It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased, Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, Chapter VThe Republican Party, as part of their War on America, are tasked with bringing the Working Class to heel while grinding the historical anomaly of the American Middle Class into dust.
Everything else associated with the Republicans, from their embrace of Rampant Racism to Putin Love to outright lying about Obamacare, is a byproduct or tactic serving the Grand Design.
Hence, when a Republican is asked by an American about the Minimum Wage, the GOPers response should not be a surprise, of course he's against raising it.
Here's the latest from Florida where Republican Congressman Dennis Ross was asked,
Would you support the Obama act of raising the federal minimum wage?
Congressman Ross - No. [...] I think it would do more harm to our economy than anything. You work at Arby’s, the cost of products, the cost of services are going to go up. [...] If we are going to make it a living wage, who’s going to pay for it? Who’s going to pay for it?During the give and take, Ross was then asked,
I want to know, would you take a walk in my shoes? Lay your tie and your suit down, just for a day, 24 hours, and take a walk in my shoes. The people that I work with, we’re keeping the economy floating and going in the cycle. But the people that hire, they’re just paying money, just throwing money. But I’m actually working every day. So why wouldn’t you support it?
Congressman Ross - Because it’s not right. Economically, it’s not right. It does more harm to our economy.Republicans are elected and compensated handsomely to crush Labor, abolish Unions and destroy the Social Safety Net. When Ross says "it's not right economically" he means it's not right for Job Creators.
The "jobs" metric and Job Creator hosannas are a massively dishonest way of discussing the American Economy until one understands the Prism in which Republicans view the Economy and the American Worker. The American Worker is viewed as an unnecessarily expensive cost of business.
A Job Creator could have set aside $20 per hour in wages to hire workers. So, he could create 1 job at his company at $20/hr or 2 jobs at $10/hr. But, now imagine if he had the "freedom" to pay less than the minimum wage? Why he could create 5 blessed jobs at $4/hr! And he could create an Infinite number of jobs if he was able to pay $0/hr. The Ultimate Job Creator!
Of course, what I am describing is Slavery. But, that is precisely what the Republican Party has been tasked by their Plutocratic Overlords with recreating; the Ideal America, one with massive fortunes built upon thousands of years of free labor.
"We should look at the Chinese... Those people work hard. There aren't labor laws; There aren't minimum wages; They're working harder than we are..." - Eric Bolling, Faux News 04/15/14.When did Eric ever go to China? His career before Faux was spent on the NYSE gambling in commodities. Most likely, Bolling is recalling the Mitt Romney 47% Video in which Mitt with mirth and joy recalls seeing a slave shop in China,
When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there. It employed about 20,000 people. And they were almost all young women between the ages of about 18 and 22 or 23. They were saving for potentially becoming married.
And they work in these huge factories, they made various uh, small appliances. And uh,
as we were walking through this facility, seeing them work, the number of hours theyworked per day, the pitance they earned, living in dormitories with uh, with little bathrooms at the end of maybe 10x10 room, rooms. And the rooms they have 12 girls per room.
Three bunk beds on top of each other. You’ve seen, you’ve seen them? (Oh…yeah, yeah!) And, and, and around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire and guard towers. And, and, we said gosh! I can’t believe that you, you know, keep these girls in! They said, no, no, no. This is to keep other people from coming in.But, the desire to America into a Neo-Feudal Wage Slavery doesn't just exist amongst the Upper-Echelons of the Right-Wing, its' permeated all the way down to the dregs of Conservatism.
At the 2013 CPAC (Conservative Punk Ass Chickenhawks) a spokesman for the Frederick Douglass Republicans, K. Carl Smith, held a panel which allowed Right-Wingers to engage in their favorite pastime of bad faith denials of their rampant racism.
Mighty Joe Biden's observation from the last Presidential election still holds true, the Republican Party's Grand Design is to "to put y'all back in chains."