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Scarborough: Congress, Obama 'Amateurs' Over Minimum Wage Deal

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 09:24 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

President Barack Obama and Congress are "amateurs" for being unable to work together, highlighted by the president's promise to bypass lawmakers and raise the minimum wage by executive order, talk show host Joe Scarborough charged Wednesday.

"They're amateurs. They don't know how to run Washington, D.C. Six years into this, Republicans and Democrats that are up there right now, are such amateurs they still don't know how to do a basic deal," Scarborough said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

During President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, he promised to issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay workers at least $10.10 per hour. He said it was necessary because "if you cook our troops' meals or wash their dishes, you should not have to live in poverty."

The issue defined the difference between Republicans and Democrats, Scarborough explained. He said liberals want to push regulations from Washington instead of "allowing small business to grow and move up."

"Therein lies the difference between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. Liberals believe that the way you give Americans a better future is by having the federal government pass new regulations, new demands, new orders on government," he said.

Scarborough pointed out the problem with raising the minimum wage during a struggling economy. Interference by government regulations, he maintained, would make finding work even tougher.

"The president's view is, let's help the people by pushing new regulations that are going to actually make it harder for small business owners to hire new employees . . . It's just an economic reality," Scarborough said.

Raising the minimum wage "gets an applause line," Scarborough explained, but said it was ultimately "cheap political theater." While it might make "everybody feel better," he said the result was the policy "just keeps more kids out of work."

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