I'm trying to wrap my mind around what our tax master-in-chief is cooking in his economic cauldron. Is he trying to bring folks out of poverty or send our employers there?
President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that we must raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour so we have a "wage you can live on." Really?
I was about 11 years old when I got my first job, besides my chores at home, sweeping the parking lot at the Dairy Queen. Nine years later I had developed people skills, made ice cream sundaes, flipped burgers, stocked shelves and sold women's shoes. None of those jobs paid a living wage but they did provide me with experience and the luxury of some youthful pleasures. Those experiences served me well in my working life. Here's our government's path to success:
First, our government demands that all employers must pay a certain wage for the lowliest job. That wage must be a "wage you can live on." Huh? Just who is this minimum wage supposed to be helping? An 11 year-old or a dipstick with kids who didn't show up for school? I'm very suspicious.
Who is suddenly dropping into the workforce in need of a living wage? Where have they been? Maybe, just maybe, the government is gearing up to support 12 million illegal 'immigrants' who are 40 years old with five kids and no skills. Now they would need a living wage and as usual, the government demands the private sector pay it.
Let's look at the other side of this coin. In 1964 "Landslide" Lyndon Johnson declared War on Poverty. This tear-jerking legislation was opposed by a majority of Republicans but passed and became the newest legislation to give poverty stricken folks a "fair shake." Back in 1964 people in poverty didn't have shoes or a proverbial pot but thanks to more than 12 trillion taxpayer dollars later and a governmental redefinition of 'poverty,' they have flat-screen TVs, Nikes and cell phones. Sounds like our War on Poverty is a pretty good shake for the poor. And for them, it's free. Which sounds better: Hangin' with your bros, gang-bangin', havin' kids with multiple women and getting that government check or sweeping a parking lot for $7.25 and hour?
The twisted rationale of sociocrats is that an employer who doesn't pay a "living wage" to all workers is exploiting some workers. It not only smacks of government control of business but it is in direct conflict to the American principle of free enterprise.
But wait, taxpayers are supplying $952 billion annually for the War on Poverty. That's $61,830 for every poor family with three kids. Actually, that's misleading because much of the money stays in the pockets of the bureaucracy.
"No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages, I mean more than a bare subsistence level -- I mean the wages of decent living." Guess who. None other than the presidential father of American Socialism, Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933.
Just how does this all work? The government takes money from working folks, pads their own pocket, gives some to those not working, (to appear benevolent and get the votes), to raise families who depend on the government, who in turn demand more from the government which takes more from those who work.
Where exactly is the government "investment" in all this? Increased demand against employer's bottom line will result in fewer hours for employees and fewer jobs. When your employer allows only five hours a day, $9 won't be "a living wage." Another result will be more people needing health care. Oh, now I understand the need for socialized medicine. Government created problems with a government created solution at the expense of people working hard for their American dream.
Government mandated wages, which do not include one cent of "government" money, reduces an employer's ability to grow, prosper or even exist. It will however, for a short time, increase government revenue. Good-bye American dream for both sides.
Barack Hussein Obama pledged to change America. Only the blind cannot see the massive infusion of Socialism, except cheering socialists. The rest of you can go back to sleep. Baa, baa, baa.