Minimum Wage Increase Causes The Rain of Restaurant Closings To Fall On Seattle
On 1 April 2015 the minimum wage in Seattle, WA will increase to $11/Hour. This is part of a phased plan to make every employer in Seattle pay a minimum wage of $15 by 2022. The Seattle City Council is proud of their new ordnance. They talk about winning a victory for the movement, stopping the race to the bottom. They should worry instead about | Read More »
Why We Need Mike Rowe for President
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Robert Tracinski to discuss attacks on Scott Walker, minimum wage jobs and why we need Mike Rowe for President.
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The minimum wage and the Big Mac
There has been a cute little meme circulating on the internet which I use as the featured image for this post. This idea being… apparently… that in Australia the minimum wage is higher than the US yet the price of the commodity, here a burger from McDonald’s, is cheaper. Therefore, it is evil capitalist plutocrats who are screwing the people. And, presumably, the way to | Read More »
Amnesty and the minimum wage make strange bedfellows
As amnesty becomes Barack Obama’s latest Bright Shiny Political Object, let’s not forget the previous one: hiking the minimum wage. The Obamanomics argument for minimum wage hike is that wealth redistribution creates jobs. Any law that forces money to disperse from The Few to The Many supposedly creates jobs, because The Many run out and spend it like crazy, creating bountiful opportunities for business formation | Read More »
Delusion: The Minimum Wage Ended Slavery
Late last week, a prominent Wisconsin liberal community organizer offered this gem of historical insight on Wisconsin Public Radio: “In fact, we had a system where we didn’t require employers to pay anything at all, it was called slavery.” The liberal was Jennifer Epps-Addison, who leads Wisconsin Jobs Now, an SEIU-founded and funded group that functions as a get-out-the-vote operation for Democrats during elections and | Read More »
Big Mac Could Cost $7.82 with $15 Minimum Wage
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Melissa Quinn to discuss the fight for a $15 minimum wage, how it would hurt jobs and what your favorite fast foods would cost with that pay increase.
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Failing at Life
Police arrested a lady in Atlanta yesterday for blocking traffic as protested the minimum wage outside McDonalds. She told the WSB reporter who interviewed her that “without struggle there is no progress.” Then she said she wanted the government to force McDonalds to pay more “so I won’t have to struggle.” If you are working your tail off and doing the best you can and, | Read More »
To Fix The Minimum Wage, Take an Example From The Federal Government
A lot of people demand that employers pay a Living Wage. They generally seek to impose such a wage by hiking the minimum wage that employers are legally allowed to pay to some premium. This, they believe, will make employees have a better life. The tactic fails for two reasons. If the wage is too low, the workers are still stuck where they started and | Read More »
Liberty: the road not taken
The Left’s cherished new idea is that if someone doesn’t give you something for “free,” such as birth control, they are “denying your access” to it. That’s clearly absurd on the most basic common sense level, the kind of thinking a reasonably clever child would shred in a matter of moments, but it’s becoming something like a religious imperative for liberals – a new commandment | Read More »
Minimum Wage — Politics versus Reality.
I published in another venue that the current $10.10 proposal steals a catch-phrase from Herman Cain and makes it impossible for Republicans to support the President’s purely political request. I say the Party should jump on board, and make a big deal about supporting last year’s State of the Union request for $9.00 an hour! Despite the fact that thirty years of studies have proved | Read More »
Mitt Romney: A Severe Conservative Who Just Won’t Go Away
When conservative candidates lose their bid for elected office, they tend to fade away from public life and are never heard from again. But for Rockefeller Republicans, losing an election is evidently a resume enhancer for them to continue advising and interfering with Republican politics and policy. Mitt Romney ran as a “severely” conservative Republican in the primary. He pulverized his opponents with an expensive | Read More »
Harry Reid deliberately fails to advance his job-killing bill.
Seriously, in this economy it’s a bad thing when your legislation can be linked to anything that looks like a job-killer.
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American Federation of Teachers Boss is Paid $360,000… Plus $183,000
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, who was paid $543,150 last year, defended her compensation by claiming her pay is $360,000 and other reported expenses simply prove the union’s “transparency.”
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Minimum Wage Vote Shows West Virginia is Not ‘Open for Business’
Last week anti-abortion supporters were given a choice: keep supporting Democrats who claim to be “pro-life” or return to their Republican roots. Will business face a similar choice?
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Minimum Wage: Do the Math
by Chris Shugart Last month, President Obama decreed by executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. This week he continues to campaign for support of a Congressional bill that would raise the minimum wage nationwide. As the debate rages on, we are at least reminded of the math illiteracy we face in our schools and society. It also serves as evidence that | Read More »