Minimum Wage Gain, Maximum Poverty Pain

The left is using the politically correct term “living wage” to describe their intent to impose their thug government on small businesses who are barely getting by as it is.

I’ve defined the term many times, but let’s consider “PC” again:

Political correctness is not just a leftist way to make overly sensitive people feel better. It was designed by early Marxists in Russia and the left continues to execute the Orwellian tactic today: if you can control words, you can control thought; if you can control thought, you can control actions.  “PC” is an enormous, sophisticated and highly coordinated effort by elitist intellectuals to “fundamentally transform” Western culture as we know it by  redefining it – by shaping the “acceptable” language people are allowed to use – and thereby dictating the parameters of cultural arguments.  And people with incredibly radical agendas have been exploiting this tactic for decades and it has succeeded.

Was George Orwell right in his 1984 first published in 1945 or was he right in his Animal Farm first published in 1949?  And the answer is that Orwell rightly understood that you have to have the ignorance of Animal Farm to get to the true tyranny of 1984.

This is how Cliffs Notes sums up Animal Farm:

Orwell‘s satire on equality, where all barnyard animals live free from their human masters’ tyranny. Inspired to rebel by Major, an old boar, animals on Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm embrace Animalism and stage a revolution to achieve an idealistic state of justice and progress. A power-hungry pig, Napoleon, becomes a totalitarian dictator who leads the Animal Farm into “All Animals Are Equal / But Some Are More Equal Than Others” oppression.

That’s where we are, sheople of America.

Democrats have incited a massive, profound hatred and bitterness to the so-called “white establishment.”  These tyrants have so much power, according to the leftist narrative, that even the mighty Obama, the divine messiah himself, has been unable to free the slaves.  And of course your Hillary Clintons and your Bernie Sanders have to pay lip homage to the Pharaoh god-king Obama while simultaneously irrationally claiming that the last eight years of suffering had nothing to do with Obama and his miserable policies; oh, no, they were inflicted on you by “Mr. Jones.”  And if you just give our power-mad government all the power in the world, we will pursue “economic justice” and thereby “achieve an idealistic state of justice and progress.”

Orwell realized that you cannot get to 1984 without a people stupid enough and wicked enough to buy the lie that enables Animal Farm.  First you must have a people willing to surrender their liberty so that a powerful State can give them whatever they promise in order to get to a slave state.

As Edward R. Murrow put the same idea, “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

And when a people gives themselves over to a giant government system, that people deserves to perish.

And so the Democrat Party is well on its way to its cherished goal of ushering in the Antichrist, the beast of the Book of Revelation.  They will NOT rest until every man and woman has been forced by the government to take the economic mark of the beast without which no one will be able to buy or sell.

So let’s consider the Democrat ruse on “living wages” otherwise known as the minimum wage hike.  Understand that I’ve written about this often enough before:

Teen Unemployment Another Proof Of How Desperately Wrong Obama, Democrat Policies Are And How Much They Hurt Little People

Miniumum Wage Increase Means Maximum Employment Decrease

The Party Of Genuine Evil And The Destruction Of America: In 39 States, Democrat Welfare Pays Better Than A Secretary’s Job

Realize That Obama Has ‘Fundamentally Transformed’ America Into A Failed Marxist State. Just Ask Poor People And Liberals

The Union Label Is Hypocrisy: Unions Hire Minimum Wage Non-Union Workers To Do Their Picketing For Them

Obama: Adding 11 Million Low-Skilled Illegal Immigants To America’s Dependency Roles Will Strengthen Middle Class Rather Than Depressing Wages

The Singularity Of ‘Solutions’ Proposed By Liberal Thinkers Is Only Surpassed By Their Abject HYPOCRISY

Democrats’ War On Poverty Has Been A War On America That Has Done NOTHING To Help The Poor

Obama’s ‘Hope and Change’ In Action: Poverty At Highest Number In 52 Years Census Bureau Has Tracked It

Inflation Back On The Table As Part Of Obama’s ‘Hope and Change’ Misery Buffet

It’s funny how Democrats invented a right to “privacy” in the Constitution that somehow ONLY applied to homosexual sex and abortion.  Why can’t people have a right to “privacy” when they hire someone to do a job?  What right does a government have to interfere with my business?  And on the flip side, why should I be barred from working for somebody if I want to work and I’m willing to do a job for the pay they are offering?

It is simply a FACT that when you artificially raise a wage and force every business to pay that wage regardless of what their employees are doing, or how much profit they actually contribute to a business, that many businesses will decide that job is simply no longer worth offering.  This is simply a fact of basic common sense: otherwise kindly explain to me why we don’t make the minimum wage $1,800 an hour (the hourly billing rate of the lawyer who hit the homerun for homosexual marriage)???  Why don’t we try that and find out how many people would have a damn job the next day.

So obviously it might be good for SOME people and it’s bad for many others.  And the left frankly doesn’t give a damn about those people who lose their jobs any more than they cared about the people who were victims of Obama’s health care law who found out that “If you like your plan, you’ll be able to keep your plan.  If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor” was a cynical lie.

Here’s a synonym for “minimum wage jobs”: ENTRY LEVEL jobs.  The idea is that you work, you develop experience, you prove you are capable of showing up and performing, and you leverage your job history toward increasingly better and better paying jobs.  In the past, at least before Obama got his roach hands into everything, it was mostly teenagers and young people who worked for minimum wage.  To the extent that Obama has made it harder than its ever been to get out of the minimum wage rung, the obvious answer is to repudiate Obama and Democrats rather than change the wage system.  It has always been in the interests of businesses to keep their good-performing people rather than see them go elsewhere; and offering better pay is one of those ways.  The ONLY people who want you to stay in the quagmire of minimum wage pay are DEMOCRATS.  And what Democrats do is force businesses to “spread the wealth” to the underperforming workers because I can’t give Wonderful William the raise he deserves because I was just just forced to give Lousy Lou and Terrible Tom a raise that they didn’t deserve.

The unions that bankroll the Democrat Party exemplify the Democrat mindset: whether you’re the best worker who ever worked or whether you’re the suckiest worker who ever conned his way into a job, you should get the same pay.  Democrats and their thug flunkies literally DEMAND that high-performing workers should NOT be able to get paid for their superior performance.  That’s something called a “documented fact.”  And that’s what’s going on here, rather than Democrats giving one miserable flying damn for good workers.

I loved this quote:

Everything we ever needed to know about collective unions we learned in Kindergarten. Why run around gathering up all the Easter Eggs – if they are just going to be reassembled in a big pile at the end of the hunt and equal amounts given to each ?

But that is precisely what is at the very heart of unions and wage control laws: the notion of forcibly redistributing good workers’ pay to lousy workers.

Then you add to that the problem that I explore further below where by forcing business to raise their wages across the board, they have no choice but to raise their prices.  So now everything cost more; and how did that actually help the worker who now gets to pay more for everything he or she purchases?

The hypocrisy on minimum wages on the part of the left is beyond appalling: liberals demand it, they impose it, and then they exempt themselves from it citing it would create an undue hardship on them to abide by what they force everybody else to abide by.  So you have unions that serve as the Democrat Party’s Brownshirt thugs exempting themselves from the minimum wages they are the stormtroopers in imposing:

Editorial L.A. labor leaders’ hypocrisy on minimum wage hike
By The Times Editorial Board
▼ Los Angeles labor leaders fought for a minimum wage hike; now they want to be exempt from it
▼ L.A. County Federation of Labor is being hypocritical in its stance on raising the minimum wage
May 29, 2015, 5:00 AM

No, employers with a unionized workforce should not be allowed to pay less than Los Angeles’ proposed minimum wage. It’s stunning that after leading the fight for a $15 citywide minimum wage and vehemently opposing efforts to exempt restaurant workers, nonprofits and small businesses from the full wage hike, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is now lobbying for an exemption for employers with union contracts. That’s right — labor leaders are advocating that an employer should have the right to pay union members less than the minimum wage.

This is hypocrisy at its worst, and it plays into the cynical view that the federation is more interested in unionizing companies and boosting its rolls of dues-paying members than in helping poor workers. Such an exemption would create an incentive for companies to allow unions in — but rather than helping workers, it would undermine the purpose of the minimum wage ordinance, which is to set a new, higher pay floor in order to help lift the greatest number of low-wage Angelenos out of poverty.

You have the Hollywood that gave nearly 20-to-1 to Obama over Romney in 2012 demanding and receiving tax credits from Democrats:

LA Times Op-Ed To keep ‘Hollywood’ in Hollywood, tax incentives are key

New Tax Credits Boost Filming In L.A. In Q3

And how about the liberal universities?  Consider what I wrote about the sick trend to skyrocket costs on poor students I ranted about in September 2014 right along with the above fascist liberal power-brokers:

This Labor Day, Demand Leftists Professors And Universities Have Their Salaries And Tuition Redistributed To Poor Working Students
September 1, 2014

I am so sick of the left.

On a daily basis, you have the left screaming for a higher and higher minimum wage, beyond what most businesses can afford to pay entry-level and unskilled workers.

The unions want it because they will then demand a wage hike for THEIR workers; after all, if that unskilled slob is now earning twice what he used to, surely that union worker ought to earn twice as much, too, right???

It doesn’t matter how much it hurts the little people who both struggle to run small businesses and struggle to find jobs as they are literally priced out of the market as it simply doesn’t pay to hire them anymore.

So I’m watching the television and there’s this leftist professor demanding higher minimum wages.

Let it come out of HER wages.  Because as a liberal professor, she represents THE most depraved money-hungry predator of ALL:

Between 2002 and 2012, prices for new textbooks rose 82%, while tuition and fees increased about 89% during that period, and overall consumer prices grew 28%, according to a 2013 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

That according to the Los Angeles Times dated TODAY.

Tuition is skyrocketing.  The cost of college textbooks is skyrocketing.  And who runs that vile system lock, stock and barrel?  Cockroach liberals who say “other people ought to be forced to pay more.”

THEY ought to be forced to pay more.

I propose college tuition and books be reduced at the expense of college/university faculty and staff.

I further propose that any “living wage” increase ought to come right out of the wages of union workers who want to force other people to get gouged to pay for.

Let’s call it the “If you want it, YOU effing pay for it!” law.

Has this trend stopped?  Has it even slowed down?  Hell NO:

Over the last 20 years, the average published price for a year of tuition and fees at a private four-year college has increased from $11,719 to $31,231, an increase of 166%, an increase two and a half times the 61% rise in the Consumer Price Index. Adjusting for inflation, the price of tuition and fees has escalated by 67% at four-year private colleges and by 60 percent at two-year public colleges. Reflecting decreased government funding, the price has more than doubled at four- year public colleges. (Trends in College Pricing 2014 p.16) During this same period, the median family income in the U.S., also adjusted for inflation, has increased 5.2% from $51,006 to $53,657, but it has actually declined by more than 7% since 1999 when it peaked at $57,843.

The implications are clear—list price has made a college education appear unattainable to an ever-increasing proportion of the population, as indicated by several recent studies.

If liberals had one shred of honesty or integrity in them, they would have long ago treated colleges and professors like oil companies and CEOs.  But of course they don’t have any decency in them.  So they keep rigging the system to hand colleges and universities more government money and the colleges and universities keep taking that money and jacking up tuitions and expenses.

And Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both loudly demanding we quadruple down on stupid.

Another word for “liberal” is FOOL.  Liberals are fools who keep going back to the same people who keep ripping us off and trusting them so that they’ll keep having better opportunities to rip us off even more.  Whether they turn to union thugs or university Marxists or Hollywood moguls, it’s the same damn mindset doing the same damn thing: pathologically greedy, dishonest hypocrites rigging the system for themselves at the expense of the poor who keep trusting them because they’re stupid, ignorant sheople who have been Pavlovian-trained to a particular flavor of racist, misandrist, ant-religious, anti-moral, fascist demagoguery.

And the left contemptuously knows that they keep coming back to that same Pavlovian formula.  No matter how many times it fails.

So we contemplate the minimum wages that unions fought fang and claw to impose and then absolved and exempted themselves from.

I just want you to consider what even the damn leftist Los Angels Times understands (even as they push for it).  All you have to do is read the full story:

Security guard Kenneth Lofton was among the workers who benefited last year when this East Bay city hiked its hourly minimum wage to nearly $15 for employees at large companies.

The jump was almost 50% more than what he used to make in nearby Oakland when he was paid $10 an hour. But it’s not enough for Lofton, 62, to move closer to work — he still has to commute nearly 20 miles from Hayward and back each day.

“It’s somewhat better, but not much,” Lofton said Tuesday morning while eating breakfast and manning the security gate at an Emeryville parking lot. “The high cost of living here takes a big bite out of whatever monetary increase you get, so it’s like not getting an increase at all.” [….]

A similar scenario played out in Emeryville, where some restaurants have increased prices to make up for the higher minimum wage.

On a Tuesday morning, hip cafe Farley’s is buzzing with young professionals from nearby companies. Despite its popularity, the eatery is still subject to the “razor thin” profit margins common in the food service industry, said co-owner Chris Hillyard.

After Emeryville’s wage increase, Hillyard said he had to increase the price of menu items by 5% to 20%. A roasted turkey and avocado sandwich that once cost $9 is now priced at $10. A latte went up 50 cents, to $4.

Hillyard also had to eliminate two positions from the cafe and end the cafe’s baking program. Farley’s now outsources its baking to a vendor.

“The council had good intentions when it increased the minimum wage, but that was one of the unintended consequences,” Hillyard said.

He said the additional wage hike this July will be difficult, as he’s still trying to navigate where his business is now. Farley’s has 12 employees.

“It’s going to be a challenge because we just raised prices,” Hillyard said. “At some point, we won’t be able to do that because there’s only so much people are willing to spend on a cup of coffee or a sandwich.”

So far, he said, customers haven’t minded the higher prices since they’re comparable to those in nearby Oakland and Berkeley.

Down the street from Farley’s, prices have also gone up at Los Moles, a popular Mexican restaurant.

Chef and owner Lito Saldana said he bumped up the price of every menu item by 10% to offset rising food and labor costs. Prior to the minimum wage increase, he said, Los Moles’ servers made $9 an hour, while kitchen staff averaged $13.50 to $14 an hour.

As costs have risen across the board, Saldana said the minimum wage increase hasn’t helped his employees.

“Even my employees who live in Oakland are saying it is now too expensive for them,” he said.

Seattle workers interviewed by the minimum wage study researchers said they were happy to get the higher wages. For some, it made a “fundamental difference in their quality of life,” said Vigdor, of the university.

At the same time, many workers said they were nervous about whether price increases would eat up their higher paychecks.

“The minimum wage, when it works well, is really a tool for transformational change in people’s lives,” Vigdor said. “And the worry is that it doesn’t always work well.”

The ONLY “successful” example the LA Times could find was a high-end restaurant owner (whose wealthy customers demonstrate how well-to-do they are by paying outrageous prices as a rule) who nevertheless said, “If I have to close some restaurants, so be it. If I have to restructure, so be it. I would rather pay a living wage.”  Versus the rest of the businesses who’d actually prefer to survive and be able to take care of their employees by continuing to provide them a JOB.

The minimum wage law has an incredibly sordid history, just as the progressive left that imposed it in the first place:

When California legislators voted to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, labor activists cheered. Discounting fears that a $15 minimum might cost some low-wage workers their jobs, activists and their political allies celebrated a victory for fairness and economic justice.

Progressive labor activists took a very different view 100 years ago, when 15 states established America’s first minimum wages. Labor reformers then believed that a legal minimum would hand a raise to deserving white Anglo-Saxon men, and a pink slip to their undeserving competitors: “racially undesirable” immigrants, the mentally and physically disabled, and women. The original progressives hailed minimum-wage-caused job losses among these groups as a positive benefit to the U.S. economy and to Anglo-Saxon racial integrity.

Two overarching characteristics have always been true of progressive activists: 1) they are genuinely evil people and 2) they have always believed in the raw, naked power of their God, the State, to impose their evil on the rest of the country.  Function has always followed form with the left.

Just so you understand what happens when liberals artificially drive up prices by fascist fiat, there’s another article the same day in the same issue of the LA Times.  It begins:

More rent-controlled buildings are being demolished to make way for pricier housing
By Ben Poston and Andrew Khouri•Contact Reporters
April 2, 2016, 3:00 AM

Looking to cash in on a booming real estate market, Los Angeles property owners are demolishing an increasing number of rent-controlled buildings to build pricey McMansions, condos and new rentals, leading to hundreds of evictions across the city.

More than 1,000 rent-controlled apartments were taken off the market last year — a nearly threefold increase since 2013, according to a Times analysis of housing data. Evictions from such units have doubled over the same time.

You jack up the wages by dictatorial fiat, YOU PAY MORE FOR EVERYTHING.

AND YOU SHOULD PAY MORE FOR EVERYTHING.

It’s just like the colleges and universities that liberals keep giving more billions of dollars to by jacking up the limits of “financial aid”: “Hey, stupid-ass student, you’ve got more borrowed money now, so we can jack up tuition even higher, can’t we?”

And so liberal bureaucrats in cahoots with the colleges say, “Oh, no!  We’d better increase the amount students can borrow.”

And so colleges raise their tuition again.  And then again.  And again and again.

The same vicious cycle has been going on for decades.  And stupid liberals never learn because YOU KNOW PEOPLE ARE STUPID BECAUSE THEY CAN’T LEARN EVEN AFTER THEY’VE MADE THE SAME STUPID MISTAKE FIFTY TIMES.

So here we are artificially jacking up wages.  And it might seem like a boon to those who KEEP their job (it’s not a boon to those who lose their jobs because the wages government liberals force them to pay does not justify that job any more), but it’s an ILLUSION: because the price of everything just got jacked up to pay for the artificial wage increase.

Meanwhile, landlords say, “Oh, you’re earning 50% more?  Well, well, well, I guess that means we can jack up your rent by that amount.”

But will they learn?  Nope.  They’ll just vote for even more Democrats who impose even worse crap until:

And I heard a voice from among the four living beings say, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s pay. And don’t waste the olive oil and wine.” — Revelation 6:6

But that comes after Democrats have already voted for the Antichrist and his mark of the beast where Democrats’ dream government finally seizes total control of the economic system.

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2 Responses to “Minimum Wage Gain, Maximum Poverty Pain”

  1. FMC Says:

    I had a conversation with a devout socialist who promoted the 15 dollar minimum wage, or living wage as he put it. I countered with would you pay 7.50 for a Big Mac, or do you mind paying more for just about everything. He replied that he didn’t mind as long as these people were paid fairly. I then said, so if the cost of everything goes up, then aren’t those making the “living wage” going to be paying a lot more for what they buy making their wage increase virtually meaningless. He then went on to say that these companies could afford to pay more without raising the price.

    Really, guys like this don’t really think about or care about the realities or unintended consequences of such legislation because it makes them feel good and makes them morally superior.

    At this point, I realized that this guy didn’t understand basic economics or the fact that companies big or small can’t afford this because of all regulations and crap that they have to burden because of this administration. I didn’t even go into the fact that many of these jobs would be lost. My only reply at this point was that they have tried this crap in certain liberal cities with very disappointing results and that this liberal idiot wants to make it a national tragedy.

    I encounter people like this almost daily and it is very discouraging. Part of me wants the collapse to come quickly and almost instantaneously to thoroughly, severely and brutally punish people like this, but those thoughts are not good and many good people will suffer with the bad. When the antichrist comes on the scene, idiots like this will lick his boots with zealous glee. Unfortunately, roach liberals and the whole lot will realize what utter fools they truly are when they are found prostrate and shaking at the Great White Throne Judgment.

    Anyway, great article ….. I think you pretty much nailed it.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Thanks, FMC.

    It really is amazing. I’ve literally got the power of the internet right on my phone. We have more information at our fingertips than every generation that ever lived combined times a trillion. And yet we are the most hopelessly ignorant and deceived people who ever existed.

    And the reason is very simple and was told to us in advance by the prophets and the apostles: “In the last days, perilous times shall come.” And we’re told of the EVIL that would characterize the people of the last days.

    We’re told about “the mystery of lawlessness” – how good, decent people would simply be amazed at the unabashed wickedness that would simply leave us stunned and powerless to do anything to stop – that would characterize the days before coming of the man of sin a.k.a. the Antichrist, a.k.a. the beast, a.k.a. the hope of every single Democrat.

    There is a passage in Revelation (13:10) that tell us what is coming as it says about believers during the Tribulation: “‘If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.’ This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.”

    As far as the world is concerned, Christians aren’t going to “win”; we’re going to LOSE and lose BIG. Because we are in the time of the mystery of lawlessness, and Democrats are pushing on every level imaginable for the way of the world. And the way of the world is stone cold EVIL.

    But the same God who told us in advance these days were coming also told us that our reward is with the One who died and then rose again. The world believes He died and mocks and hates Him. But those who love Him know what the world can’t know.

    When I was a teenager and first came to Christ, I had a powerful and I now believe prophetic sense that I would be one of God’s people in the very last days just before the Tribulation. I had a sense that it would be exciting. I was both incredibly right and incredibly wrong. WRONG in the sense that these last days are just as the last days for the prophets of Israel were, as they saw the judgment coming with crystal clarity but could do NOTHING to lead a people who had already been led astray by EVIL to righteousness. If you get focused on that it is so frustrating it is unreal.

    BUT if you just keep your eyes on the LORD you will see sign after sign of His presence and His prophecies coming to pass.

    That’s the secret for us both, FMC.

    Until then, keep fighting the good fight. God knows our hearts just as He knows the hearts of the stubborn people who won’t listen to us.

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