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Did Chris Christie Say too much AGAINST the Minimum Wage?

Did Chris Christie Say too much AGAINST the Minimum Wage?

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Yesterday callously told a Chamber of Commerce crowd that, “I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am.
But Christie’s not alone in his position on the minimum wage. Republicans across the country, from Congressional Republicans to Governors oppose raising the minimum wage. Here are a few example:
  • This year Senate Republicans refused to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, a move that could lift nearly 5 million Americans out of poverty.
  • In Florida, Governor Rick Scott said the thought of raising the minimum wage made him "cringe."
  • In Illinois, candidate Bruce Rauner has said he favored eliminating Illinois’ minimum wage altogether.
  • In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker said that he doesn't "think it serves a purpose."
  • In Connecticut candidate Tom Foley "distanced himself" from a reasonable minimum wage hike.
  • In Kansas, a top adviser to Governor Sam Brownback referred to the federal minimum wage as the "black teenage unemployment act."
Below please find a roundup of coverage of Christie’s minimum wage comments:
Chris Christie: "I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage"CBS NEWS // REBECCA KAPLANThe Democratic National Committee was quick to pick up on the statement, mocking Christie for his words."That's right. The 4th highest paid governor in America - at $175,000 a year - said that," the group wrote in an email.They noted that in January 2013, Christie vetoed legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled state legislature that would have increased the minimum wage in New Jersey from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour. At the time, Christie argued it would "jeopardize the economic recovery we all seek."In November, when New Jersey voters elected Christie for a second term, 60 percent also voted to approve a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.
Christie repeated a common critique of the minimum wage -- that is only is earned by kids on summer or weekend jobs -- but the truth is quite different. About half of workers earning minimum wage in this country are at least 25, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 4.5 million parents are raising children on a wage less than $10.10 per hour (sometimes proposed as a new minimum), writes Ben Casselman. In his remarks, Christie argued that what Americans want is economic growth -- not an increase in the minimum wage. But, of course, the two aren't mutually exclusive. While raising the minimum wage may have a moderate impact on employment, it also puts money in the hands of people who are most likely to spend it.
Christie Hits Democrats on Minimum WageWALL STREET JOURNAL // REID J. EPSTEIN & HEATHER HADDONMr. Christie has spoken out against raising the minimum wage in the past, saying in May that he believes “making those type of extreme moves in one fell swoop is not good for the economy.”Last year, Mr. Christie vetoed a bill passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature to increase the hourly minimum wage to $8.50 from $7.25 with annual adjustments for inflation.Christie Offers
Democrats A Killer Soundbite on Minimum WageTIME // ZEKE J. MILLERThe moment was not unlike Mitt Romney’s 2012 line that “I like being able to fire people” when they do poor work—a tenet of the free market, but an statement that played into the insensitive rich guy narrative Democrats and his GOP primary opponents had already invested millions in developing.
Chris Christie ‘tired’ of hearing about minimum wageMARKET WATCH // ROBERT SCHROEDERThe remarks, predictably, earned Christie plenty of scorn on Twitter. But they shouldn’t have been a surprise. Christie vetoed a bill in 2013 that raised the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, which was “too much, too soon,” in his words. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. New Jersey voters later approved a ballot initiative raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour. That rate took effect in January.Chris Christie says he's 'tired' of minimum wage talk; Obama, Dems focus on it as midterm voter baitNJ.COM // CLAUDE BRODESSER-AKNERIn an interview with New Jersey Advance Media, New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) reacted to Christie's comments with scorn."This is a group of people that he doesn't care about," said Sweeney, "The only group that’s done better since he's been governor has been the millionaires in this state."Sweeney said the power of any minimum wage increase was that its effect on the economy was immediate."Pay people more on the bottom scale, and they'll spend it," said Sweeney, "As soon as they get it, it goes right back into the economy. 
Chris Christie: ‘I’m tired of hearing about minimum wage’WASHINGTON TIMES // JENNIFER POMPIA federal minimum wage hike is one of the first planks in the Democrats’ platform this election cycle, with President Obama in February signing an executiverfocus.org order to raise the minimum wage for federal government contractors to $10.10 an hour, up from $7.25 an hour.Mr. Christie in 2013 vetoed a bill to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey to $8.50 an hour, though voters later approved a ballot measure to increase the wage to $8.25, according to MarketWatch.
Gov. Christie slams low-pay woes: 'I'm tired of hearing about minimum wage'NY DAILY NEWS // BILL HUTCHINSONChristie, who along with his wife raked in $700,000 last year, ignited a firestorm Tuesdayin a speech that critics say mocked the 16.5 million Americans working for minimum wage.“I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am,” the Republican governor — and possible presidential candidate in 2016 — said at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C.
Chris Christie is 'tired of hearing about the minimum wage'CHICAGO SUN-TIMES // CHAD MERDAChristie shares the same opinion as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who recently said minimum wage serves no purpose.A number of states have minimum wage measures on the November ballot.
Chris Christie: I’m ‘tired’ of minimum wage talkMSNBC // ALIYAH FRUMINDon’t talk to Chris Christie about the minimum wage: He’s sick and tired of hearing about it.The Republican governor of New Jersey made the admission at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.“I have to tell you the truth,” said Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate. “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am. I don’t think there’s a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight saying ‘you know honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my god – all our dreams would be realized.”GOP’s minimum wage disaster: How Chris Christie and Scott Walker are stepping in itSALON // LUKE BRINKERBuoyed by surveys showing that voters overwhelmingly support raising the federal minimum wage, Democrats have held Republicans’ feet to the fire this year, pressing GOP candidates and officeholders to take clear stands on the issue. Most have — and they’re overwhelmingly opposed to raising the federal wage above its current level of $7.25 an hour. And as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attest, it’s exceedingly difficult for Republicans to discuss the issue without sounding both callous and clueless.Christie’s minimum wage flub came today — during a speech before a well-heeled crowd at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, no less. “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage,” Christie said, according to The Hill. “I really am. I don’t think there’s a mother or a father sitting around the kitchen table tonight in America saying, ‘You know, honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all of our dreams would be realized.’”
Christie is ‘tired of hearing about the minimum wage’MSNBC // STEVE BENENNo wonder Christie is tired of hearing about this: he’s on the wrong side and being reminded of this is apparently annoying. But if the governor finds it irritating to hear about Americans working for poverty wages, he should perhaps try to imagine how irritating it is for those who actually get paid $7.25 an hour.
Chris Christie: 'I'm Tired Of Hearing About The Minimum Wage'TALKING POINTS MEMO //Christie's comments come a week after fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said that he doesn't think the minimum wage "serves a purpose." Unlike Christie, Walker is up for re-election in November against Democrat Mary Burke, who supports raising the minimum age to $10.10 an hour.

OBAMA CARES? (Speaking of the Affordable Care Act…)

OBAMA CARES? (Speaking of the Affordable Care Act...)By Darryl LittletonThe Affordable Care Act went...
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Obama Cares

darryllittlejohnOBAMA CARES? (Speaking of the Affordable Care Act...)By Darryl LittletonThe Affordable Care Act went into effect October 1st. As threatened, the government shut down. Thousands of federal employees are discovering that if they wanted to be paid during times of crisis they should’ve run for office. The US is failing to pay its debts so why shouldn’t its citizens be in the same boat? That’s how to unify us as a nation – make us all deadbeats. Well, actually not all. Congress people will keep getting paid even though this is their fault.The blame is going to the Republican team, but not everybody is on the knucklehead squad. John McCain and a few other stalwart elephant men were against the shutdown. They think it’s disastrous. They wanted to see the Army / Navy game. Then again these are politicians who remember the days when being a Republican didn’t automatically mean you were a racist. You were under suspicion, but innocent until proven prejudice. These are lawmakers who talked ideological crap to each other all day and then went carousing and whore mongering together all night. So these are men who are used to the American way to doing the people’s business.No, this new method of one-foot-up-the-butt-the--other-in-the-mouth is the work of zealots like John “Boner” Boehner, Mitch “Anybody Seen-My-Chin” McConnell and Ted “How-Dare-You-Be-A-Racist-When-You’re-Mexican” Cruz. This trio will go down in history as the architects of the dismantling of the GOP. And we all thought Sarah Palin was an idiot. These clowns can’t admit that it’s over. They want a law that the Supreme Court (which they hold sway with their majority) upheld to be dismantled like it never happened. Shut down the website. Return the premiums. Cancel your appointment with your doctor. The Republicans made the president cave. Fat chance fools.For most of us the world didn’t come to an end. We didn’t all die. Everything dire, doomsday scenario hasn’t happened. We still get most of the services the government provides us with: the military is still there to protect us (because they’re still getting paid thanks to a bill signed by Obama fairly recently) and there are still plenty of drugs on the streets for all to enjoy. So overall we’re fine. Operations at the EPA and NASA are stalled, but since I wasn’t going into outer space any time soon – I’m cool with that. I’m sure if I did go I’d find an alien race just as opposed to black people as here on Earth. So like I said I’m cool with thatOur government is shut down because the GOP ran House’s hatred of the universal health care law known as Obamacare. However, their disdain is not for humanitarian reasons. Sure, the act has a few glitches. Yes, yes, okay - we’re trying to kill off old people. Nature’s taking too long and they’re living to be too old. It’s nothing personal, but they whine too much, smell funny and drive too slow. We’re tired of hearing about the good old days that for most people back then stunk. Screw their glorification of people that were only great because of their lack of competition (yes Babe Ruth I’m talking about you) and all that Black and White imagery. Screw telling us how good TV was back then when it went off at 2:00am just when we’re coming home from partying. And screw that mentality of “I-Never-Thought-I’d-Live-to-See”. You show me somebody still believing in shit that was disproven a long time ago and I’ll show you an old fart that needs to pull a Redd Foxx and go join ElizabethOf course the Affordable Care Act is not affordable. Since when did the government know a good financial deal? They’re the worst ran business in the country, but that’s beside the point. This is for people that wouldn’t normally get insurance anywhere else. Well, maybe there’s a reason for that. Maybe these uninsurable folks are bad risks (like old people). Perhaps no medical facility in their right mind would pay off the claims. Well, have no fear because they won’t. People will be strutting around with their Obamacare card tucked neatly away in their pockets only to find out their pockets are worth more. Read the fine print with a telescope.You know if it wasn’t for the need to raise the debt ceiling this issue would be mute. They tried to make it a topic of the election and the 47% added a few friends and trounced the Obamacare opposing Mitt Romney and his sidekick, Ryan, the Boy Blunder. To quote a reinvented pugilist, it’s ludicrous, but I do like that concept of a debt ceiling. I wish I could raise my debt ceiling. I’m sure most of us do. When my creditors come a calling my only options are hang up or curse them out. Man, that raised debt ceiling would be nice.Anyway, the thing to understand is this has little to do with the law itself. Had it remained known as the Affordable Care Act the Republicans probably would’ve let it slide. There was something about it being called Obamacare that riled their pinheaded blood. See, not only does the GOP hate president Obama because he’s a Democrat. There’s a faction of the party (Tea, in nature), that also don’t care for him because he’s black. I know that comes as a shock to many of you, but just stay with me on this. They wanted to “take America back”. And do what – return it to the Indians? This man has been called every kind of monkey except the kind that played with Davey, Mike, Peter and Mickey.So they simply can’t allow universal health care to become this “soul brother’s” legacy. Okay, he ordered the murder of Osama bin Laden, our sworn enemy. Kaddafi got killed on his watch. Top heads of al Qaeda have perished under his command and pirates have been slaughtered. He’s taken out those that would harm us with missiles and drones (no horses or bayonets). So there’s his legacy. He’s a killer. Does that surprise anybody? Naturally he’s a killer. He’s a savage from Kenya. And in these uncertain times that’s what we need. The GOP understands that and in no way would deny him that place in history, but no way he is going to get credit for saving lives.How can the Republicans, in good conscience, let Obama reap this type of reputation? George Washington was the greatest president this country ever had. Do we have Washingtoncare? How about a Lincolncare or a Reagancare? No! Not even a Kennedycare, Ted, that is. So, no to Obamacare. Even though it’s a law – so what? Even though it’s already underway and people have signed up for it – big deal. They want it defunded even though they have no alternative. This spook for Harvard is not going to outsmart these mid-Western hicks. No way.Thing is, no matter how it all plays out Barack Obama will still get a presidential library. He’s earned that right as a United States president. If they gave it to Bush they have to give it to him. And look the Bush Library it will be filled with the things that show his greatest achievements. It will be opulent. It will be pristine. It will be a monument befitting a former holder of the highest office in the land. And because that office holder was black it will be on Martin Luther King Boulevard (the worst street in any city).

It's Quite Possible that Some Racism is Justified…

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It’s Quite Possible that Some Racism is Justified…

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SoundExchange Praises Congressman Watt's Plan to Introduce a Performance Rights Bill

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SoundExchange Praises Congressman Watt's Plan to Introduce a Performance Rights Bill

SoundExchange Praises Congressman Watt’s Plan to Introduce a Performance Rights Bill

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BET Networks Urges the Nation to Vote and Announces Its Presidential Election Night Coverage

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The Kids Have Spoken: President Obama Wins By a Landslide

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Conservative Radio Making Changes

Radio Facts: nullAmid all the pressures on the radio industry, news-talk stations see an opportunity " and his name is Barack Obama. Skip to next paragraph Enlarge This Image Ruby Washington/The New York Times Rudolph Giuliani is also a potential host. After eight years of playing defense for President Bush, the conservatives who dominate talk radio are back on offense. Hours after Mr. Obamaâ„¢s election, the countryâ„¢s most popular radio host, Rush Limbaugh, was talking about the Å“rebirth of principled opposition.  Sean Hannity, the second highest-rated host, quickly cast his afternoon show as the home of Å“conservatism in exile.  It is a lively time to be behind the microphone. One television talker, Joe Scarborough, is starting a radio show. Another, Bill Oâ„¢Reilly, is ending his. Several of the supporting actors in this yearâ„¢s Republican primary are showing interest in the medium, too. Fred Thompson, the Å“Law & Order  star turned presidential cand idate, will begin hosting a two-hour show in March, as the syndicator Westwood One is expected to announce this week. Mr. Thompsonâ„¢s show would take the place of Mr. Oâ„¢Reillyâ„¢s. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and a Republican presidential cand idate, had been in negotiations with Westwood One for Mr. Oâ„¢Reillyâ„¢s time slot, according to two people with knowledge of the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity because a deal was not struck. Mike Huckabee, the former Republican presidential cand idate who now has a weekend program on the Fox News Channel, is trying radio as well, hosting short segments for ABC Radio beginning Jan. 5. While there are plenty of topics to talk about " and plenty of hosts willing to do the talking " nagging questions about the business remain. A sharp advertising downturn is limiting revenue for stations. And some hosts are worrying about the relevance of talk radio in a digital age. But radio, at least for now, still acts as a national megaphone for influential voices. This year, news talk ranked as the most popular radio format in the United States, surpassing country music for the first time ever. Forty stations have added news talk in the last year, for a total of 2,064 that use the format, up from about 1,500 a decade ago, according to the trade publication M Street. That means 2,064 stations need 24 hours of programming every day. Stations with tight budgets increasingly rely on programs from Premiere Radio Networks, ABC Radio Networks and other syndication companies. Five of the most popular syndicated names in news-talk radio " Mr. Limbaugh, Mr. Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham " signed new contracts in the last 12 months, all but guaranteeing that they will be rallying listeners for the duration of Mr. Obamaâ„¢s four-year term. Mr. Limbaughâ„¢s land mark contract, announced in July, promised a total of $400 million through 2016. With a Democrat in the White House, Å“the conservative hosts will have more fun. Thereâ„¢s no doubt about that,  said Gary Schonfeld, the president of network programming for Westwood One. But will listeners stay tuned? Talk radio usually Å“becomes a little less popular the year after an election,  said Maja Mijatovic, the vice president and director of national radio for the media buying agency Horizon Media. However, next year promises to be a unique one, with grim forecasts about the economy and renewed interest in the presidency. Advertisers and syndicators are expecting a busy year because of the incoming administration. Å“I think people are going to tune in more than ever,  Ms. Mijatovic said. Premiere Radio, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, is projecting a consistent audience from 2008 to 2009 as it signs on advertisers. Å“Thereâ„¢s more to talk about than there has been in a hundred years,  Charlie Rahilly, the president of Premiere, said. Å“There is something almost historical in nature in the news every single day.  Mr. Limbaugh, who is syndicated by Premiere, continues to command a much larger audience than any other radio host. According to Arbitronâ„¢s spring 2008 ratings report, he reached 3.58 million listeners during an average quarter-hour, while the No. 2 host, Mr. Hannity, averaged 1.65 million. A middle tier of radio hosts helps fill the schedules of AM and FM stations. Å“Because you donâ„¢t have a commodity like music to rely upon, it is all up to the host,  said Carl Anderson, the senior vice president for programming and distribution at ABC Radio Networks. Å“They are on stage by themselves.  The talk-radio formula that Mr. Limbaugh pioneered two decades ago remains evident on the air today. Syndicators look for hosts who are entertaining, have a point of view and , as Mr. Anderson put it, show an ability to Å“connect with an audience.  [source]