With the way the White House has relentless pushed for a minimum wage increase:

You’d think they’d be only too eager to lead by example.

Fat chance:

From HuffPo, via Instapundit:

The White House declined multiple opportunities to comment on whether it would rethink its position on not compensating the roughly 300 interns who work there each year. Also met with silence was Stephen Lurie, who elevated the issue in a recent Washington Post op-ed. In it, he told the president: “Unpaid internships contradict your commitments and your economic agenda.”

“It is pretty indefensible from a publicity point of view, given the nature of their outreach on a lot of other economic subjects,” Lurie said of the lack of a response from the administration, which dates back to April 3. “There is not a huge constituency they have to answer to. Who are they going to piss off by not answering? Right now it is just young people and economic-justice advocates.”

Sounds like the White House needs some perspective — and a good intellectual smacking. Fortunately, expert White House smacker Iowahawk is up to the task:

Heh. One more:

Ouch!

Yes. He. Did. And we love him for it.

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  • gunny

    http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2012.htm

    “Among those paid by the hour, 1.6 million earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. About 2.0 million had wages below the federal minimum. Together, these 3.6 million workers with wages at or below the federal minimum made up 4.7 percent of all hourly paid workers.”

    But let’s just round it up to 28 million.

    • ForTheRepublicOfDave

      Shhhhh.

      Don’t destroy their talking points. If you do that, the trolls enter through the gaping hole in logic and stink up the place.

      • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

        You rang?

        • ForTheRepublicOfDave

          GET BACK IN THE BASEMEN-

          I mean

          hey

          • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

            I’m hungry.

          • ForTheRepublicOfDave

            I already left the bucket of fish heads, pig snouts, and RC Cola.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            I prefer crawfish heads, pork rinds, and coffee, personally.

          • ForTheRepublicOfDave

            She’s only allowed RC Cola. She was a very naughty girl.

            I won’t get into specifics, but suffice to say that there are no more diapers in the states of Alaska or Louisiana, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

          • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

            I always get that on Wednesdays. :/

          • rssllue

            I like RC Cola! It brings back fond memories of my youth before the world went mad!

    • Republicanvet

      Sorta like counting DemocratCare enrollment’s.

      • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

        Sorta like counting votes.

        • Zach Brewer

          Votes from dead people, that is.

    • schveiguy

      Don’t forget that lots of union workers have in their contracts wages based off the minimum wage! Even though they don’t make the minimum, their wage goes up if the minimum does.

    • Mac Abee

      OK, I have a question. Of those 28 million, how many are dead and are also registered Democrat voters? (Asking for a dead relative…)

  • AT

    It’d benefit 28million people, huh? How many would it harm when businesses start downsizing/shuttering as a result of artificially increased overhead that offers no return? How many young people would it price out of entry-level jobs? Are they talking about millions of people overseas who will get jobs when big companies outsource for cheaper labor? How many consumers would have to tighten their budgets (again) to accommodate rising costs of goods?

    I don’t know, government – I’m just not seeing the cost/benefit here. I guess it sounds nice. Y’know, unless you actually think about it.

    • Republicanvet

      Oh c’mon. You’re ruining the fantasy by talking all business-y and stuff.

    • Chris

      The one thing that would have the most effect, and you mentioned it, is the rise in prices. What about the people who make $11 and hour? They could afford what they needed, but if you raise minimum wage, they wont be able to. Heck, nobody will be able to go to McDonalds. “I’d like a # 5.” That will $42.93 sir.”

      • http://www.algoreisabidfatidiot.com/ “Rev Jim Jones”

        The difference is “That will be $42.93, sir” will be politely spoken by a computer because it will take something just like this to justify automation as done in airports today.

        • Chris

          Thats probably true. Thats what would have to happen for an owner to keep those places in business. If the owner cant turn a profit, there are two choices: Change the way you do things OR hang it up.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      The CBO already reported that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs. So why is Obama trying to kill jobs? How does anyone benefit from losing their job?

  • QueenB

    I don’t understand why the RICH politicians don’t give up THEIR money if they care so much, as opposed to demanding other people do it for them.

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

    I have never understood this “raise the minimum wage” argument. If it is such a good idea?, why stop at $10.10? Go for the gusto, baby! Make it a million an hour! No mo po peoplezzzzzzz.

  • Republicanvet

    Seems we have some credibility inequality here Barky.

  • Perso Nasplit

    28 million workers X $2.85(diff between wages) X 40(hrs worked) X52(weeks in a year)= $165,984,000,000 per year in increased price of goods just to keep up with current profits(the reason businesses are in business).

    This is why we have inflation. Pay workers more=increased cost of goods=workers cant afford goods=increase wages=increased prices=increased wages=increased prices ad infinitum

    The wages of the owners and managers should not be capped. The prices of goods should not be capped. Or do I get to decide how much a liberal makes in their enterprises?

    • mrspinky85

      You lost the left when you started with “regular” math.

      • Perso Nasplit

        I lost the left when I got a job.

  • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

    Finally! The WH just tweeted they raised the interns’ wages by 50%.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I C whut U dun.

    • AT

      I see they put together a nice benefits package too, including free air and gravity.

      • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

        Also free pedestrian passes for downtown DC.

        • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

          Not to mention the free surveillance.

          • WisconsinPatriot

            And just THINK of all the opportunities networking with kneepads and chapstick will bring!

  • SuperSaiyanSithLord

    Just remember, if they actually manage to push this feel good idea through, all the layoffs that will follow will be “mostly hype” or somehow “the fault of the Koch brothers”. Here is a free piece of advice, quit your whining and strap on a healthy amount of initiative. Anticipate what is needed to go above and beyond at your job to prove your exceptional value to the company, which will generally lead to wage increases/promotions. Shazam, instant cure for the minimum wage blues.

    • Chris

      Again, that is a good commentary. However, the left covered their eyes and started doing the na na thing, when you said initiative. They dont like words like that, WORK is also another word they are not a fan of!!

  • CO2 Producer

    Feels good to talk about changing things of which you have no clue as to how they work nor how those changes will affect them.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    Price controls never work. Price controls do not magically work because the price in question is the price of labour, i.e. wages. Price controls on wages is what lead to run-away costs in medical care.

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    Michelle “We’ve all got to make sacrifices” Obama wasn’t available for comment, as she was staying in a $100,000+ night hotel in China.

  • walterc

    I think the White House should lead by example and double the pay for interns.

  • mrspinky85

    Somehow, the left thinks that businesse won’t try to recoup this increase in Wages Expense ( a liability) someway that doesn’t help poverty. Those individuals think that business owners will just take on more debt or pull cash off their magical money tree.
    Also, federal minimum wage laws are for everyone. Babysitters, someone cutting grass, and any laborer can ask for $10.00 per hour.
    Some things will either happen: businesses will stop growth, lay off those people skating bye, or increase prices. I know it seems that someone making more automatically leans people to think they will have more to spend but if prices go up, the income/spending ability gap is the same. There are so many other issues raising the minimum wage can create.
    1. People will loss the value of trying harder for more pay.
    2. Those who get an increase without adding value see no reason to try harder
    3. Those who put in the extra effort all will need to paid more for equity/social justice..
    4. Struggling business may be pushed to shut down.
    5. Increased prices to bring in more revenue to pay the added expenses will keep the same people at minimum wage in the same predicament.
    6. Many job creators, potential investors may hold back because of the lack of funding or the added risk this discussion brings.

    You decide what your minimum wage is not the federal government. If you don’t like what a job will pay you either: get the skills that add value for you to request more, you create your own job, or you find someone else who will pay you better (competition).

    • CO2 Producer

      I think a great many people are under the misconception that fast-food corporations and big-box retailers are the only businesses that hire minimum wage workers.

      • mrspinky85

        Yes, I believe this too. Also, people think making regulations that “Stick it” to those large corporation have no effect on us little guys. There are enough regulations some 80,000 for businesses already. But, if I want to high tail it overseas to build somehow I am wrong.

        • CO2 Producer

          The regulations continue to pile up. Here in Milwaukee, the County now requires that any entity who does business with them must pay their employees a “living wage” of $11.32 an hour, and the County is hiring three auditors (so far) to oversee the ongoing implementation of this new law.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            Wonder how they decided $11.32/hr was a “living wage”? So all those people who were making $7.25/hr now get a $4/hr raise…and what of the people who had already EARNED their way up to $11/hr???? Do they get a $4/ hr raise too? And so on and so on…….That shouldn’t put too many companies out of business or tick off too many people who busted tail to get their raises.

          • mrspinky85

            Everything sounds good on paper. But, basic economics teaches that this is unsustainable. They are asking business in a struggling economy to keep making sacrifices. Why? For the goodness of their own heart? The gov’t is trying to regulate morality instead of providing incentives for business owners to want to stay open and for employees to work hard. Please tell me what governmental idea has worked.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            This is feel good legislation. Of course it won’t work. And notice CO2 said they have already hired 3 auditors to track it? Just another way to add more government jobs. And you can bet that office will grow. Now they will have to raise taxes to cover that expense. No government idea ever worked.

          • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

            And just who is in charge of measuring how much people exhale?

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            The Ministry of Wheezing of course!

          • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

            If you are going to give away money to win political support . . . make sure it is not your own. – Niccolo Machiavelli

          • mrspinky85

            This is crazy. I cannot afford to start a business there at that price.

          • CO2 Producer

            Just to clarify, this new ordinance only applies to those companies who do business with the County. But it’s another step toward the fantastical Equality Utopia that the proggers imagine will work in this dimension.

      • mrs_oerebts

        They also don’t realize that many of the fast food outlets are franchises, and the owners may already be barely making ends meet.

    • SuperSaiyanSithLord

      I believe the issue here is many people’s overestimation of their worth. I manage an entire small retail establishment. My responsibilities include inventory, ordering of product, all HR tasks, maintenance, trouble shooter, counselor, and finally sales associate, due to cuts in the budget of the company. I do all of that for barely what they are proposing to raise the minimum wage to. Why? Pride and work ethic. It is insulting to hear people, who on average, act as if I am interrupting their day by patronizing the establishment they are employed by, demanding to be paid such an exorbitant price to do so little.

      • mrspinky85

        I believe one can always negotiate a higher pay. But, instead of giving all people an across the board raise without adding value whether they deserve it or not is ridiculous. How is it fair to reward those who work less? And, if someone is unhappy where they work why do they work there?
        I agree that people overestimate their own worth. I just believe this increase in minimum wage just gives people an incentive to stay minimum. Keeping minimum wage low can encourage people to do better.

        • SuperSaiyanSithLord

          I completely agree. I was more trying to express my confusion and frustration over those who do the bare minimum feeling that they are worth what I make for what I do. I’m happy to be employed, even more happy that all I do is viewed as worth what I am paid. IMHO, abolish the minimum wage and allow an employer and the market to dictate rate of pay for the labors provided.

          • mrspinky85

            I gather what you were saying. This whole subject frustrates me.

  • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

    The world is playing chess while this administration is playing checkers.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      No, the administration is reading “Checkers for Dummies” because they aren’t even bright enough to understand checkers.

      • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

        They are still on the starting squares yelling, “King me.”

        • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

          Funny mental picture.

    • mrspinky85

      The administration is playing marbles and loosing.

      • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

        And they were short some of their marbles when they started.

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    If you have no education, you can’t whine if all you have is minimum wage.

    And Obama knows that raising the minimum wage when the economy sucks is just going to kill jobs. Which raises the question, why is Barack Obama trying to kill jobs?

    • SuperSaiyanSithLord

      More jobless government dependent proles. Don’t forget victims, yes, victims of greedy corporations who violated their “right” to employment.

      • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

        Right to employment? Maybe you should look at Obama and his failures and his plan to kill more jobs. Who is violating right to employment other than the POS whose policies are making it harder and harder to find a job?

        • SuperSaiyanSithLord

          Hmm, so I try to offer an explanation on what his motivation is and I get leveled for it? By the way, right, was in quotations, making it sarcastic. Hit a nerve maybe?

    • mrspinky85

      This is insane. I worked my butt off with two jobs and high grades in high school while many of my friends played around with their education. Now, the government wants to reward them for not taking school serious. It is always someone else to blame for their circumstances: Race, patriarchy, or big business.
      This idea to raise minimum wage sounds good and that’s all. Ultimately, it is rewarding mediocrity and not addressing the issue of the lack of jobs with the struggling economy.

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    More left-wing hypocrisy. Claiming to care about low wage workers while having unpaid staffers working for them.

    Anyone who takes a Democrat serious is an idiot. They preach about carbon footprints while flying around in private jets. They preach income inequality while putting policies in place that makes it worse. They preach about the wage gap between men and women while Obama pays female staffers less than men.

    Seriously libs, call your Messiah out on his double standard. Otherwise you idiots are complicate in the damage his polices cause.

  • Magnifico

    Why not come up with a new type of entitlement, rather than punishing business owners?

    • TJ

      The cost of a regulation change to the government is negligible when a new entitlement would start at a trillion dollars.

    • mrspinky85

      Why not do things to fix the economy and give incentives job training to meet new jobs in this economy? The problem is not minimum wage. The issue is either lack of jobs or lack of skills to fill jobs.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Just saw this posted today, as a matter of fact:

    • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

      Thank you for posting that. I was looking for a similar picture!

    • Onyx

      Thanks, super relevant. It’d be more relevant if “burger flippers” had their housing, food, clothing, moving expenses, sick days, vacation, and education paid for… and if the White House were actually pushing for $15/hr minimum wage… but keep holding up those apples to those oranges.

      • QueenB

        Yes, super relevant. We realize you put fast food workers on the same level as members of our military, but the rest of us have functioning brain cells.

        • Onyx

          I didn’t put the image together. But last time I checked, enlistment is still voluntary. People join the military, voluntarily, for multiple reasons… one is to be able to support themselves and their families.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            Last I checked striving to be a burger flipper was still voluntary too. Therefore, choosing to only do enough to get a minimum wage job is also a choice.

          • QueenB

            Working for minimum wage is voluntary too. If the effort you put forth in your working life keeps you at minimum wage, you are making choices to be a deadbeat and not an asset to the company for which you work and would deserve a raise. Similarly, if you are supporting a family on minimum wage, this is because of choices you made in your life. Yes, on occasion things happen that are out of our control (such as Obama’s lovely in the crapper economy) but for the most part, even if you are let go because the company cannot afford to pay you anymore, you will find another job that pays above minimum wage. Again, this is as long as you prove yourself to be worthy.

      • mrspinky85

        I flipped burgers for Burger King and flipped burgers for the United States Army as a 92 G or Food Service Specialist and let me tell you what. I did way more as a Soldier burger flipper than I every did working at Burger King. Cooking in 100 plus degree weather on a 1 million dollar Kitchen in a Foreign Country in the Hot desert I feel is deserving of the housing, food, clothing, moving expensive, sick days vacation and education. Did you know that most Soldiers with families e4 and below are on food stamps? Service members don’t make as much as you think.

        Why should someone that didn’t do the work to do more than flip burgers get 10 dollars an hour?
        My father is a trained CDL driver with over 25 years of driving experience and works for $15 an hour. A CDL driver has to go to school to get a higher license.
        I was a BK burger flipper at 16 with no prior experience. Why should I have been paid $10?

        • Onyx

          I don’t think service members have it easy at all. They take on enormous risks and difficulties, and are probably not compensated well enough for those. My point is just that comparing a service member’s Basic Pay to a food service worker’s salary is nonsensical… apples to oranges. The CBO estimates that the average active duty service member receives compensation (benefits and pay) totaling $99k. This is a more reasonable number to hold up against the minimum wage (if there’s any sensible comparison to make there at all).

          • mrspinky85

            You may be right in saying that this is apples to oranges because I choose service over a minimum wage job, so there must be a better benefit I saw then staying at BK. I think the minimum wage was never intended to be the only source of income people should have and this is the problem. Why are adults working minimum wage jobs in the first place?

            I think the question should be done to say why or how will raising the minimum wage will work. The same CBO said that raising minimum wage will cost jobs. I don’t see it working as a solution to the problem of poverty. My questions always rest on why people take minimum wage jobs and what can we do to incentivize people to work toward better paying jobs and for job creator to make them.

          • blockthiscnn

            You exude wisdom as usual. Well said.

      • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Risk of getting shot at on a daily basis at Jack in the Box: 100%

  • schveiguy

    The graphic above sums it up nicely — we want to push the stat over the line. I mean seriously, a family of four earning 20k vs 25k, is that really going to bring them out of poverty aside from the “official statistic”?

    The goal here is to achieve a talking point. Nothing more.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      When people lose jobs, I wonder how hard the left will pat Obama on the back for “liberating them from job lock?”

      • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

        How do soup lines vote again?

        • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

          If they make the soup line longer, then that will be more disenfranchised people who will be affected by having to show an ID to vote. Keep up with program! Sheesh.

        • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

          I believe they tend to vote for the guy who buys the soup.
          So if the guy who buys the soup is also responsible for the people having lost their jobs and therefore is the reason for them being in the soup line, there is a conflict of interest and people voting for the guy who destroyed their lives.
          That’s messed up.
          That’s also pretty much what’s going on in this country.

    • ledzepp8

      That’s what’s really hilarious about it. You raise the min wage to $10.10, then you have to raise the wages of others that makes more than min wage to offset, then prices inflate, and finally you have a new poverty line…they just make slightly more money.

      • Pilgrim Stuch In Bizarro World

        Exactly!

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    Why does Obama want to kill jobs so bad?

  • USNbubblehead

    The pols don’t care that many of the idiots who they say need this will end up losing their jobs. I don’t doubt that its what they actually WANT that to happen. Then the Dems will have them right where they want them; collecting a paltry unemployment check on the fast-track to welfare.

    Enjoy your raise, nitwits.

  • rogleecam

    David Burge, technically that dress stain is referred to as “presidue”.

  • Chip

    Raise the wage = Raise the prices….

  • DwellsInFire

    Love this grilling of Nancy Pelosi on minimum wage and internship hypocrisy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pFC3LKMIQo

  • The Lost Dutchman

    Considering how Bill Clinton “compensated” one of his interns, do we really want to give President Obama any ideas?

  • Eric

    A SMALL change? I’m sorry, I don’t know many, check that, ANY business people who consider a 40% increase in anything SMALL.

  • Super Marsupial

    They’ve made enough money. Their messiah said so.

  • SonsOfMontesQ

    si se puede!

  • LloydTheDuck

    Unpaid internships should be banned. I don’t like them when liberals use them to exploit people, either. People talk a lot about racism, sexism, and sometimes elder abuse. Abuse of the young is a serious issue too, including the bigotry that says it’s OK to have young people work for no pay because they’re young, lol; who cares about them? Abuse that people consent to (such as by taking an unpaid internship) is still abuse, and wrong.

  • ISurvivedaBlueState

    What’s missing in the “debate” over min. wage is the fact that there are actually quite a few decent-paying jobs out there. They’re just in fields that require a.) real skills, b.) delayed gratification + work ethic, and c.) either thinking or physical labor or both. Moreover, the training programs aren’t feasible for many b/c liberals have overregulated higher ed to the extreme. I work in a physical therapist’s office, and nowadays to become a PTA (one of the most in-demand jobs out there) you need at least 2.5 years of f/t school with excellent grades. High standards are great, but let’s save the impossibly red-taped standards for doctors and other high-level professionals. We need realistic, streamlined job training programs so that burger-flippers can get out of poverty and into BETTER jobs.

  • stellatruman

    raise the wage+ fewer jobs for teens…at least in our area

  • KC

    Chuck Schumer must be getting his talking points facts from ThinkProgress. According to Chuck’s numbers 20% of the workforce makes minimum wage. Now what does that say for Obama and the Democrat led Senate….Chuck included?

  • /sarcnado ☠

    Doesn’t matter that raising the minimum wage will cost jobs. It’s human nature to wager that it will be the ‘other guy’ who gets canned … it ‘won’t happen to me.’ Democrat strategists realize (and count on) this kind of ignorance.

  • Peeta Mellark

    Patriots: It’s one if by land, two if by sea. Shine brighter: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878