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Ramesh Ponnuru

Raising the Minimum Wage Is Still a Bad Idea

Raising the minimum wage, as President Barack Obama has urged, is a popular idea that is also a bad idea.

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as President Barack Obama urged in his State of the Union address last month, is as popular an idea as ever. It's also a worse idea than ever.

Obama presented it as a way to help struggling families: "Americans overwhelmingly agree that no one who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty." That comment provides a misleading picture of who minimum-wage earners are. The White House's own graph promoting the idea shows that only 26 percent of minimum-wage earners have kids. Thirty percent either have spouses and no kids or are kids themselves.