The Christian case for raising the minimum wage

Christian politicians like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan should get on board

Paul Ryan
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Some two million low-wage workers may be looking at a more prosperous future thanks to an executive order that President Obama intends to sign that will raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. That's reason to celebrate, right? After all, 73 percent of Americans say they'd support raising the minimum wage. But you won't hear most Republican politicians clapping.

The president's proposed order is just the opening salvo in a larger, upcoming legislative battle to raise the minimum wage for everyone. But despite the GOP's recent attempts at an anti-poverty rebranding campaign, most Republicans on Capitol Hill — including perceived frontrunners for the 2016 Republican presidential bid like Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio — still resist any tinkering with wage standards. According to Ryan, Rubio, and others, raising the minimum wage is too risky because it could result in lower overall employment.

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