Dobbs Knocks Conservative, Business Groups on Wages
Voters in six states chose to increase the minimum wage on November 7, and CNNâ€™s Lou Dobbs took the opportunity to tell business and conservative groups to wise up on the issue.
Calling out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and The Heritage Foundation by name, Dobbs lectured, â€śthese people had better understand something thatâ€™s clear.â€ť Dobbs said this was another battle in his almost trademarked â€śWar on the Middle Classâ€ť on the November 8 â€śLou Dobbs Tonight.â€ť
â€śWhen the voters go to the trouble of an initiativeâ€¦and say business is just pushing way too hard against the interests, the common good [of] working men and women,â€ť continued Dobbs, that shows how important the issue is to â€śmiddle class Americans.â€ť.
Preceding Dobbsâ€™ warning of â€śfireworksâ€ť to come if the federal minimum wage is not increased, Christine Romans offered a report on the passed ballot initiatives.
Romans threw a punch at businesses saying, â€śThe business community has long opposed higher minimum wages, preferring instead low taxes and less regulation.â€ť
The only defender of business opposition to minimum wage increases was The Heritage Foundationâ€™s Bill Beach who said, â€śWhen you increase the minimum wage you increase the cost of doing businessâ€¦thatâ€™s kinda tough.â€ť
Romans immediately countered saying, â€śVoters overwhelmingly disagreed.â€ť