From the awfulness file comes Californian Republican Representative Tom McClintock speaking against raising the minimum wage. As an added bonus, McClintock decided to add a little bit of racism to his class warfare:
"Only if you want to rip the first rung in the ladder of opportunity for teenagers, for minorities, for people who are trying to get into the job market for their first job.”
He goes on to badmouth minimum wage jobs:
“It’s not supposed to support a family. The minimum wage is that first job when you have no skills, no experience, no working history. That’s how you get into the job market, that’s how you develop that experience, develop that work record, get your first raise, then your next raise, then your promotion.”
I started my first job, doing general stocking and cleaning work in a local deli when I hit the age of sixteen and could get working papers. I had skills, a general competence in cleaning gained by helping out with housework and a good grasp of math and language. I didn't enter the workforce as some sort of tabula rasa. Furthermore, my job was in a service industry which depended on other people having enough disposable income to pay someone to make their breakfast or lunch for more money than they'd pay if they'd prepared it themselves. With a bolstered minimum wage comes a bolstered customer base. From a strictly anecdotal standpoint, I was one of the few kids in high school who could go to a nearby deli to buy lunch (of course, I got a discount as well as my weekly pay, which made me popular at lunchtime).
Another thing, these service jobs typically can't be outsourced, so any characterization of them as being worth no more than a $7/hour rate is bullshit- if the minimum wage has been raised, the wage will go up, period- it's pretty hard to have some poor peasant in Vietnam or the Philippines making a burger for some d00d in Santa Monica. The odds of these jobs just "going away" is pretty slim- increased demand resulting from increased wages will result in job increases. There might be a slight diminution of corporate profits at first, but that should be eliminated fairly quickly by rising sales.
The entire argument against raising the minimum wage is specious, and McClintock just brought some additional ugliness to the "debate" by bringing minorities and his perception of their lack of value into it. If there is one job that isn't worth seven dollars per hour, it's that of a Republican representative.