Watch and listen to the minimum wage debate

Manweller, House Republicans warn minimum wage increase would stifle economic opportunity

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Manweller: “I’ve also been told, Mr. Speaker, that if we raise the minimum wage, it will actually have a stimulus effect. As if somehow, if I take five dollars from the member to my left and I hand it to a member of my right, there is magically more dollars on the House floor. [laughter] That’s amazing! If you believe that, please go home to someplace that has a pool – dump a bucket of water – dump a bucket in one side of the pool and then empty that bucket in the other side of the pool, and tell me how long you had to do that before you realize there was not more water in the pool. Just water that had moved around. None of these arguments make intellectual sense.”

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