"It's a bad idea. I've had every kinda rotten job you can imagine growin' up and gettin' myself through school. And I wouldn't have had a chance at half those jobs if the federal government had kept imposing [a] higher minimum wage. You take the bottom rungs off the economic ladder."
[W]hen Boehner was first taking on those "rotten jobs," the minimum wage was actually at its historic high. And when the wage later dipped relative to inflation, Congress passed a series of hikes that raised it some more. According to Department of Labor statistics, the minimum wage stood at $1.60 an hour in 1968 -- the highest it has ever been when adjusted for inflation.... At first, Boehner went into sales -- selling plastics, specifically -- after his brief stint with the Navy ended. In 1971, he enrolled in Xavier University. According to a recent Politico profile, Boehner took a number of odd jobs while attending school there, among them "a series of humbling janitorial and construction jobs." He would graduate in 1977.