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Thursday, January 25, 2007

C'mon Norm! Get with the Republican Program

US Senator Norm Coleman has once again showed his RINO tendencies and voted with the Democrats and four other RINOs to cut off debate on the minimum wage legislation passed the House a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately for the American economy, the measure fell six votes short.

Some Republicans in the Senate are working to keep the legislation from a vote until some tax relief is added to at least partially offset the damage to small businesses. Even though the good guys won today, Senator Coleman's vote was not helpful.

As anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of economics knows, minimum wage laws are detrimental to the economy in that they raise labor costs without an offsetting increase in productivity. They increase inflationary pressure throughout the economy and increase unemployment in the unskilled labor market. Organized labor supports them as many union contracts have provisions to increase union wages if the minimum wage increases.

Like most liberal ideas, minimum wage laws are primarily symbolism over substance. Legislators can feel good and brag that they did something to help "working families" (a liberal buzz-phrase I really despise--as if white collar employees don't "work"!) while either oblivious to, or intentionally ignoring, the damage minimum wage laws do to the economy in general and especially to the people they claim the legislation will help.

Senator Coleman's vote today is just the latest of his several excursions to the left (not fully supporting the President on the war, opposing oil drilling in ANWR, pushing ethanol mandates, etc.) at a time Republicans need to stay united in opposition to the liberal leadership in the Senate.

Apparently Senator Coleman just doesn't get it. He's also not going to get the donations and grass roots support his re-election campaign will need if he doesn't start behaving like a Republican.

4 Comments:

Blogger John Galt said...

Here's all the ammo Sen. Coleman needs to justify opposition to any minimum wage (or a hike thereto):

"the minimum wage is one of the most, if not the most, anti-black laws on the statute books."
--Milton Friedman

1/31/2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger lloydletta said...

Get use to it.... Norm Coleman is going to continue to take the base for granted, and move towards the middle. He saw the results of the election. Norm Coleman's overriding principle is..... Norm Coleman.

Why comment moderation?

2/18/2007 3:36 PM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

lloydletta -

Norm will continue to take the base for granted until the base dumps him in a primary. His actions yesterday come very close to, if not already crossing, the line.

Unfortunately we had to turn on comment moderation because a couple of people who disagree with the political leaning of this blog thought they were being so clever and abused our open comment privileges with content that we couldn't allow to go through.

We will not block any comment solely because of political disagreement. As long as the comment is not obscene, abusive, or violates the privacy of others it will be promptly let through.

Like so many things in life the actions of a couple of idiots ruined things for everyone else as the vast majority of comments are let through right away. We regularly review comments and try to let them through promptly. Sorry for any inconvenience, but that's the price we all pay for those who have yet to grow up.

2/18/2007 3:52 PM  
Blogger G-Man said...

Let's not wait for the primary. The time to push Norm to the right and/or find a conservative alternative is now – before 2008 March caucus. The Republican endorsement process is the best chance that conservative grass roots activists have to influence the makeup of our next senatorial candidate.

Minnesota's primaries are open to anyone and anyone can vote for Republican candidates – including Democrats hoping to choose their opponent.

I don't think Norm is thinking only about himself. I still respect his integrity and his intentions. But, Coleman is simply wrong about the last election. This is not surprising since many of the more conservative voters skipped the campaign trail, avoiding speaking with the Senator, and stayed home on Election Day. After seeing liberals rewarded with power it is only logical for Coleman to assume that the electorate -- and his constituency -- has moved to the left.

Staying home on Election Day is no way for conservatives to send Republican leaders a message to go right – votes not cast are voices not heard. Norm Coleman is justified to ignore the base for the base ignored the election process.

If those who skipped the election want their message to be heard, they had better engage in more conventional means of communication with Republican leaders. Not voting isn't enough and was counter-productive. Contact Senator Coleman and leaders of the RNC, the NRSC, and the NRCC now! Call their offices or send them email. Tell them what you were saying by abstaining from voting.

Stepping off the soapbox now...

2/24/2007 7:20 PM  

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