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Wisconsin Senator: If You Are Still Earning Minimum Wage, You’re a Bad Worker

Wisconsin Senator: If You Are Still Earning Minimum Wage, You’re a Bad Worker

In yet another version of the Republican meme of “if you are poor, you’re lazy,” Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson tells a group of constituents that you only make minimum wage for a short time, and that as long as you are a good worker, you’ll eventually make more money.

He then waxes nostalgically about his own time earning minimum wage — while living with his parents and having no familial expenses.

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2:34PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Thanks for posting.

3:36AM PST on Dec 16, 2011

WHERE has personal responsibility gone? I shop at thrift stores, do not buy the newest gadgets and get my books from the library not a kindle or nook.

I see too many people "WANTING" and not being trained or QUALIFIED to have a job that will support a family.


minimum wage is for high school kids and college kids who work to better themselves.

When I got married I decided not to have children because I COULD NOT AFFORD THEM on the pay my husband & I were making.

I decided to live within my ability to pay for what I needed.

So I ask you...what happens when the minimum wages gets raised again? Who gets hurt? I know it costs a hell of a lot more now to go to Burger King than it did a year ago.

You want $20 minimun wage? really? when as a trained experienced professional I make $15 an hour. and as if prices are not skyrocketing out of this world now!!! I will have to pay $45 for a hamburger at Wendy's or even WAY more for things at the local grocery.

Get off your ass, stop with the poor me crap .... become a man or woman and go forth and conquer!!!

Do you really want to work for minimum wage all your life?

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!!!!!!!!!

8:41AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Who is this idiot? Did he bought his political space or what?

6:09PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

No it simply means you work for a sleaze.

3:59PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

He's an idiot.

3:31PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Igor Said: "I agree ... However, "a percentage of the population" turns out to be significant - about half of it."

Sigh, yeah I was trying to not think about that. lol. I'm hoping since only about a third to half of the eligible citizens actually vote on federal elections, it means it only works on about 1/6 to 1/4 of the population, and they just have a high turnout. :-) I think a some of them just want to vote for anyone who is not a Democrat.

Yeah I don't really get the fear of "socialism" thing, aside from the fact someone like Obama is not even close to being a real "Socialist", and a lot of them don't seem to really know what socialism actually is. It must be an identity thing, part of the old hatred of the communists, plus fear of the government telling them what to do. I don't like the government telling me what to do either, but a little "socialism" is pretty useful, you know public schools and police forces, firefighters, public roads, ect. Can you imagine what our road system would be like without "socialism", lol?

I'm never sure how much someone like Newt or Rush Limbaugh believes his own words, or is just saying things they know will get them attention and publicity.

12:08PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

How about "If your still paying minimum wage your a bad employer." We need to create jobs with good wages, not just low wage McJobs that keep the population under the boot.

11:51AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

If one were to use Mr. Johnsons method of evaluation of fellow citizens they might say that if one is a "Bigot" he is also a "Racist". If one is a bigot and racist he is therefore a coward and unpatriotic. This behavior is one reason we have a written constitution, and have moral and religious leaders to keep us from this dreaded behavior. One can only speculate the nature of some of our elected politicians. Why do some of them wine about not being able to teach religion in schools if they don't follow the teaching themselves?

11:02PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

What a horrible man.

I've done low paid jobs. They were hard work. Now I'm pretty well paid. It's easy by comparison.

To be fair, it's an interesting political tactic. Going out of your way to offend a huge percentage of your voters may just catch on. But I don't think so, somehow.

10:59PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

There is nothing in our national experience or our research that would indicate that regulations cost jobs or that tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy create jobs. That's all just made up. On the other hand, there is plenty of evidence that when those tax cuts reduce tax rates for corporations and the wealthy below that of the middle class, large debt is created.

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