More Minimum Wage Hypocrisy

The Republicans in the Senate have sent out a press release directing people’s attention to this article, which exposes the hypocrisy of ACORN, a left-wing outfit. Here’s part of the release:

Minimum Wage: activist group ACORN demands a minimum wage increase without relieving the burden it imposes on small businesses:

It’s time for Congress to do the right thing and raise the minimum wage! […] Call and e-mail your Representative and urge him or her to support an increase in the minimum wage […] Ask your Representative to ONLY support a clean bill with no tax breaks for businesses…


“While advocating living wages, though, ACORN has opposed paying even minimum wages to its own workers. This was made apparent back in 1995, when ACORN sued the state of California to be exempted from paying its own workers the minimum wage. According to the December 21, 1995 ruling of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District:

“ACORN contends that California’s minimum wage laws … are unconstitutional as applied to ACORN because they restrict ACORN’s ability to engage in political advocacy. According to ACORN, this adverse impact will be manifested in two ways: first, ACORN will be forced to hire fewer workers; second, its workers, if paid the minimum wage, will be less empathetic with ACORN’s low and moderate income constituency and will therefore be less effective advocates.

Republicans are insisting on the inclusion of tax relief for small businesses in the minimum wage bill. Quotes from Democrats who, once upon a time, supported small business tax relief are appended to the end of this email.”

What have conservatives been saying about the minimum wage? It’ll put poor people out of jobs. What does ACORN say about the minimum wage? That if they’re forced to pay it, they “will be forced to hire fewer workers.” What are the Democrats telling us about American Samoa? If you force them to pay minimum wage, it’ll kill their canning industry!

So, why push the minimum wage? Because they think it’s good politics. They can say, “Look how we helped poor people! We got them more money.” But, they never get concerned about all the poor people they help right out of jobs unless it has an impact on their own selfish interests.

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