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I was totally shocked and very pleased a couple of hours ago to learn that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had declared himself open to raising the minimum wage, an issue that has long been one of my own main policy suggestions:
By adopting this sensible position, he joins a number of other prominent Republicans and conservatives, including Phyllis Schlafly, Bill O’Reilly, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Tim Pawlenty, as well as billionaires Peter Thiel and Rick Caruso:
I think I’d effectively summarized many of the strong conservative reasons to support a large minimum wage hike in a column a couple of years ago:
And the tremendously important nexus between a higher minimum wage and drastic reductions in future illegal immigration was originally presented in my 12,000 word 2011 article, which began the entire debate:
Back in those days, some leading liberal pundits ridiculed the minimum wage in general and my especially high figure in particular as total economic illiteracy:
So any Republicans who now decide to shift their positions have much company on the other side of the ideological aisle.