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Pete Buttigieg Taunts God

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on December 15, 2019 by andelino

“Gay” South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg “implied” those who oppose the minimum wage “taunt” the Creator who said in Leviticus 20:13 “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

Are those who “oppose” raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour “transgressing” the Scripture and “mocking” the Lord God Almighty?

One might get that impression when Democratic presidential “wannabee” Pete Buttigieg offered his exegesis of Proverbs 14:31“Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”

“And so-called conservative Christian senators right now in the Senate are blocking a bill to raise the minimum wage, when Scripture says that whoever oppresses the poor taunts their Maker” claimed sinner Buttigieg.

While it is commendable that presidential candidates are “encouraging” voters to think about the intersection between “faith and economics” Pete’s proposal is not near where they converge.

The Old Testament, which Buttigieg cites, primarily defines “oppressing the poor as refusing to pay their wages.”

Deuteronomy 24:14-15 says, “Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.

Another form of “oppression” consisted of failing to provide a uniform level of justice in Leviticus 19:13-15: “Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight. Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord. Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”

Rulers were not to “favor” the rich or take “bribes,” nor were they to “show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit” according to Exodus 23:3.

The Bible knows of “no minimum wage provision.” And although it is not primarily economic, Jesus’ Parable of the “Laborers in the Vineyard” concludes with the landowner telling workers who are disgruntled over their pay, “Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?“ according to Matthew 20:15.

The rate of “wages and remuneration” deemed “biblical” is not so clear cut that one should begin hurling “anathemas” over it. The “minimum wage” is a prudential issue commended to those who are both “thoughtful and faithful.”

There are at least “four” reasons raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, as Buttigieg advocates, is likely to have “harmful” effects.

First, “It increases unemployment.” The “Raise the Wage Act” will offer a small boost to some in exchange for “depriving” some people of all opportunity. The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis finds that, by 2025, a $15 minimum wage would give the average person, who keeps his job, an extra $50 a month.

The CBO estimates this may reduce the number of people living beneath the U.S. poverty level by 1.3 million. However, this comes as a “steep” cost. It would throw another 1.3 million people, and possibly as many as 3.7 million Americans, “out of work” altogether. This will fall disproportionately on those most in need: “the poor, minorities, the young, and those looking to enter the labor force.”

Second, “It destroys wealth.” Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will make the nation “poorer” as a whole. The CBO concludes that raising the minimum wage would “cost” the overall U.S. economy a total of $9 billion. Reducing the total amount of “resources” available to society does not aid the “poor and needy.”

Third, “It reduces the long-term earnings of the poor.” A higher minimum wage makes it less likely for workers to “move up” the economic ladder. The CBO report notes in passing: “A higher minimum wage might draw some workers who would otherwise attend school into the labor force. Those potential effects on family income are not accounted for in this analysis.” 

Fourth, “It squanders young people’s personal potential.” Encouraging young people to forgo higher education robs them, and society, of the blessings that flow from reaching their full potential. A 1995 study, which confirmed previous studies, found that increasing “minimum wages lead to a decline in the school enrollment rate and an increase in the proportion of teenagers who are neither employed nor enrolled in school.”

It’s no surprise that higher wages may “stimulate” labor participation. The “Bureau of Labor Statistics” found that the average worker with a high school diploma earns $192 a week, or $9,984 a year, more than someone without a diploma; and someone with a four-year college degree makes $23,972 a year more than a high school graduate.

A high “minimum wage” tantalizes workers in late adolescence with the immediate gratification of what seems to be “good money.” But it locks them into lower “income strata” for life. This is no small issue, since young people are the largest cohort of people affected by the minimum wage: “Nearly 98 percent of people earning the minimum wage are 24 or younger.”

This leads to the greatest “harm done by an excessively high minimum wage.”

To be sure, the rise of those “Neither Employed nor in Education or Training” (NEET) has a detrimental impact on society.“The male retreat from the labor force has exacerbated family breakdown, promoted welfare dependence, and recast ‘disability’ into a viable alternative lifestyle. Among these men the death of work seems to mean also the death of civic engagement, community participation, and voluntary association,” wrote Nicholas Eberstadt of AEI.

But the greatest “victim” of wasted potential is the worker himself or herself. Unlike other losses, the retreat of young people into “idleness” is incalculable. Only the full development of one’s intellectual faculties allows young men and women to become “truly outstanding in their training, ready to undertake weighty responsibilities in society and witness to the faith in the world.”

A minimum wage job usually “serves” as the beginning, rather than the end, of that process. By refusing further development, the person ends a “regret-filled life wondering what might have been.”

Buttigieg told The Washington Post that the nation has the opportunity for “religion to be not so much used as a cudgel but invoked as a way of calling us to a higher value.”

A nation gets no closer to understanding the “Heart of our Maker”, or encouraging human flourishing and civil discourse, by “distorting” the Bible or classifying everyone who “dissents” from the statist economic agenda as “blasphemers.” 

Followers of Jesus are supposed to “help” the poor, not use the government to “oppress” them, using their “faith” to justify their oppression.

Might I suggest that “Mayor Pete” listen to the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:3-5 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

In 2016, Mayor Pete pushed to “raise” South Bend city employee minimum wages to $10.10. He succeeded, and it’s been the same rate since. Now Pete is “declaring” that anything short of $15 an hour “oppresses the poor” in the eyes of the Lord.

Nothing in the Bible “dictates” that Employers pay their employees whatever wage is arbitrarily “chosen” by aspiring politicians eager for “votes.”

The very fact that the arbitrary wages “fluctuate” from place to place and moment to moment “ought” to be a clear sign that it is not a “mandate from heaven.”

If it were, Mayor Pete would have some “explaining” to do to the man upstairs for his “cruel, years-long oppression” of so many City of South Bend employees.

Automated Restaurants

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2017 by andelino

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Andrew Puzder, CEO of “CKE Restaurants,” who runs the parent company of “Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s” is a vocal opponent of raising the minimum wage and of “ObamaCare” arguing that the policies result in “lower” employment rates.

In an interview with Business Insider in March, Puzder said fast-food workers could be “replaced” with kiosks and other automated technology to “offset” the cost of wages.

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“I want to try it,” CEO Andy Puzder said of automated restaurants. “With government driving up the cost of labor, it’s driving down the number of jobs,” he said.

“You’re going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores but in restaurants.”

It’s why the “fast food” industry is “investing” big in automation.

“If you’re making labor more expensive, and automation less expensive — this is not rocket science,” Puzder said.

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Puzder has also been a “harsh” critic of the new overtime rules, which are designed to “raise” wages for millions of the country’s “lowest-paid” workers.

“This new rule will simply add to the extensive regulatory maze the Obama Administration has imposed on employers, forcing many to offset increased labor expense by cutting costs elsewhere,” Puzder wrote in a Forbes op-ed article in May.

Carl’s Jr. has been “criticized” for its ads starring “scantily” clad women, which Puzder says have helped the business appeal to “hungry, young guys.”

“I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American,” Puzder told Entrepreneur in 2015.

“I used to hear, brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality.”

You don’t become the CEO of a massive company without knowing how to put “asses” in the seats. Sex sells and super “hot” chicks dressed as “slutty” as possible eating cheeseburgers and sausages “really” sells.

Impossible not to “include” this Abi Ratchford ad.

Cruelty of Minimum Wage

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on January 28, 2016 by andelino

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If the goal is to “improve” the economic fortunes of the “least-advantaged” workers and families, says economist Don Bordeaux in this short animated video, then the minimum wage is a “terrible” idea.

On his blog, Boudreaux adds:

“The minimum wage yields unfair advantages to families, such as mine, with teenagers who hail from middle- and high-income households, who are well-educated, whose parents and other relatives have social and business connections, and who have their own personal means of transportation. These advantages come at the expense – cruelly so – of minority and inner-city teens, of low-skilled immigrants, and of other workers who are poorly advantaged yet who, in most cases, need employment more than do those advantaged workers who manage to find jobs at the higher, minimum wage.”

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Prof. Don Boudreaux responds to “The Truth About the Economy,” a recent video featuring former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

In the video, one of Reich’s key points is that most people’s wages have “barely” increased since 1980. However, when Reich’s numbers are examined in greater detail, his “claim” does not hold up.

If you care about this issue, there are three things to consider:

1. How inflation is calculated
2. Benefits workers receive other than wages
3. The distinction between statistics and individuals

Adjusting for “inflation,” especially over long periods of time, is as much an “art as it is a science.” In an attempt to “measure” inflation, economists have developed “several” indexes. All of these “indexes” are considered “legitimate,” but all of them yield “different” results.

In “The Truth About the Economy” video, Robert Reich uses the consumer price index (CPI) to “calculate” the average hourly wage, and he finds that wages haven’t “risen” much over the past 30 years. However, when using other “methods” of adjusting for inflation, which are no less “respected,” the average hourly wage rate “rises” as much at 18% over the same 30 year period.

Index “differences” aside, everyone agrees that all forms of “compensation” must be considered to “accurately” calculate worker’s compensation. This includes not only “wages and salaries, but also benefits like health insurance, retirement benefits, vacation days, sick pay,” and more.

It’s worth noting that “fringe” benefits have become a larger share of “income” over the past 30 years. According to Don Boudreaux’s calculations, which include fringe “benefits,” average hourly wages have increased up to “26%” over the past 30 years.

Lastly, and most importantly, Robert Reich “confuses” statistical categories with “real” people. When Reich says that, since 1980, most people’s “wages” have barely increased, he gives the “impression” that most people have enjoyed no “economic” gains over the past three decades.

What he means is that, adjusting for inflation, average wages have not increased. The real “flesh and blood” people within these statistical categories have actually experienced “increased” compensation. Some workers are gaining “skills”, others are “retiring”, and others are joining the “workforce” for the first time. Especially noteworthy is the increasing rate at which “women and immigrants” have entered the workforce in the past 30 years.

To Boudreaux, Reich is right to claim that a “strong economy needs a strong middle class.” However, taxing the “rich,” as Reich suggests, is not the “path” to a strong middle class.

The path to a strong economy and a strong middle class requires the hard work and great entrepreneurial ideas of individual people acting in a free market.

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Robot Workers

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2015 by andelino

The melancholy “truth” that America’s leftists, and the young people they “exploit” for political support, stubbornly “refuse” to learn is that the true minimum wage is zero.

When the “cost” of labor is increased beyond its true “value” by government fiat, employers learn to “make do” with fewer workers.

The primary factor containing the “damage” from such market responses to “increased” labor cost is customer “satisfaction.”

Beyond a certain point, it becomes “impossible” to cut jobs or productivity “suffers” too much.

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In a service-oriented business, such as “food service,” the customers have unhappy experiences at “understaffed” establishments and take their “business” elsewhere.

Ron Shaich, CEO of “Panera Bread” cautions that customers are now comfortable enough with “automated” systems to allow another huge round of “job cuts” in the near future.

To put it simply, the government is “pricing” labor out of the market, and machines are standing “ready” to fill the gap.

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As reported by Business Insider, it was more like a “confident” prediction. “Labor is going to go down,” he said. “And as digital utilization goes up – like the sun comes up in the morning – it is going to continue to go up.”

“Digital utilization – you are seeing it happen in Panera today,” Shaich continued. “As it happens, it’s going to benefit larger organizations like Panera, who already have the technology in place.”

Indeed, a visitor to one of Shaich’s restaurants will immediately notice a high level of “digital” integration, as the “Panera 2.0″ remodel sweeps across the nation.

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Newer Panera locations offer “touch” screens where customers can place their “orders” without speaking to “wait” staff.

A human “cashier” is still available for those who prefer “ordering” the old-fashioned way, but the new system “assumes” a significant portion of the customer base that will be “comfortable” plugging their order “directly” into the computer.

Some locations even “allow” customers to order from their tables using “cell phones or laptop computers.”

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Business Insider notes other restaurants, such as fast-food giant “McDonald’s,” pursuing similar automation paths.

One of the early adopters was “Chili’s,” which put touch-screen computers at every table, allowing customers to “pay” their bills without human interaction, “summon” the wait staff for drink refills or desert orders, use “points” from the restaurant’s reward program for “free” items, and even pass the time “playing” games.

As with Panera, use of this system is “optional,” so customers can do everything with the “assistance” of human wait staff if they prefer, but the number of diners “voluntarily” using these electronic systems is providing “valuable” feedback to the industry.

Shaich’s comments about “automation” reflect a growing awareness among restaurant management, and other service industry managers, that customers have grown comfortable with using “digital” technology at brick-and-mortar locations, perhaps in part because the explosion of “e-commerce” has taught them to see such systems as “friendly and reliable.”

Experiments with such “in-store” automation largely “failed” a generation ago… “but that was then, and this is now.”

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Business Insider cites Shaich “claiming” that rising labor costs were not the “explicit impetus” for Panera’s move to “digital” utilization. “We did our digital capabilities to give a better guest experience. It was never about labor,” he said.

But then, later in his conference call, the CEO “admitted” it was partially about “labor,” and the entire industry is “thinking” that way.

“All of us in the industry essentially view this as inflationary, just like if there was a broad-based increase in any commodity,” Shaich said about labor costs.

“And labor is a commodity in that sense. It’s going to affect all of us, and we are all going to have to take price. That’s the reality of it, and I think it’s going to affect us all.”

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Obviously, no company executive “wants” an expensive paradigm-shifting “tech rollout” to be perceived as a “penny-pinching” effort to replace “human” workers with machines.

They’ll “pitch” their automation programs as “exciting” consumer-driven steps into a bright future of greater “convenience,” meeting the desire of “today’s” consumers to have an Amazon-style shopping “experience” everywhere they go.

Only after the “glorious dawn of a new digital era” pitch will they “admit” that, yes, they’re tired of having their “profit” margins shredded by “socialist” politicians, so they’re taking “advantage” of the rising digital “comfort” level among their customers to begin “phasing” out human employees.

Today it’s “touch screens” replacing the time-consuming business of “placing” orders and “paying” bills; tomorrow it will be “robot” waiters.

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The Business Insider piece mentions that electronics retailer “Best Buy” is already experimenting with using “robots” to move “merchandise” around inside its stores.

This is a “paradigm” shift, and it will never be “reversed.” Once the huge capital outlays for “automation” have been made, and customers have “grown” comfortable with it, those jobs will be “gone for good.”

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Contrary to left-wing rhetoric about “burger-flipper” jobs, young people in many demographic groups will “miss” these “low-skill on-ramps” to employment.

And, unlike the banking industry and the automated “teller” machines President Obama ignorantly “blamed” for the high “unemployment” rates during his presidency, these service industries “won’t” find new uses for the labor “displaced” by automation.

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They’re explicitly seeking ways to make “do” with fewer hours of high-cost, heavily burdened “human” labor… and, as the “digital” generation comes of age, such “methods” will be found.

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McDonald’s in Cuba!

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2014 by andelino

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Our ever so “benevolent and gracious” President extraordinaire, Barack Hussein Obama has made the “fantastic” decision of opening up “Tourist” travel to the island “paradise” of communistic Cuba at the personal “request” of Pope Francis!

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This is “extraordinary” news for people who wish to “discover” the wonderful world of “Next Tuesday” a mere 90 miles from America’s shores.

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This realization calls for “celebration” as people begin to “flock” to the wondrous tropical “Island” known only to a “selective” few.

The “secret” of that untouched “Utopia” fostered by the “Castro” brothers has “finally” be lifted.

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What will happen when “too many” discover the virtual “heaven on earth” of socialism and “want” to stay?

No longer will the “success” of socialism be “hidden” from view and all will “wish” to partake in this “new” found freedom.

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This is “great” news for the oppressed, “minimum wage” earners of McDonald’s in America!

Imagine the “flood” of underprivileged workers “streaming” south to the island “paradise” of Cuba!

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Why work for “slave” wages in America when you can pick up a “cool” $9 an hour… Oh, wait… that’s “$9 a month” minimum wage for a 44 hour week. “Oops!” My bad. Disregard…

Castro once “promised” workers 30% share of “profits,” but now pays “doctors” only a paltry 7%.

Why isn’t Cuba “held” to the same moral standard as McDonald’s?

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Seems to me we could learn a “lesson or two” from Havana.

Here is a “tribute” to President Obama’s “decision” on Cuba.

As everyone knows, the U.S. has “persecuted” those great and compassionate leaders, “Fidel and Raul” Castro, for so “many” years.

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And who wouldn’t “love” a guy like Obama who “killed” the rich and “liberated” their assets for the “poor.”

Now that’s what is called real “community organizing.”

Obviously, the “selfish” thousands who “escaped” from Cuba to the U.S. over the years did not “appreciate” all that Obama had “done” for them by “normalizing” relations with Cuba.

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Waving the White Flag

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2014 by andelino

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal “accused” the Obama administration of “waving the white flag of surrender” by not taking enough “action on the economy.”

“What I worry about is that this president and the White House seem to be ‘waving the white flag of surrender’ after five years under this administration,” Jindal, a possible Republican presidential contender in 2016, told reporters.

“The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that. I think America can do better than that.”

Jindal spoke alongside other members of the “National Governors Association” following a meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R), chairwoman of the National Governors Association, announced that Obama would decide on the proposed “Keystone XL oil pipeline” from Canada within the next few months.

“I did ask the president when we could anticipate a decision on the Keystone pipeline and asked him to use his executive order power to do that,” Fallin said.

“Finally, he did come back and say that he anticipated an answer one way or the other in a couple of months. So we hope that we will know one way or the other what the answer will be.”

Jindal “framed” the Keystone pipeline in the larger “context” of the Obama administration’s “handling of the economy.”

“In the State of the Union, the president talked about using his ‘pen’ and talked about in subsequent speeches using his ‘phone’ to take executive actions and bypass Congress.”

“I made a few suggestions today,” Jindal said. “I’ve got additional suggestions on how do you do that if you were serious about growing the economy. Keystone pipeline is certainly one. Increasing drilling and leasing activity on federal land is another, things he can do on education and choice.”

Pipeline supporters say it would “create” at least 20,000 jobs and “produce” at least 800,000 barrels of oil, while opponents say it could “contribute” to global warming and “worry” about the possibility of spills.

The State Department, however, issued a “finding” this year that it would not have a “significant” impact on the environment.

After Jindal “accused” Obama of settling for a “minimum wage” economy, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, jumped to the microphone to say “we just heard what I think ended up being the most partisan statement that we’ve had all weekend” and that “until a few moments ago, we were going down a pretty cooperative road.”

“Let me just say this, we don’t all agree on moving Canadian oil through the United States is necessarily the best thing for the United States economy,” Malloy said.

“That’s not to say that we don’t want to make sure we’re maximizing our access to American gas and American oil. So there are clearly differences here quite frankly. In many states we don’t get revenue from those oil sources or gas sources. So let’s be clear that there are differences here.”

Malloy went on to “defend” an increase in the minimum wage. The wage is $8.70 in his state.

“So let’s be very clear, there are many people like myself who support a minimum wage,” he said. “We did it once in our state this year, 45 cents. We have a plan to get to $10.10. I don’t know what the heck was a reference to white flag. But it comes to people making $404 a week. So let’s be clear we had a great meeting and we didn’t go down that road, and it just started again and we didn’t start it.”

“If that was the most partisan statement he’s heard all weekend, I want to make sure he hears a more partisan statement,” Jindal said in response.

“I think we could also grow the economy more if we delayed more of these ObamaCare mandates.” The reality is, if we’re serious about growing our economy, we shouldn’t accept a 2 to 3 percent growth. We shouldn’t accept a labor force participation rate that is the lowest it has been in 36 years.

“We shouldn’t accept policies like the minimum wage, which the Congressional Budget Office says would destroy 500,000 jobs. The CBO said that ObamaCare would result in 2 million fewer Americans working. America can do better.”

America can absolutely grow its economy. We shouldn’t be “waiving the white flag” when it comes to growth.

Jindal also declared President Barack Obama the worst president in his lifetime at his CPAC speech, saying his actions in the face of Russian troops occupying Ukraine in the past week had pushed him over the top.

“I spent a lot of 2011 and 2012 going around the country saying that President Obama was the most liberal and most incompetent president in my lifetime ever since former Democratic President Jimmy Carter,” Jindal said, referring to his time as chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association.

“But having witnessed the events abroad these last several days, as we see the president of Russia invading a neighboring country while our president wants to downsize our military, while our president brags about the increased spending on food stamps; seeing a president that doesn’t believe that a strong America leads to a peaceful, more stable world; seeing a president who doesn’t understand that a weak America leads to instability; seeing a president who doesn’t seem to understand that our allies, our enemies alike need and want a strong America.”

“You know, we have long thought and said this president is a smart man. It may be time to revisit that assumption. Or at least make a distinction between being book smart and being truly wise,” Jindal said.

“And so, today let it be heard — and I hope he’s watching — to President Carter, I want to issue a sincere apology. It is no longer fair to say he was the worst president of this country in my lifetime,” Jindal said. “President Obama has proved me wrong.”

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Mood Disorder

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 13, 2012 by andelino

It’s time the federal government exercised divine fiat to increase the pay of minimum wage workers, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said at a Capitol Hill news conference on June 6. “It is time to bail out working people who work hard every day,” he said. “The only way to do that is to raise the minimum wage.”

How much more should companies pay their employees? According to Jackson, a whopping 38 percent! Under his proposal, the minimum wage would jump by $2.75 per hour to $10 per hour. According to the New York Times, Jackson is pushing his agenda from a new angle—“that raising the minimum wage will encourage Americans to spend more and stimulate the struggling economy.”

If only it were so simple.  The last time the federal government raised the minimum wage was in 2009—right in the midst of a recession. This too was sold as a way to “stimulate” the economy. Back then it raised it from $6.55 to $7.25. The Wall Street Journal quoted experts saying that the move would add $5.5 billion to the economy. If simply raising the minimum wage by 70 cents adds $5.5 billion to the economy, why stop there?

Because it doesn’t work. For one thing, money doesn’t appear out of nowhere. It has to come from somewhere. If businesses have to pay their employees more, they will have to increase prices (or go bankrupt)—which means that all those minimum-wage workers at Burger King will be spending their newly enlarged paychecks on higher priced food. But it doesn’t stop there. Wal-Mart employees will be spending their empowered paychecks on higher priced clothes. The oil change at the local garage will cost more. The electronics at Best Buy will mysteriously cost more. Stationery at Staples will inflate. The list goes on.

It doesn’t stop there either. It won’t be just the minimum wage employees that pay more. People already making $10 per hour who do not get a raise will pay more. Businesses that do not have minimum-wage employees that buy products from businesses that do will pay more. The government, which hires contractors, will pay more. Which means taxes will eventually need to go up.

Everyone will pay more. Surprise, surprise—no free lunch. But while everyone is paying more, one group of people will not be paying more.

What group is that, you ask? The poor people who lose their jobs. Many companies that pay minimum wage, pay that because that is what they can afford. Some jobs are only worth paying $7.25 per hour. At $7.25, I might hire someone to rake my lawn. At $10 I might consider letting the leaves blow down the street. Raising the minimum wage is like legislating poor people out of work. And that means that more will need to be paid out in unemployment insurance, and food stamps, and government health care.

Increasing payroll costs is not a way to stimulate the economy. It is, however, a great way to increase unemployment and hurt the low-skilled, low-paid workers that you are trying to help. And it is also a great way to exacerbate the recession.

With America in a recession, now would be the perfect time to raise the minimum wage—if you wanted to hurt the economy.

If this sign is not preaching the truth, I don’t know what is! Let’s say politicians only earned $7.25/hr, the federal minimum wage. They may be a bit more sympathetic to the plights of working families and the under-employed. Following the instructions on this sign may be a good first step to changing things for the better.

Did I hear Jesse Jackson, Jr. to be the first one to offer to work for the minimum wage to set a good example for the rest of the politicians?

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