AK Senate Candidate Joe Miller Says Minimum Wage Is Unconstitutional
This post first appeared on Daily Kos. Joe Miller might not be a millionaire, but he has aspirations. He's joined the millionaires against the minimum wage club, (joining Oregon governor candidate Chris Dudley, and Senate candidates Linda McMahon and John Raese) but with a twist. Miller adds the minimum wage to the long list of government actions he thinks are unconstitutional.
Miller wants to roll back the power and size of the federal government to a degree not seen for 70 years or more. 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."Add that to Social Security, Medicare, unemployment benefits as things that are unconstitutional in Miller's world. As Scott McAdams says, in the best political line yet of this election cycle, Miller “wants to repeal the 20th Century.” Yale might be considering taking that law degree back.