Radical Tenther Joe Miller: Fed. Minimum Wage Unconsitutional
October 4, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Joe Miller, the fringe Republican senatorial candidate from Alaska believes the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour violates the U.S. Constitution. The radical “tenther” states right’s teapartier holds an extreme view of the 10th Amendment. Miller is not content to stop at the minimum wage. He also believes Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and even unemployment benefits are unconstitutional. His radical view of America would take us back to the turn of the 20th century, before the New Deal reforms were enacted, when greedy Robber Barons ruled the country. And the possibility that Joe Miller and other extreme state’s rights tea party candidates, could have an impact on the future policies of our country, should scare the bejesus out of everyone. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Miller made his controversial remarks during an interview with ABC News and Politico.
“We asked him, for example, if there should be a federally mandated minimum wage, something that has existed since Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938.”
“That is clearly up to the states,” Miller said. “The state of Alaska has a minimum wage which is higher than the federal level because our state leaders have made that determination. The minimum level again should be the state’s decision.”
“So there should not be a federal minimum wage?”
“There should not be,” Miller answered. “That is not within the scope of the powers that are given to the federal government.”
The Fair Labor Standards Act also enacted child labor laws. Greg Sargent of the Washington Post’s the Plume Line, asked the next logical follow up question.
“Does Joe Miller think child labor laws are unconstitutional?” Good question.
Sargent points out, “It’s hard to overstate how extreme Miller’s position is. [...]
“Miller seems to want to relitigate something the GOP already hashed out more than a half century ago.”
And in case, Miller didn’t learn this at Yale Law School, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Fair Labor Standards Act in the 1941 case, U.S. v. Darby.