Republicans Quotes

The proposal is couched in the soothing and smarmy rhetoric of leftist populism….But if that's all it takes, why stop there? If a simple legislative act increasing the minimum wage to $7.75 is all that is needed to improve the lot of the working poor by just a little, then why not raise it to $10 an hour and get them to the poverty level? For that matter, why not raise it to $50 an hour, assuring every working Californian a comfortable living?

Tom McClintock, California Republican state senator. “The Los Angeles Times.
04/11/2006 | Full Details | Law(s): Minimum Wage

The truth is that if your labor is worth $6.75 an hour and the minimum wage is raised to $7.75, you simply become unemployable. The first rung of the ladder is gone, and there's no place to start….This legislation is the ultimate expression of the cruelest of all human lies: ‘I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'

Tom McClintock, California Republican state senator. The Los Angeles Times.
315304/11/2006 | Full Details | Law(s): Minimum Wage

In 1991, dentists across America discovered that OSHA had ‘outlawed the tooth fairy.’ In a fit of regulatory zeal to combat the spread of AIDS and other communicable diseases through blood-borne pathogens, the rule-writers at OSHA had determined to make it a violation to allow any item that had been in contact with bodily fluids to leave a medical facility except in a biohazards container.

Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) in an op-ed for The Hill.

When the cost of employment goes up, you lose your job. If you don't have a job, family leave insurance doesn't help you.

State Senator Cheryl Pflug (R). The Associated Press State & Local Wire.

AB 606 singles out one industry and places additional requirements on employers in that industry.

Governor Schwarzenegger veto message.

Kyoto is an economic weapon designed to undermine the global competitiveness and economic superiority of the United States.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
07/28/2003 | Full Details | Law(s): Kyoto Treaty

I hope this is a lesson for the next Republican governor or next Republican president before they sign this kind of bill. Once Democrats control everything they are going to start raising taxes and raising benefits to pay for these screwball ideas….A tax on a job eliminates jobs; this is a tax on a job.

Republican State Senator Ray Haynes. The Tri-Valley Herald.

Reject the phony Patients' Bill of Rights….We don't have to continue down the path of socialized medical care, especially in America where free markets have provided so much for so many.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
08/02/2001 | Full Details | Law(s): Patient Bill of Rights

Without question, the true goal of some in Congress is to create a system of socialized medicine. It's politically expedient to slap a 'patients' rights' label on legislation that simply leads us closer to a complete government takeover of medicine.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) Health Care News.
08/01/2001 | Full Details | Law(s): Patient Bill of Rights

Repealing the ergonomics regulation will save small businesses billions of dollars that means fewer layoffs, less pay-cuts and economic growth.

Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX), The New York Times, “House Joins Senate in Repealing Rules on Workplace Injuries”.