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Krauthammer: Obama's minimum wage plan would hurt poor

The Obama administration is “robbing” the people it claims to help in its plan to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “The Kelly File.”

“A child can tell you: If you raise the minimum wage by a third, you’re going to lose jobs,” Krauthammer told host Megyn Kelly, citing the Congressional Budget Office’s report that the wage hike could eliminate 500,000 jobs. “All the CBO did was give it a number: half a million.”

Krauthammer continued by saying that the math contradicts the Obama administration’s claim that it wants to help poorer Americans.

“We know that Dems like to redistribute income, and they pretend it’s always from the rich to the poor,” he said. “What the CBO has shown, absolutely clearly, is that when you raise the minimum wage, you’re redistributing income from one set of low income people to another set of low income people.”

And the damage will fall on those who are most economically vulnerable, Krauthammer said.

“There are going to be about half a million people who go from $7 an hour to zero,” he said. “They’re going to be destitute.”

Krauthammer finished by saying that raising the minimum wage would, in fact, have the reverse effect of its intention.

“The irony is, that the winners get a marginal advantage, but for the losers, it’s devastation,” he said. “This administration is robbing the people it says it really wants to help.”

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