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Opening Arguments

A generous boss

Alas, all the progressives in Washington think this way, and so do a fair number of so-called conservatives:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the government to "give America a raise" by raising the federal minimum wage – a move that would affect just 2.8% of Americans in the workforce who earn at or below the minimum wage.

"Tom Harkin and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to $10.10," said Obama during his State of the Union Address. "This will help families. It will give businesses customers with more money to spend. It doesn't involve any new bureaucratic program. So join the rest of the country. Say yes. Give America a raise."

The government isn't our servant, see, it's our employer, so naturally it should give us a raise from time to time. Just don't lay us off, OK? Oh, wait. Too late.

Give America a raise? No, give America a break. Just stop.