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Do you want to eliminate the minimum wage, like John McCain does?

2007: McCain Voted to Abolish the Minimum Wage. McCain joined 28 senators in voting to allow “states the rights and flexibility to determine minimum wage” during the 2007 minimum wage fight. This amendment would have completely repealed the minimum wage laws in at least 45 states. After several other votes that prevented the passage of a “clean” minimum wage bill, he voted to pass the final compromise bill that included tax breaks for businesses. (S.Amdt. 116 to S.Amdt. 100 to H.R. 2, Vote 24, 1/24/07; H.R. 2, Vote 23, 1/24/07; Vote 25, 1/25/07; Vote 37, 1/31/07; Vote 39, 1/31/07; Vote 42, 1/31/07)


Asked by akhlass at 11:48 PM on Oct. 7, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The fact is, McCain voted AGAINST raising min wage 19 times, whereas Obama has not only proposed to raise min wage to $9.50 by 2011, but index it as well so that it will raise along with inflation. Look it up - this is a FACT! And by the way, I hope everyone realizes that min wage has only gone up around $3.00 over the past 20 years. While EVERYTHING else has gone up 300% or more in most cases. I guess McCain just wants the little people to make the big people even bigger.

    Answer by Mrs_Bonsta at 1:37 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • McCain doesn't care about the poor/middle class. minimum wage means nothing to him.

    Answer by ny.chica at 11:55 PM on Oct. 7, 2008

  • I dont say do away with it all the way, but it should be up to the States to set the chart on wages. Thats just my opinion.

    Answer by lucandpepsmom at 12:08 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • Although I support Obama, and it pisses me off when I have to disagree with anti-mccain ads. This is in fact a distortion of the truth.

    Answer by FiveofaKind at 12:14 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • He just wants to take the Feds out of it and leave it to the states. Then people could decide if they want to live and work in this state or that. What's wrong with taking the federal government out of day to day issues as much as possible? States rights, people!

    BTW raising the minimum wage just makes everything more expensive and puts small business out of business or causes them to lay people off. Also, teenagers (those who are most likely to earn minimum wage) find it harder to secure employment because it's too expensive. It's not all that it's cracked up to be!


    Answer by MojitoMama at 2:06 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • Also, teenagers (those who are most likely to earn minimum wage)

    I don't know where you live but here is not teeangers making minimum wage. and with his crisis many people hav elost their jobs and are forced to work for minimum wage. try feeding your kid making minimum wage.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:12 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • It is a mistake to assume that only teenagers earn minimum wage. We have some very poor families in this country, and we have some families losing jobs - all they may get is minimum wage. It is a huge factor.

    Answer by FiveofaKind at 8:28 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • You can't just keep giving tax breaks to big companies and expect that they in turn will use the money for the benefit of their employees. To do that you would also have to assume that every employer has their employees best interest at heart and will not use the money to increase their own profits. In a world where half of the people are shouting "every man for himself" and accusing those who can't make it of being lazy and irresponsible, that would be insane.

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 9:05 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • Look at it this way... if you make a minimum of $6 an hour and live in Mississippi will you have the same standard of living if you make $6 an hour and live in California? THAT is why it should be up to the states. One-size-fits-all doesn't work.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:50 AM on Oct. 9, 2008