wage (or even the existence thereof), and they base their objections largely along pretty straightforward economic analyses.
Into the picture rides Robert Samuelson, one of my favorite economic commentators, with this piece on the minimum wage. There's a little bit in it for everyone to like (or hate)--for the practical political animals in the audience, Samuelson throws this bone: "Let’s be clear. Some increase in the federal minimum is justified. It’s been at $7.25 since 2009. Inflation has eroded its value 10 percent since then and 24 percent since its peak year of 1968, says the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute." For those who (rightly) question its impact on the economy and the workforce, Samuelson lays out several scenarios of minimum wage increases, from a minimum of $10.10 an hour (500,000 lost) to what appears to be the Holy Grail for advocates, a $15.00/hr rate (3.3 million).
The issue doesn't work that well for us (GOP), but I'm not clear it works against us all that much. It is a HUGE issue for D's--which is why I find it to be so tempting as compromise bait--we give away something that matters less to get something that matters more. We shall see.