When President Obama called for raising America's wage floor to nine bucks an hour, GOP House leader John Boehner attacked it like a gater on a poodle.
Incredibly, he claimed that raising the wages of our country's most-poorly-paid workers would hurt – guess who? – America's most-poorly-paid workers! This disingenuous pitting of poor people against themselves is derived from a corporate-manufactured myth that hiking the minimum forces small business owners to fire employees or even go bankrupt. "When you raise the price of employment," he grumped, "guess what happens? You get less of it."