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(Video) 1948 cartoon: “Make Mine Freedom!”

Posted by: Phineas on July 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Here’s a neat animated short from almost 70 years ago that does a darned good job showing the differences between a society based on individual liberty and the free market, on the one hand, and those based on statism (Socialism, Communism, and Fascism) on the other. It makes good use of humor […]

 

#RaiseTheWage: Seattle businesses push back against minimum wage increase

Posted by: Phineas on July 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Rick Moran at PJMedia has an article up about an effort on the part of Seattle business owners to get a measure on the ballot that would roll back the city’s recently passed $15 per hour minimum wage to a more “reasonable” $12.50. You can go there to get the details (there […]

 

It begins: SeaTac businesses add “living wage surcharge” to cover minimum wage

Posted by: Phineas on June 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm » Comments Off

**Posted by Phineas When discussing Seattle’s new, progressive –FAIR!!– $15 per hour minimum wage, I wrote that business owners had just a few choices in response: Critics, on the other hand (and including your humble correspondent), argue that the laws of economics cannot be repealed by legislative fiat: raise the cost of labor, and businesses […]

 

California Senate passes $13 minimum wage, jobs flee in terror

Posted by: Phineas on June 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm » 8 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Perhaps they didn’t want to be left behind by their progressive friends in Seattle, but the California State Senate last Wednesday passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2017. From the legislative analyst’s summary: SB 935, as amended, Leno. Minimum wage: annual adjustment. Existing law […]

 

Seattle: $15 minimum wage already costing jobs

Posted by: Phineas on May 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas And it’s not even in effect, yet. But, it’s not surprising. Business managers have to plan for the future, and a looming huge increase in their labor cost will force many to rethink how they do business in Seattle, if they continue to do business there at all. Writing for the free-market […]

 

The racist origins of the minimum wage

Posted by: Phineas on May 20, 2014 at 5:55 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas I came across an interesting blog post from a few weeks ago while trolling the news this morning for something interesting. Now, we all know about the racist history of the Democratic Party: the defense of slavery, even inciting a civil war to preserve it; the creation of terrorist organizations, such as […]

 

Obama minimum wage edict leads to job losses at military bases

Posted by: Phineas on April 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Democrats and their Leftist allies are desperate to find any issue to run on in the coming elections, other than Obamacare. One of their tactics has been to try to gin up class warfare based on raising the minimum wage. They argue that it will help the poor, raise living standards, and, […]

 

#Obamacare: more proof that liberals don’t “get” economics

Posted by: Phineas on April 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Sometimes I think one of the greatest acts of charity I could perform would be to buy progressives each a copy of Thomas Sowell’s “Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy,” because they clearly were not paying attention in high school or college: The practice of offering relatively inexpensive health […]

 

Ted Cruz explains #Obamacare’s success in one graphic

Posted by: Phineas on April 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas With the recent announcement of more than seven million sign-ups for Obamacare, the administration and its supporters have been running around shouting “Success! SUCCESS!!”, as if an enrollment figure means that the implementation of the law itself, with its myriad problems (for example) (1), will be just a matter of working “the […]

 

#Obamacare to cost employers more than $5,000 per employee

Posted by: Phineas on April 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas The American Health Policy Institute did something unusual: rather than estimate the effects of Obamacare from the outside, they went to 100 large employers and asked the directly what their expected costs would be over the next ten years. The results were eye-opening — and disturbing: Obamacare will cost large companies between […]