…

  • rogueco

    I guess I missed something…. from what this administration says, there is no inflation, no rise in middle class taxes or living expenses, gas prices seem to be a non-issue, and we’re full steam ahead on our recovery. So why is a raise in minimum wage even necessary?!?! Ah….redistribution, of course!

  • James Atkins

    Someone working full time should not be living in poverty… Um, if they are working full time stocking shelves at Walmart… yes…they should be living in poverty…

    • Mike Barnes


    • lainer51

      they need to aspire to get a better job, that is what made America great !! I work 2 jobs and am SICK of carrying the slackers.

      • James Atkins

        Liberals don’t want you to aspire. They want everyone to exist in mediocrity and believe that someone stocking shelves at Walmart can support a family of 4.

    • Gallatin

      Maybe the job of shelf stocker at Walmart is worth more than $9.00 an hour to Walmart but they don’t pay that wage because they have to pay the cart retriever $9.00 an hour when the job is only worth $3.00 an hour to them.

    • Shawn Smith

      What we would like in an ideal world and what conforms to the hard laws of economics are not always the same. Have you ever heard of the law of unintended consequences? If this goes through, it will ultimately harm all of us, and especially those it is most intended to help (much like Obamacare).

    • Shawn Smith

      What we would like in an ideal world and what conforms to the hard laws of economics are not always the same. Have you ever heard of the law of unintended consequences? If this goes through, it will ultimately harm all of us, and especially those it is most intended to help (much like Obamacare).

  • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

    When minimum wage was enacted, wasn’t it designed to rise with the rate of inflation? With the government printing money to pay it’s bills, causing runaway inflation, how’s that working out? 90+% of new businesses already fail, this is not going to make it any easier.

    During the U.S. Great Inflation, people had to step in and stop the spending. In the 1980’s it was Ronald Reagan and Paul Volcker. We desperately need that now…

    Our only defense is Republican controlled house. The feminazis are coming after those seats. If you didn’t sign the VAWA, they are coming after you, vagina’s blazing.

    • Richard Wayne

      Inflation is a ‘fixed’ number. In the 80’s and 90’s there was substantial rigging of the number so that they don’t have to show food, energy, etc… Saved them a ton in payments to retirees while not having to bother with deflationary high interest rates.

  • lcky9

    yep.. raise the min wage means those that were NOT paying taxes (if they still have a job) will NOW pay more.. they STILL won’t have more take home pay.. and if still working full time will have LESS in take home pay while hyper inflation hits HARDER.. EVERYTHING has gone up 1-2 dollars,, from the price of CHEESE to PASTA sauce.. Now if the results are job LOSS .. THAN we will have FOOD RATIONING.. since less people paying into the system means MORE on FOOD STAMPS.. that are NOT being paid for by the taxpayers,, THEREFORE,, it will be ISSUED to you by the government.. ALTHOUGH politicians will just steal their food from the farms like they do in the 3rd world countries where people are starving and the government officials are FAT and SASSY,,

  • J. Cox

    This is coming full circle.The ones wanting to suck on Uncle Sam’s(yours/mine) teet should be the 1st to be laid off/fired.They then can go to the grocery store and buy that $9.00 gallon of milk and get back to us on how great socialism is.I wonder if the last 20% with jobs in America will have healthcare?

    Shorter..Thanks O-bots for doing your best to cut your own throats while trying to cut mine.

  • $29561723

    Progressives will just keep on pushing and shoving. Eventually, they’re going to get shoved right back.

    • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

      The backlash is coming. Independent/moderates will wake up before 2016(hopefully). If this goes on longer than that…

  • $29561723

    I don’t know about you, but I plan on working at one of those government-run preschools. I figure i should be pulling down 6 figures, easy.

    Thanks, taxpayers.

  • Mike Peterson

    Back at the store, that was what my boss made. we dont need 9 dollar minimum wage.

  • http://twitter.com/Bill_Reeves_II Bill Reeves

    Let’s see how this went last time:
    The argument was that people couldn’t live on $5 and change and hour, so we needed to raise the minimum wage up to the level where people were almost able to scrape by.
    Unintended consequence? The cost of EVERYTHING went up, and people got laid off. But the geniuses that made the decision see no connection.

    And now that people can’t live on $7 and change/hour, let’s rinse and repeat that great idea.
    Dumb f**kin’ Democrats!

    • Underwater

      If you want to raise the minimum wage raise it to $150.00 per hour. Then everyone will be rich!!!!!

  • Lala_33

    who stays at a minimum wage job forever? i worked at one while i was in high school, but after that i managed to move up the ladder. if that’s all you aspire to, then you should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Gallatin

      Exactly, minimum wage job—a starter job. A job to learn some skills. obowmao is pricing people who would benefit from a starter job right out of the market.

  • bigfootsteve

    “Why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people?” asks Boehner about raising minimum wage.—

    Why would you want to make it harder for American citizens to find jobs by legalizing 20 million illegals?

  • Mark Stephens

    This is a man who has never had to meet a payroll and who is living in this Beltway Bubble where if you need to spend more you go right ahead. Debt limit, shmebt limit. We’ll just print more money.

    Memo to Mr. Obama: Those of us in the real world have to make the money before we can spend it.

  • http://twitter.com/DeadOldMedia Media Bias

    If $9 is good, why not make the minimum wage $100 an hour? Wouldn’t that make things even better?

  • Maxx

    One party wants to create better jobs so families can get OUT of minimum wage employment.

    The other wants ’em to remain there, just get paid $2 more an hour, which of course, is offset with the price of gas and the REDUCTION in work hours due to Obamacare.

    Tell me again libs why you keep voting left?

  • Gallatin

    Once the minimum wage is increased to $9.00/hr I’m sure the Federal Government will increase the poverty level and we will start the cycle all over again. That $9.00 and hour just won’t purchase what it used to, when a “taco costs $10.00.”

  • Guest

    Liberals are swept away by their ideals, practical implications fail to compute until they are forced to face them (and then it’s too late). My liberal brother is absolutely shocked at how Obamacare is going to impact his hours at work. Same thing would happen with the minimum wage hike, many wouln’t understand it’s negative consequences until they lose their job.

    • Orlando Cee

      Unfortunately your joe average citizen has no grasp on these basic concepts. That’s how people voted Obama to office in ’08.

  • GTFOBigGovt

    My Dog Walking/Pet Sitting business is a barometer of the economy. I can count on one hand how many clients in 4 years have come to me as a result of “getting a job”.

    ALL job related clients are a result of working MORE HOURS. Medical and legal professionals, business owners and corporate employees. The remaining segment is random retirees with a small nest egg traveling to visit family, some people going to the local pro football games for the day or a few clients taking a small vacation.

    NOBODY is getting hired and that means I won’t be hiring either.

    Meanwhile. I see EBT cards etc being used at freaking Whole Foods on designer foods like $12.00 6 inch pizzas [with three kids in tow] on a daily basis. And you can bet money they don’t even help the cashier with the bagging.

    • GTFOBigGovt

      BTW Liberal morons. Effective with this increase your dog walk goes from $18.00 to $24.00. Oh wait. I have almost NO Liberals for clients.

  • Raye09

    These people are duluded as to what working class is. “working class” basically means a “blue collar” manual labor job. A job that requires more education than highschool, but less than a bachelors usually. An oil rigger, electrician, carpenter, plummber are all considered working class jobs. Now here is the tricky part: Many computer programmers are self-taught or only have cetificates, no manual labor is required and the job setting is classified as white collar. To blur the line even further an oil rigger, plumber and electrician all make around 40K or more per year depending on where you live. A masters degree in psychology, a masters in sociology, and a masters in liberal arts also pay around 40k a year. The median salary for a computer programmer is around 60K.
    The median household income(per family of four) in america as of 2011 is $52,762.

    Back on topic: Raising minimum wage to 9 dollars is a piss poor idea, as a result working at McDonalds will become a highly competetive job and will require post secondary education. Many mom and pop businesses will shut down, and as a result we will have more unemployment. That and we would have to increase taxes.
    Why cant DC just cut spending and be done with it?

    • nc

      It’s not that complicated. Let the free market decide.

  • nc

    BHO is pushing the minimum wage hike because he understands that small business owners built what they have through their work, risk and sacrifice. Oh wait…

  • kim

    Hey. Think about all the people making 9.00 an hour now. Suddenly they will be back making minimum wage again. Way to climb out of poverty Obama

    • Shawn Smith

      Yup, I’ll be essentially set back to minimum wage, which, with the inflation this will cause, makes me significantly poorer. Thanks, Obama. (Obama never had to “climb out” of anything. He’s been carried at every stage. He doesn’t understand what it means to work from almost nothing to improve yourself.)

    • Shawn Smith

      Yup, I’ll be essentially set back to minimum wage, which, with the inflation this will cause, makes me significantly poorer. Thanks, Obama. (Obama never had to “climb out” of anything. He’s been carried at every stage. He doesn’t understand what it means to work from almost nothing to improve yourself.)

  • plaingolf

    Here’s how to avoid working for the minimum wage.
    1- Work harder then everyone else and prove you are worth more
    2- Educate yourself for a career that pays well.

  • Laura Jensen

    So if we raise minimum wage to $9/hour no one will hire anyone and they will probably fire whatever percentage of minimum wage employees they need to in order to keep payroll at a certain proportion of fixed costs….so….all those people will be on unemployment relying on the Government. Coincidence?

  • JR48

    Employers have three choices with this: Fire employees to raise the wages of others, close because there is just no money to do this, or raise costs for consumers.

    As a consumer, prices are already too high for almost everything. If that ‘thing’ that the small business sells raises it’s prices and I don’t ‘need’ it, I won’t buy it because my income is finite.

    Ergo, instead of getting a small profit from my patronage, they won’t get my business at all. If enough people act like that, the small business…won’t be a business anymore.

    Great idea.

  • Ronald

    I think the minimum wage should be abolished. Just think of how many people Walmart could hire if they could pay them 2 or 3 bucks an hour!

  • Ronald

    I think the minimum wage should be abolished. Just think of how many people Walmart could hire if they could pay them 2 or 3 bucks an hour!

  • Drew Longview

    The Democrats are masters at finding an issue republicans will balk at that make them look bad to the majority of uniformed voters. The number of uninformed voters is around 80%, so we are doomed.

  • $6565218

    Easier and more profitable for the Fed Gov’t to take over large money making corporations, i.e. Walmart, without those pesky little businesses in the way so he is out to shut’em down.