Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Rush anticipated the President would call for an increase in the Minimum Wage to $10 per hour in the State of the Union address. A caller said Republicans should see his $10 and raise him to $30. That would make people to see how silly the Minimum Wage is so they’d stop talking about it.
That’s a bad idea. The Minimum Wage is an emotional issue – poor people are suffering because wicked businesses won’t pay fair wages. Explaining the economics of it in a logical, orderly, methodical way is proof that you’re a heartless bastard who doesn’t care about fairness and hates the poor.
Feeling is easy and everybody does it. Thinking is hard so nobody does it. Playing to Democrat strength is a bad idea just as raising the minimum wage is a bad idea. Don’t offer $30, don’t even offer $10: they might just take you up on it and later, when the bad consequences hit, it’ll be your fault for suggesting it.
Yes, Democrats will call you heartless. That will suck. Tough. Embrace the suck and do the right thing anyway.
There is a short list of things that the GOP – despite its inner, “go-along, get-along” tendencies – really really can not compromise on; the compromise itself will not only make things worse, but will be used against the party and all those trying to un-screw things after this past five years.