That’s the ticket! Study suggests minimum wage should be $21.72

President Obama is pushing for the hourly minimum wage to be raised to $9, but according to a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, that’s not nearly enough. The study suggests that, in order to keep up with increased worker productivity, the minimum wage should be increased to $21.72 per hour. No, really:

Shockingly, some people are quite keen on that number:

Ugh.

You’ve got that right. Businesses are already being squeezed by countless taxes and regulations. If the minimum wage increase to $9 would result in more hiring freezes and layoff bombs, just imagine what an increase to $21.72 would bring.

Perfect. It’s just what America needs.

But why stop there?

To infinity — and beyond!

  • RichardBlaine

    Studies show that studies are crap.

  • RichardBlaine

    Studies show that studies are crap.

  • Seola

    Yes because the advent of technology has nothing to do with production increases. Sweep the floors of a building who uses all machines to make ceramic tile start to finish? Well, have $21 an hour because you work in a productive place!

  • Seola

    Yes because the advent of technology has nothing to do with production increases. Sweep the floors of a building who uses all machines to make ceramic tile start to finish? Well, have $21 an hour because you work in a productive place!

  • TroyGates

    Why not just make everyone a multi-millionaire and then no one would need to work.

  • TroyGates

    Why not just make everyone a multi-millionaire and then no one would need to work.

  • EEAGLE EYE07

    $21.72 an hour would be a maximum wage not a minimum wage

    • Michael Anderson (WB)

      Not a chance. $21.72 an hour is only $45,000 per year, my work is worth quite a bit more than that.

    • Michael Anderson (WB)

      Not a chance. $21.72 an hour is only $45,000 per year, my work is worth quite a bit more than that.

  • EEAGLE EYE07

    $21.72 an hour would be a maximum wage not a minimum wage

  • jimbo96

    I wonder what they will have to say if a min wage of $21+ an hour happens and it costs $4 for a single hamburger at a McDonalds?

  • jimbo96

    I wonder what they will have to say if a min wage of $21+ an hour happens and it costs $4 for a single hamburger at a McDonalds?

  • CarpeNoctem

    They would be making almost as much as my stepfather does who works the line at Honda.

  • CarpeNoctem

    They would be making almost as much as my stepfather does who works the line at Honda.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Sure, I’m all for that………but I’m NOT all for the resultant $10/gal of milk, the $15/gal of gas, the $20 Happy Meal, the $6 candy bar, the $30 movie ticket……………. good night these people are morons!!!!

    • V the K

      “18..; 18 dollar … 18 dollar foot long” just isn’t a catchy jingle.

    • Midnight Cow

      Exactly. Supply and demand. These fools don’t seem to understand that people who suddenly have a lot of new disposable income will demand a lot more goods and services. Increased demand results in higher prices. (I always use the gas and milk examples when I’m explaining this, too.) If you could magically give everyone a million dollars, you wouldn’t eliminate poverty, but just reset the poverty line to people with *only* a million dollars.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Sure, I’m all for that………but I’m NOT all for the resultant $10/gal of milk, the $15/gal of gas, the $20 Happy Meal, the $6 candy bar, the $30 movie ticket……………. good night these people are morons!!!!

  • Iacobus

    You see, people, *this* is how Obama got back in; low-info idiots who have *no* idea how economics work. Being this stupid should hurt.

    • NachoCheese (D)

      Being this stupid should hurt.

      Absolutely!

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      Being this dumb does hurt.

      The problem is, when correspondingly dumb (or bent) politicians get a chance to ply their trade, the hurt gets spread to us all. And it hurts more for those of us who understand why something is dumb.

  • Iacobus

    You see, people, *this* is how Obama got back in; low-info idiots who have *no* idea how economics work. Being this stupid should hurt.

  • ERMERGERD

    “Who would be against this?”

    Anyone with an ounce of dignity or intelligence.

  • ERMERGERD

    “Who would be against this?”

    Anyone with an ounce of dignity or intelligence.

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    Make all government employees, federal, state local (senate, congress, teachers included ALL) a Maximum wage
    $21.72 or $9, give them a choice.
    Its a twofer, claim “pro-choice” on spending.

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    Make all government employees, federal, state local (senate, congress, teachers included ALL) a Maximum wage
    $21.72 or $9, give them a choice.
    Its a twofer, claim “pro-choice” on spending.

  • cgraham77

    Good lord, these people are idiots. What the frack do they think will happen to the cost of…EVERYTHING!!

  • cgraham77

    Good lord, these people are idiots. What the frack do they think will happen to the cost of…EVERYTHING!!

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

    Don’t forget company cars.

    • pajamakat

      Four weeks paid vacay too !!!

      • SlimWich

        Don’t forget the free day care for the kiddies!

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

    Don’t forget company cars.

  • Joe W.

    Every single manufacturing job would go overseas, a burger fries and coke would be $25, a movie ticket would be $50, a gallon of gas about $20, and a 12 pack of beer right around $30. Happy days are here again, eh idiots?? Doesn’t ANYONE understand the relationship between the cost of goods and services versus the cost to PRODUCE such goods and services??? Apparently, no one from the liberal asylum does.

  • Joe W.

    Every single manufacturing job would go overseas, a burger fries and coke would be $25, a movie ticket would be $50, a gallon of gas about $20, and a 12 pack of beer right around $30. Happy days are here again, eh idiots?? Doesn’t ANYONE understand the relationship between the cost of goods and services versus the cost to PRODUCE such goods and services??? Apparently, no one from the liberal asylum does.

  • NachoCheese (D)

    Charles C. W. Cooke
    @charlescwcooke
    I’m in favour of a $21.72 minimum wage to help the poor, reduce
    unfairness, end inequality, move forward, be diverse, and bet on
    America.

    —-

    This guy is a veritable fountain of mindless, bumper sticker, sound bite demagoguery!

    He forgot to add “For The Children!™ “

    • pajamakat

      I was thinking the same “children” crap Nacho. These people are idiots.

    • George Washington Mclintock

      Charles COoke is an staunch conservative(writes for the National Review), and a must follow on Twitter for any patriot. He is British, however, and so some of his ironic humor doesn’t translate real well.

      • http://www.BoycottLeftism.com/ itekisan

        Holy moly. Thank you GWM, I had no idea that he was being a smart a$$. You’re right, I just googled his name, and he’s a writer for National Review.

        Unfortunately, my eyes are locked in a perpetual eye-roll after reading his comments, and that could have been avoided if I had only known he was being funny.

        The most unfortunate thing IMO is that he sounded SO like a liberal, that I didn’t even think to check. :)

    • George Washington Mclintock

      Charles COoke is an staunch conservative(writes for the National Review), and a must follow on Twitter for any patriot. He is British, however, and so some of his ironic humor doesn’t translate real well.

  • NachoCheese (D)

    Charles C. W. Cooke
    @charlescwcooke
    I’m in favour of a $21.72 minimum wage to help the poor, reduce
    unfairness, end inequality, move forward, be diverse, and bet on
    America.

    —-

    This guy is a veritable fountain of mindless, bumper sticker, sound bite demagoguery!

    He forgot to add “For The Children!™ “

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

    hell yeah, lets devalue the dollar more too.

    • Richard Wayne

      Ironically, that would push the cost of living higher and then we would have to raise the minimum wage again… and the beat goes on…

      Helping the poor and middle class means strengthening the dollar and getting our deficits and debt under control. Lets get energy and food affordable for them.

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

    hell yeah, lets devalue the dollar more too.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    First of all, Kudos to Mr. Josue Pierre. I never thought I’d live to see a self-avowed progressive who understands economics. I mean actually understands it, not just say they do because they heard a lecture by Tom Morello Second, other than the aforementioned tweeter, my 30 yr old philosophy-degree-having-Barista alarm is blaring.” Suppressed wages are why we have a 1 percent.” Sure, pal. 10s of millions of people in the former Warsaw Pact countries would be happy to tell you what a moron you are. Not surprised this idea is taking off. When the economy is so fracked-up that adults are taking jobs meant for 15-16 year olds , of course they are going to want more than the minimum. God, Obama’s America sucks.

  • peteee363

    21 bucks an hour to start would be nice, but the 50 dollar burgers will kill me!

  • http://www.BoycottLeftism.com/ itekisan

    Why not make the minimum wage one Brazilian dollars per hour?

  • CatHerder

    For the love of God, I don’t make that much maintaining multi-million-dollar equipment!

  • Maxx

    Follow up study reveals if minimum wage was $21.72, your Slurpee would be $14.

    Idiots.

  • Peyton

    The average hourly wage is actually around 22 dollars.

  • RblDiver

    Hrm, we have a nearly $17 trillion debt…why not make minimum wage one of those proposed trillion dollar coins/hr, we’d make up the deficit in no time and have tons left over! *wink wink*

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    I make around $8.25 hr. I’m fine with that,because I’m a Walmart produce clerk-not an effing rocket scientist. ‘Nuff said.

  • Guest

    Why not split the difference, and call it $100/hour…
    there will be layoffs anyway and people who are laid off, get paid $0/hour

  • Guest

    Why not split the difference, and call it $100/hour…
    there will be layoffs anyway and people who are laid off, get paid $0/hour