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Quote of the Day: Gov. Jerry Brown explains rationale for min. wage increase

Posted by: ST on April 5, 2016 at 9:25 am » 6 Comments

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) made a candid admission yesterday in an effort to justify his signing into law a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour: “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense,” the governor said. “But morally and socially and politically they make every sense, because it binds the […]

 

California: SEIU demands increase in minimum wage, jobs be damned

Posted by: Phineas on April 16, 2015 at 6:21 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Fresno is fifth-largest city in California, the largest that’s not on the coast, and the largest in the Central Valley, that agricultural cornucopia that’s being destroyed by drought and environmentalist idiocies. But don’t get me started on that. Anyway, just by its position and population Fresno is important to the state’s economy, […]

 

San Francisco raises minimum wage, kills beloved local bookstore, residents shocked

Posted by: Phineas on February 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm » 8 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Call it a “teachable moment?” Due to the new increased minimum wage law in San Francisco, a beloved bookstore and mainstay of the Mission District has been forced to close its doors for good. The minimum wage for San Francisco workers, currently at $11.05 an hour, soars to $15 an hour in […]

 

Thanks to progressivism, we’ve lost the “War on Poverty”

Posted by: Phineas on August 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas The War on Poverty was launched in 1964 under Lyndon Johnson with the best of intentions: through massive spending and extensive welfare programs, the government would eradicate poverty in America and make people self-sufficient. Like I said, a worthy goal. It has also been an utter failure. In 1964 we declared war on […]

 

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

**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 […]