JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Friday she wouldn’t rule out changes to the federal minimum wage as a way to lower the cost of doing business and lure corporations back to the United States.

The Minnesota congresswoman told supporters at a packed sandwich shop that the corporate income tax needs to be reduced because companies are moving to other countries to save money. She was later asked by a reporter whether changes to the minimum wage should also be considered to balance the cost of labor here and overseas.

“I’m not married to anything. I’m not saying that’s where I’m going to go,” she said.

She did see she wants to look at all aspects of doing business, from regulations to tax codes, and will consider anything that will help create jobs. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

“I want to bring advisers in from labor and from manufacturers and from the service industry and financial services. I want to know what they know, because that’s what we’ve been missing from President Obama. He has virtually no one in his Cabinet with private sector experience,” Bachmann said. “I want to bring people who know how to create jobs into my administration.”

The stop at Angie’s Sub was the first in a three-day tour of Florida, a state that’s hoping to play a major role in the primary. And as a swing state with 29 electoral college votes, it will also be the largest prize in the 2012 general election.

Bachmann told the crowd she knows Florida will play an important role in the election.

“We will be back here many, many, many, many, many times in Jacksonville, and we’re going to be old friends and neighbors by the time this is all done,” she said.

Though at one point, she forgot she was in a local sub shop while talking about helping businesses.

“Can you imagine if good businesses like Subway,” she began before the crowd drowned her out shouting, “Angie’s!”

She made up for it by starting a chant of “Angie’s Subs!” at the end of her remarks.

While she clearly excited the crowd, Vicki Higbee, 54, of Jacksonville said she isn’t completely sold on Bachmann. She said that she’s committed to voting for a conservative but that she also likes Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

“I’m here to see what she has to say,” said Higbee. “I love her and I love her positions, but I’m not committed. She supports a lot of the positions and values that I hold dear.”

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Comments (65)
  1. Ha! says:

    “If we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” Michele Bachmann, Jan. 2005

    1. Mike says:

      Michele forgot to add that if she lowered the working age to 7 along with eliminating minimum wage, families could spend more time together and eliminate over crowded, underfunded classrooms! Brilliant deductions Bachmann……

      1. Matt says:

        why limit it to 7?

        as long as they are able to go to the bathroom by themselves they should be able to work from a Bachmann point of view.

  2. If corporations says:

    didn’t have to pay ANY wages, just think of all the jobs!! That and cut the corporate tax rate to 0%, there isn’t a company in the world that wouldn’t set up shop here!!!

    1. her quote says:

      “Many teenagers that come in should be paying the employer because of broken dishes or whatever occurs during that period of time. But you know what? After six months, that teenager is going to be a fabulous employee and is going to go on a trajectory where he’s going to be making so much money, we’ll be borrowing money from him.” —Michele Bachmann, 1/26/05, explaining why teenagers should pay employers for the privilege of working instead of receiving minimum wage.

    2. jan says:

      Why can’t they make a law that bans importing goods from American countries that move overseas? Tht would solve much of the problem without throwing employees under the bus

      1. jimmy says:

        Just add a tariff

        1. Darwin says:

          And raise the cost of living

  3. Daniel1956 says:

    Jobs aren’t that hard to get. It’s getting a job that pays well enough to live on that’s hard. But then, Bachmann will never understand that.

    1. her quote says:

      “I am so proud to be from the state of Minnesota. We’re the workingest state in the country, and the reason why we are, we have more people that are working longer hours, we have people that are working two jobs, we have more women in the workforce than any other state.” – Bachmann news conference, 2008.

  4. Citizen says:

    It’s a race to the bottom. Last one out of the U.S., please turn off the lights.

    1. her quote says:

      “I’m pro-choice on light bulbs, you bet I am. Pro-life on babies but pro-choice on light bulbs”

  5. Chris says:

    Does she have any spine? Does she believe in anything? Unbelieveable……

    1. her quote says:

      “I’m a foreign correspondent on enemy lines and I try to let everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington.”

  6. Chad says:

    She has to ask others for advice? If you don’t have any ideas maybe the presidency isn’t the right job for you!

    1. Eric Bell says:

      Well, I’m not Bachmann fan, but I don’t expect any president to know everything and need no advice. It’s a good leader who makes the right decisions.

      1. her quote says:

        “I look at the Scripture and I read it and I take it for what it is. I give more credence in the Scripture as being kind of a timeless word of God to mankind, and I take it for what it is. And I don’t think I give as much credence to my own mind, because I see myself as being very limited and very flawed, and lacking in knowledge, and wisdom and understanding. So, I just take the Bible for what it is, I guess, and recognize that I am not a scientist, not trained to be a scientist. I’m not a deep thinker on all of this. I wish I was. I wish I was more knowledgeable, but I’m not a scientist.” – Michele Bachmann interviewing with Todd Fiel at KKMS as quoted in the Stillwater Gazette, September 29, 2003.

  7. Paul Mackay says:

    Everytime you say your going to do something. Why lie .you would do anything to get into office. If you did what you promised you would have nothing to worry about at election day

    1. her quote says:

      “And in the midst of that calling, God then called me to run for the United States Congress. And I thought, what in the world would that be for. And my husband said “You need to do this.” And I wasn’t so sure. And we took three days, and we fasted and we prayed. And we said “Lord, is this what you want, are You sure? Is this Your will?” And after—along about the afternoon of day two, He made that calling sure. And it’s been now twenty-two months that I’ve been running for United States Congress. Who in their right mind would spend two years to run for a job that lasts for two years? You’d have to be absolutely a fool to do that. You are now looking at a fool for Christ. This is a fool for Christ.” (2006)

  8. Mark says:

    Just think of all the jobs we would have if we would control the greedy CEO”s and limit their pay. What is more important, putting food on the table and a roof over your head or buying your 3rd house, buying another expensive car. etc.Somehow we need to get our priorities straightened out.

    1. her quote says:

      “This is their agenda, I know it is hard to believe, it’s hard to fathom — but this is ‘mission accomplished’ for them. They want Americans to take transit and move to the inner cities. They want Americans to move to the urban core, live in tenements, [and] take light rail to their government jobs. That’s their vision for America.” – Interview with One News Now August 6, 2008.

  9. Angus says:

    Motor Mouth has a priority. Protect the rich, take their money for your elections campaign, get very rich herself, go to church, proclaim yourself a Christian, then stick it to the middle class, the poor, the handicapped, and the aged.

    Seems clear enough to me

    1. her quote says:

      “We’re running out of rich people in this country” – Bachmann interview Chris Baker, 2009.

  10. insignificant says:

    soon you’ll need a wheel barrow full o’ greenbacks for minimum wages if RON PAUL isn’t elected to stop the de-valuation of the dollar,eh?

  11. O says:

    Here we go again this lady is a moron hey I wave a great idea lets have everyone work for free and have companies pay no tax .Great idea!!

  12. A L says:

    Bachmann is concerned with the real people in this country. She is only concerned with snuggling up to the people who will contribute to her campaign. The amount that corporations contribute to her would be an boost to the bank accounts of the working class.

    1. her quote says:

      “Nancy Pelosi came into my city, went before the microphones and called me a disgrace to the Congress. It literally felt like somebody had marched me into the public square, given me a public flogging for 18 days straight.” – Interview Marc Levin , November 2008

  13. Kool-aid for everyone says:

    Lower taxes do not increase jobs.

  14. justice4All says:

    And the hits just keep coming!!! As her national poll numbers continue to drop, ole crazy eyes will ramp up her insane tripe in hopes of grabbing headlines. I must admit that it is hard not to watch her antics as she is a train wreck waiting to happen. But when????

    1. her quote says:

      “Is there no longer freedom of speech in this chamber, Mr. President? Mr. President… MR. PRESIDENT? You can turn my microphone off now.” – Michele Bachmann –May 16, 2004, Last day of 2004 Session.

  15. Thomas Keim says:

    people wont work for cheap wages

    1. her quote says:

      “I was wondering, if most employers are already doing this anyway, isn’t minimum wage really just superfluous? Why do we even have one?” —Michele Bachmann, 1/26/05, Jobs, Energy and Community Development Committee

    2. Annie says:

      Yep because according to Bachmann we are running out of rich people, so the more people that work for free the more money those few rich people will collect. Yep makes sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe her interview claiming god wanted her to run for congress was just his sense of humor… He knew she was nuts and decided to entertain us with an airhead!

  16. scott says:

    Kiss my a** Michele Bachman…wait you can’t, your lips are already glued to Corporations behinds!

    1. SnowFire says:

      Maybe the way to prevent jobs from leaving the country is to regulate and tax it. Then if we raise the rate of corporate tax then maybe these highly profitable corporations will find more deductable expenses such as hiring more employees and thus reducing taxable income and corporate taxes! All these companies do anyway is pass the additional expense of doing business onto the consumer – they haven’t figured out how to increase the number of consumers yet – the key is to hire people (otherwise called consumers)

      1. wiggles says:

        I am not at all interested in Bachman, but really, regulate and tax businesses to keep them in the country? Snowfire, that is moronic. A business is not a service you as a consumer deserve. A business is providing a product or service to you, the consumer, so that they can make money. And in turn, you get a plastic thing, and somebody else get’s a paycheck. Is that really wrong? Is it wrong to make money selling something someone else wants?

        1. SnowFire says:

          Wiggles – look at “Citizen” comment below (August 27, 2011 at 10:44 am). Regulation is required. Every budget requires control of revenue and expenditures. We are at a 50 year low on the revenue side and the deepest pockets are the ones the politician are using to get elected and are protecting for the same reason and this is wrong. It is not moronic, it is actually what is already in play yet it needs adjustment in the direction of increasing corporate tax and regulating jobs going out of the country. One reason we have fewer jobs here is because jobs are going out of the county for the sake of increased profit=greed!

          1. Reality sucks says:

            To give government the power to regulate at whim—you also give government the power to deregulate at whim.

  17. aj says:

    GOP is an example of extreme capitalism and her remarks on various issues specially wages reflects it. The are under lobby of corporations and necon.influence . If they have there way they will bring back slavery ,no rules regulations to the corporations Banks .. Cargil can provide food at our table without any restriction of salkminia or any other bacterial infection. all these regulation that provide healthy and clean air is costing poor corporations and it should be all gone under GOP if they have there way.

    1. her quote says:

      “[Nancy Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said that she’s just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet — we didn’t need Nancy Pelosi to do that.” – Interview One News Now August, 2008

  18. Murph says:

    Aliens control the web pages and this bizarre woman Bachmann is one of them.It’s a cookbook!

    1. her quote says:

      Close—-“The President wanted to change the mission of NASA and the focus of NASA to be no longer on space but instead be an outreach to the Muslim community.” [Interview with The Shark Tank blog May 12, 2011]

  19. SSA says:

    Just so people can see some numbers:
    US Rep. 2011 Salary = $174,000 (or $14,500 per month)
    U.S. 2009 average household income (US Census Bureau) = $49,777 (or $4,148 per month)
    Full-time minimum wage job (gross) = $15,080 (or $1256 per month)

    2011 Poverty Guidlines (U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services):
    Family of 1 = $10,890
    Family of 2 = $14,710
    Family of 3 = $18,530

    Form your own opinions.

    1. her quote says:

      “I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?” – Bachmann interview Chris Matthews 2008

  20. Murph says:

    Bachmann has outdid herself with obvious help from Marcus.She must be convinced that God has chosen her to enslave the American people in order to further enrich the already super rich.How much more do you Non 2% republicans need to see to know you’ve been had! I wonder what kind of insane spin Faux news can put on this latest Bachmann outburst of insanity and the call to rebellious arms it could precipitate.Be careful what you wish for GOP! The wolfbane started blooming tonite ! You are toast politically already,don’t press yor luck!

    1. her quote says:

      You are a type of Orville Ethier – a patriot looking to secure American freedoms. The question is, will the Senators of Minnesota act like the Honolulu military headquarters and ignore your message? Today we face perhaps the greatest attack on the family in our lifetime. Now is OUR time to stand up and send a message to avert an equally impending disaster. Please visit http://www.mnmarriage.com to read my recent column on the threat that legalized gay marriage poses to our civil and religious liberties and, to tax exempt organizations in particular.” – Michele Bachmann email to supporters.

      1. Mike says:

        Equating legalizing gay marriage as the greatest attack on family value is not relevant to my marriage or anyone else I know. What is relevant is how important you think your opinion is in making decisions for others who are not like you. Your narcissism and self aggrandizing is a form of mental illness that is far more threatening to family value and societal norms.

  21. Carl says:

    She’d have to lower the minimum wage to $12.00 a week, eliminate all environmental and worker protections as well as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Would the majority of elderly GOP members vote for that?

    Obama has already won the re-election.

  22. Pundit says:

    The government should be slowly removed from the greatest capitalist system in the world to allow it to flourish.

    When ever the government gets involved in the free market, they mess things up. They forced banks to make bad loans, prices of houses soared, the bad loans were sold to Wall Street and eventually it all collapsed.

    Good intentions are not enough.

    1. Citizen says:

      @Pundit. You are no economist. First, there is no such thing as a free market, second unfettered, unregulated capitalism is a disaster and the worst system on the planet. Regulated, controlled capitalism is excellent. Better read some economics textbooks.

      1. Reality sucks says:

        So you’re saying we would be better off under state capitalism? Economies in which the state is the principal actor and judge, and uses the markets for political gains? China, Russia and Venezuela are among the examples. In free-market economies (such as the U.S., Europe and Japan) multinational corporations are the principal actors. Free markets will outlast state capitalism. The U.S. has a bigger economy, puts more money into research and development, and has stronger educational institutions. In addition, state control can create inefficiencies, such as in Venezuela, where the state oil company is now much less productive than it was before the government took it over.

        1. Citizen says:

          @Reality sucks. You really like to veer to extremes, don’t you. What we have in the U.S. is regulated and controlled capitalism. You need to look up the definition of “free market.” There is truly no such thing unless you look at ancient bartering and trading as such. You are confusing free markets with capitalism and they are not the same thing. Try reading James K. Galbraith’s “Predator State” to further your understanding of capitalism and free markets. Right now, Brazil is a truly successful controlled capitalist economy with more socialistic tendencies than the U.S. Scandinavia is another prime example of a highly successful socialistic and controlled capitalistic economy. Venezuela is purely socialistic. You need to understand that any extremes of socialism or capitalism are just not successful–much like the political extremes in the U.S. today. The world’s government and economies run on compromise and a blend of economics. Educate yourself a bit.

          1. Reality sucks says:

            For every opinion there is a refuting argument. I don’t think I’m confusing anything here, with all due respect, and I don’t feel I need to “educate myself a bit” to partake in this exchange. You certainly have a point and there is popular opinion that says that the wind is blowing the way you describe due to the government bailouts of 2008. I may simply have bias of letting it go to hell in a hand basket, obviously my own fault. But over the longer term, there is no evidence that political officials regulate economic activity better than market forces can. When U.S. policy makers temporarily seize responsibility for decisions on how best to value assets and allocate resources, they inject short-term waste, inefficiency, and bureaucracy into domestic and global markets. —But when officials in several of the world’s most dynamic emerging markets embrace this system as a long-term means of protecting their political survival, they undermine the power of the global economic system to generate sustainable growth.— You may be right, I just hope not. Regulation, yes but bureaucratically engineered capitalism, no. As far as BRIC countries go (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), they are relatively new so we shall see.

            1. SnowFire says:

              Reality sucks – we need market forces and regulation in the correct amounts to be successful. Currently the economy is in the tank because of greed for wealth that was left to police itself. I disagree – over the long term the only success is when you have regulation and market forces keeping everything in balance. The bureaucracy is engineered by big business, the wealthy and politicians – circle jerk!

              1. Reality sucks says:

                Yes, Snowfire, I get ya. My interpretation at the beginning of this thread is that Citizen, with a rightful claim that free markets don’t exist, was taking two steps forward into full-blown socialism, I don’t think that’s what was meant. In order to have a free market economy, we would have to abolish the tax code completely and replace it because a “real” free market economy requires exchange of wealth free of politics and corruption. But, America is a capitalist economy, where individuals own corporations as opposed to government ownership. To try to change that—is a pipe dream. Some are already concerned that we are drifting toward socialism or “sharing the wealth” but I think we are leading down a road where there will be little wealth to share (for many reasons). Instead of the rich “funding” the poor, the middle class will shoulder the burden via high tax. Thus “shared wealth” becomes “shared poverty.” As far as markets go, it’s a no brainer that certain sectors need strict regulation! But the technology sector, America’s asset, should have very little regulation since creativity would be squashed.

                1. frozenrunner says:

                  In essence the Bush tax cuts, Pawlenty shifts back to property taxes were shifting burdens to the middle class. You all might forgive my ignorance but there is nothing out there in the GOP proposals for the middle class.

  23. Johnny says:

    Google Bachmann Christian Dominianism

    This lady is freeking nuts… and if you can’t see it you are too!

  24. betty says:

    She is dropping in the polls. She is now 3 and 4, and if Pataki enters, which he is going to, her campaign is done.
    Does the change also affect Congresswoman Bachman’s wages? I mean this woman hasn’t done anything but run around the country bashing Obama on the back of the taxpayer.

  25. Jim says:

    While we’re at it let’s get rid of those pesky Child Labor Laws. Then we could compete with the Chineese and Indian children who get to work in factories 14 hours a day. No education costs and great on-the-job training. Michell sounds like a perfect running mate for Rich…sorry…Rick Perry.

  26. Murph says:

    13 colonies,13 votes! That one worked fine! This congress has to get some massive layoffs pronto.! 1 state,1 vote! Think of all the savings! Bachmann would be an ideal layoff victim! You have to start somewhere!

  27. EJ says:

    I can’t believe that people truly listen to this nut case. It scares the hell out of me that our society seems to have gotten to the point that Bachmann sounds good to some people.
    Where are all of the smart people living?
    Take all of the political parties out of the argument, she is scary nuts.

  28. Redneck Purist says:

    OMG! Can you believe it? Lower the minimum wage?


    Anyone who doesn’t know that the minimum wage is a job killer is a complete fool and an utter tool on economics. That’s what MB is trying to teach you bunch of limp wristed you-know-whats. This will be way over your heads but I’ll try to explain it so even a child (or a liberal) could understand. When the government arbitrarily sets a minimum price for labor, two bad things happen: Number one, businesses lock into the minimum and stay there. And it enables employers to excuse not paying their better people more. It’s what Obama believes: Spread the misery evenly. People think (idiots) that if you reduced or eliminated (insert Liberal gasp here) the minimum wage, the companies would start paying all their employees less. They wouldn’t. They might pay a handful of the underperforming, unreliable, people who get more than what they currently deserve a pay cut, but only the dead weight would get cuts. This, I’m sure, is why only liberals are so vehemently opposed to it. They same themselves on that short list. But on the up side, businesses now has more cash to hire actual workers, and extra cash to give increases to those who deserve it. If an employer pays too little, the best of his workers will leave and go where they can get better pay for what they do. And market ultimately prices everything. IF YOU’RE WORTH MORE, YOU’LL GET MORE. THE CREAM ALWAYS RISES TO THE TOP! I know, bad news for liberals. If they were all paid their actual worth, they’d starve.

    1. X says:

      Excellent post, but I feel you are right, the libs on this site won’t get it.

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