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Is Anybody Shocked that Higher Minimum Wage Mandates Are Resulting in Fewer Jobs?

While economists are famous for their disagreements (and their incompetent forecasts), there is universal consensus in the profession that demand curves slope downward. That may be meaningless jargon to non-economists, but it simply means that people buy less of something when it becomes more expensive. And this is why it makes no sense to impose […]

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The Immorality of Guaranteeing Minimum Standards of Living

I’ve had times over the years when I thought Erick Erickson was the greatest thing since canned beer, and I’ve had times when I swore he burned down the brewery. Life is like that, we don’t always agree, and we got where we are by different routes. But the other day he wrote about the […]

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Twin Cities DFL shafts Iron Range

Once again, the Twin Cities DFL shows its indifference towards the Iron Range’s blue collar workers. This post is the latest thumb in the Iron Range’s eye. ABM’s first paragraph starts by saying “Minnesota has seen many victories for working families this year. On August 1, the minimum wage increase that Governor Dayton and Democratic […]

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Fmr. McDonald’s USA CEO: $35K Robots Cheaper Than Hiring at $15 Per Hour

Well, of course, it is. That’s simple common sense, and government can try, but the market wins every time. Look I wrote about this a bit over two years ago, here, and if anything has changed, it’s not for the better. Here’s the takeaway quote for you: “I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday […]

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In One Cartoon Strip, Everything You Need to Know about the Minimum Wage

Every so often, I see visuals that do a great job of illustrating various economic principles. This Wizard-of-Id parody contains a lot of insight about labor economics. As does this Chuck Asay cartoon and this Robert Gorrell cartoon. If you want to understand Keynesian economics, this Scott Stantis cartoon is a gem, as is the house-on-fire image in this post. Regarding […]

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Reality Is Meaniepants

Pro Tip: Publicly criticizing your boss & bitching about your  entry level job is not likely to get you a promotion. The story: College graduate (majored in English Literature) aspires to be a big media professional, moves to a city with a very high cost of living & takes an entry level minimum wage job … Continue reading Reality Is Meaniepants

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Minimum Wage Mandates Help Workers…into the Unemployment Line

As you can see from this interview, I get rather frustrated by the minimum wage debate. I’m baffled that some people don’t realize that jobs won’t be created unless it’s profitable to create them. You would think the negative effects of a higher minimum wage in Seattle would be all the evidence that’s needed, but […]

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Hillary Clinton, corporate parasite

Hillary is getting desperate in rebuilding the Obama coalition. There’s no policy too stupid that Hillary won’t support if she thinks it’ll win a handful of votes. Check this out: Speaking by telephone, Clinton told the more than 1,300 fast food workers gathered at a convention in Detroit that every worker deserves a fair wage […]

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Blue collar America’s crisis

Salena Zito’s column highlights blue collar America’s crisis perfectly: A tugboat pushing nine loaded coal barges chugged up the Ohio River, toward the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. It eventually passed the McConway & Torley steel foundry along the Allegheny, likely headed for one of the few coal-fired power plants left in America. […]

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More Adventures in Statist Hypocrisy

It must be fun to be a leftist. You get to spend other people’s money. But that’s just for starters. Using the power of majoritarianism, you also get to tell the rest of the country what to do, how to behave, and even what to eat. Best of all, you can be a complete hypocrite. […]

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Minimum-Wage Laws Are a Triumph of Emotion over Logic

It’s very frustrating to write about the minimum wage. How often can you make the elementary observation, after all, that you’ll get more unemployment if you try to make businesses pay some workers more than they’re worth? But it’s my mission to promote economic liberty, so I’ve written on why government-mandated wages can create unemployment by making it […]

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DFL’s deception displayed

Since their foundation, the Alliance for a Better Minnesota has specialized in dishonesty. In fact, they’ve been one of the most dishonest political actors in Minnesota politics. Their latest ad is titled Impossible: Here’s the transcript of that ad: My kids and I lived on minimum wage. It was nearly impossible to get by. But […]

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DFL shovel-ready jobs

Former DFL legislators on Friday night’s Almanac Roundtable panel exemplified the best definition of DFL shovel-ready jobs. I’m betting they didn’t notice but Ember Reichgott-Junge and Mindy Greiling talked themselves into circles, thanks in large part to Amy Koch’s spot on analysis of the state of Minnesota’s economy. Sen. Koch rightly highlighted the fact that, […]

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Thin-skinned Dayton

Thin-skinned Mark Dayton is ticked off that a Stillwater restaurant has started charging a 35-cent minimum wage fee on its orders: Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s disappointed that some Minnesota restaurants are pushing costs of a minimum wage increase on their customers. Dayton told Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Edition Thursday that he thinks the decision […]

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Nolan vs. Mills, minimum wage edition

Rick Nolan must think he’s got a hot issue. From the start of this campaign, he’s railed that Stewart Mills doesn’t understand the voters in the Eighth District because he’s a “one-percenter.” This article says that Nolan is campaigning on the issue: Increasing the federal minimum wage is front and center in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional […]

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Deceitful liberal calls himself conservative

This LTE is mostly BS, starting with the first paragraph: Why I, a fiscal conservative, vote Democrat: Opposition to minimum wage: I believe that prior to passing the increase in the minimum wage, it was frozen for 10 years. This means that every year an employee stuck with a minimum-wage job, that person received a […]

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Minimum Wage

Last time I looked the Federal minimum wage was $7.25 an hour. In some localities it’s higher. Federally, the Democrats want to raise it to $10.10 and in Seattle they’d like to raise it to $15.00 and hour. You’re not going to do a decent job of raising a family on any of those numbers. […]

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Minimum Wage

Last time I looked the Federal minimum wage was $7.25 an hour. In some localities it’s higher. Federally, the Democrats want to raise it to $10.10 and in Seattle they’d like to raise it to $15.00 and hour. You’re not going to do a decent job of raising a family on any of those numbers. […]

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Video: Raising the Minimum Wage is a Bad Idea

New video for the FreedomWorks video series. #RealTalk On one of my pet issues: the minimum wage. Raising it is …

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