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We TOLD you … again and again and again!

Liberals are trying to process the fact that increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour has reduced both earnings and the number of jobs.

MINIMUM WAGE McD's machines

Jill Filipovic, a New York attorney, journalist and a liberal/progressive feminist author, tweeted:

Seattle’s minimum wage hike (which I thought was a great idea) may actually have cost low-wage workers.

Tweeters did not hesitate to sneer:

  • If only someone out there who understood economics had predicted this result… oh wait.
  • If only there was a 250 year old empirical social science that could have predicted this astonishing result.
  • This was all covered in the entry level economics course.
  • We told you and told you and told you.
  • Everyone but liberals like you predicted this.

As could be expected, Jill hasn’t learned a damn thing. Her follow up tweets:

The takeaway here should not be, “don’t raise the minimum wage.” It should be continued study of wage policies that optimize worker gains.

And should also be a look at broader policy packages, of which an increased min wage is just one part, to decrease poverty & inequality.

You can lead a liberal to knowledge

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HYPOCRISY ALERT: Bernie Sanders

2015_11 10 Hypocrisy Sanders intern wage

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Raising minimum wage is a BAD idea

Seattle is the first major city to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour. Why unskilled workers should be earning that kind of money is beyond me.

Minimum Wage comparison

In Seattle, the increase has already resulted in the loss of 12 minimum wage jobs, plus the loss of livelihood for the local, female owner.

She has tried to make the higher cost of labor work. “I’ve let one person go since April 1, I’ve cut hours since April 1, I’ve taken them myself because I don’t pay myself. I’ve also raised my prices a little bit.”

It’s not working. You just cannot run a business at a loss month after month, so the neighborhood will soon be missing its pizzeria and 13 people will be looking for work in an already depressed job market.

If raising minimum wage is allegedly about compassion, then where’s the compassion for these people? Not to mention that we knew it would happen.

Minimum wage jobs loss

Note: If you’ve encountered claims that minimum wage hikes are neutral or good for the economy, please read the Forbes article below.  It goes over the research and exposes the debunked studies these claims are based on.

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This is Democrat Economics

Hillary Clinton: Corporations and Businesses Don’t Create Jobs [1:04]

The Record is Clear: Minimum Wage Hikes Destroy Jobs
“The case in favor of a higher minimum wage is built on a bewildering number of misleading statistics and straight-up falsehoods.” Minimum wage hikes not only cause job loses, but also do nothing to reduce poverty. http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/04/17/the-record-is-clear-minimum-wage-hikes-destroy-jobs/

To her credit, Hillary is partly right about her last statement.

2014_10 25 Some corps don't create jobs

It’s hardly the first time Hillary has lied with a big sneer … as if looking down her nose makes her lies less untrue.

Hillary Clinton In 2007: If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan [:24]

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Left vs Right in Simple Terms

Last month at the left-wingnuts’ Netroots conference, Sen. Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren (D-MA) issued Eleven Progressive Commandments.

This week, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) issued the Conservative Response.

2014_08 Warren v Palin commandments

1. Elizabeth Warren: “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

Sarah Palin’s response: “We believe that Washington, D.C. needs to take less of our money. It needs more scrutiny, fewer bureaucrats, and it needs a reminder of the principles laid down in the Constitution that our leaders swear to defend. Furthermore, we believe crony capitalism is infecting both sides of the aisle in D.C. We’re working really hard to root it out of our party. Senator Warren, what are you doing to root it out of yours?”

2. Warren: “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

Palin’s response: “We believe in science and God’s magnificent creation overflowing with natural resources. That means we have a responsibility to honor Him by protecting the earth as we develop our resources in an environmentally sound way for mankind’s use.”

3. Warren: “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

Palin’s response: “We believe the Internet shouldn’t be censored by the world’s tyrants. That means President Obama should reverse his disastrous decision to hand over control of Internet domain names to the U.N., where it will come under the thumb of authoritarian regimes like Russia and China.”

4. Warren: “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

Palin’s response: “We believe in lifting Americans out of poverty and into sustainable jobs. That means government needs to butt out of employer-employee pay issues. And quit over-regulating business and increasing taxes. It drives up operating costs — that’s what affects wages.”

5. Warren: “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

Palin’s response: “We believe … wait, I thought fast food joints … don’t you guys think that they are of the devil or something?  Liberals, I thought you wanted to send those evil employees who would dare work at a fast food joint to purgatory or something until they all go vegan?! Wages and picket lines, I dunno, they’re not often discussed in purgatory, are they?

“We believe in America where minimum-wage jobs are not lifetime gigs. They are stepping stones to a good job with sustainable wages. It teaches work ethic. We believe in helping Americans climb the economic ladder, not get stuck on the first rung. A strong economy with good-paying jobs comes from free enterprise, not from a top-down, bloated, big-government, command-and-control economy.”

6. Warren: “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

Palin’s response: “We believe that students learn to not make decisions that result in a lot of debt. And we believe that schools need to be more accountable for the insane increase in tuition.  …  It’s no accident, Elizabeth, that the rise in tuition corresponds with the rise in government intervention. More government isn’t the answer.”

7. Warren: “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

Palin’s response: “We believe a pension is a promise. It must be honored. We do that by using common sense and prioritizing budgets that once and for all will end waste and fraud and the crony capitalism and the stupid political decisions that are bankrupting our nation. We believe that in order to keep faith with future generations and fulfill our current commitments to our seniors, we must enact sensible entitlement reform.”

8. Warren: “We believe — I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014 — we believe in equal pay for equal work.”

Palin’s response: “We believe — I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014 — we believe in equal pay for equal work. And President Barack Obama should abandon his hypocritical practice of paying women less than men in his campaigns, in his administration, and in the White House.”

9. Warren: “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

Palin’s response: “We believe that all men and women are created equal. They claim that we are not tolerant? Well, we believe that tolerance goes both ways. That means respecting people’s right to disagree with you, instead of trying to intimidate or silence us. We believe the answer to free speech that you find offensive is more free speech, not less.”

10. Warren: “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

Palin’s response: “We believe that legal immigration helped make this country strong and vibrant. And that means welcoming law-abiding, hard-working immigrants who wish to come here legally and pledge their allegiance to the United States of America. Furthermore, we believe, as none other than Cesar Chavez believed, that illegal immigration hurts the country. It unfairly hurts working-class Americans of all races, all backgrounds who are seeking good-paying jobs, security for their families.”

11. Warren: “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

Palin’s response: “We believe women have a right to their bodies, just as babies have a right to their living, breathing bodies nestled in a mother’s womb. And anyone who wants contraception, more power to you. Continue to freely buy any kind you want, no one is stopping you. We’ll fight for the right of private businesses, including Hobby Lobby, to work with you to figure out health-care coverage themselves in any way the owners of these businesses (that they built themselves) want to, knowing that government intervention just always screws everything up.

“Furthermore, we believe that religious liberty is enshrined in our Constitution, remember?  The government has no right to coerce people to violate their religious beliefs. And if they try to take any of our Constitutional rights away, we will fight for them.”

Palin had “one final thought for Sen. Warren and her would-be progressive populists.”

“We conservatives believe, as Ronald Reagan said, that you can’t be for big taxes, big government, big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy. We stand with the little guy, who is being bullied and beaten down by the progressive left’s failed policies of yours, Elizabeth Warren.  We stand for free men and free markets — the twin ideals that made this nation strong, peaceful, and prosperous. We say, God Bless America. We hope you say the same, Senator Warren.”

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Commandments
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/07/Sarah-Palin-Gives-Conservative-Response-To-Elizabeth-Warren-s-Progressive-Commandments

Fauxcahontas
http://humanevents.com/2012/09/04/native-american-delegates-ask-fauxcahontas-to-explain-herself/

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Wreaking havoc from sea to shining sea

Bush vs Obama vacay costs

Obama and his cronies have gotten richer, but the people who most strongly supported Obama and his ‘crats — Blacks — have gotten poorer.

  • The unemployment rate for Blacks is DOUBLE the national average.
  • The labor force participation rate for Blacks is at its lowest since December of 1977.
  • The labor force rate for Black MALES is at its lowest ever.

No Obama sticker

The so-called “Dream Act” is another of those Obamacrat moves that is resulting in real harm to our most vulnerable citizens. In order to provide college assistance to illegal aliens, Florida is being forced to take that aid away from legal citizens.

Planners estimate that approximately 5,000 illegal aliens will qualify under the federally-mandated, state-funded program and that about that same number of legal citizen students will be deprived of tuition assistance they would have otherwise received.

Obama USS Barack Obama

President Obama issued one of his “I can do whatever I want” executive orders in February to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

Nursing homes that receive subsidized care from the Veterans Administration have two choices: raise their minimum wage workers nearly $3 per hour each OR throw their military veterans out on the streets.

At least one nursing home company has done the math and figured out the additional labor expenses are impossible. They have no choice but to go with door number two.

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What we wish our leaders cared about

January 22, 2014: Quinnipiac Poll

What do you think should be the top priority for President Obama and Congress in 2014?

(Note: This was an open-ended question, not a multiple choice question.)

The SINGLE BIGGEST RESPONSE: 18% responded “Healthcare”

Here are the responses as grouped and ranked by CtH:

48% = Economy worries and stuff the Feds are supposed to do (combined)

  • 16% Jobs/Unemployment
  • 15% Economy(General)
  • 12% Budget and Taxes (combined)
    • 4% Budget(General)
    • 3% Budget deficit
    • 2% Budget(Gov spending)
    • 1% Budget (Other)
    • 1% Taxes(General)
    • 1% Military Issues/Benefits
  • 2% Foreign Policy
  • 2% Immigration Issues
  • 1% Obama resign

36% = Social engineering stuff the Feds are NOT supposed to do (combined)

  • 18% Healthcare
  • 2% Education (General)
  • 1% Wages/Minimum Wage
  • 1% Income inequality
  • 1% Class inequality
  • 1% Social Issues/Social Services
  • 1% Gun Issues/Policy/Control
  • 1% Environment

24% = People who don’t pay enough attention to answer intelligently (combined)

  • 10% Other (less than 1% each)
  • 9% Don’t Know / No Answer
  • 4% Bipartisan/Cross party lines/ Coop to get things done
  • 1% Candidate cares about people

January 27, 2014: Pew Opinion Poll

Which of the following should Congress and the President make a top priority?

Note: This was NOT an open-ended question. Percents given were for those who says YES to top priority.

The SINGLE BIGGEST RESPONSE: 80% Strengthening the Economy

Issues more or less evenly split Republican vs. Democrat:

  • 80% Strengthening nation’s economy
  • 74% Improving job situation
  • 73% Defending against terrorism
  • 69% Improving education
  • 66% Securing Social Security
  • 63% Reducing budget deficit
  • 61% Securing Medicare
  • 59% Reducing health care costs
  • 55% Reducing crime
  • 55% Reforming the nation’s tax system
  • 45% Dealing with nation’s energy problem
  • 42% Reducing the influence of lobbyists
  • 41% Dealing with illegal immigration
  • 39% Improving infrastructure
  • 28% Dealing with global trade

Issues predominantly Democrat:

  • 49% Helping poor and needy
  • 49% Protecting environment
  • 29% Dealing with global warming

Issues predominantly Republican:

  • 43% Strengthening the military
  • 39% Dealing with moral breakdown

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History. Learn some.

2014_02 28 BHO says Reagan in Congress

And as long as we’re spinning “what minimum wage was worth” comparisons …

1938-2012 Minimum Wage - Buying Power 1938 Reagan 2012

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http://twitchy.com/2014/02/28/when-reagan-was-in-congress-democratic-party-fails-history-101/

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Increasing minimum wage is a BAD idea

Check out the ABSURD tweet Barack sent out:

2013_12 04 BHO's absurd min wage tweet

I can only conclude the man has been sniffing unicorn farts (or dipping into blow again), because there is no sense whatsoever in his assumption that an increase in minimum wage will lead to increases in the Gross Domestic Product or jobs.

Common sense tells us the exact opposite.

Let’s say that my business can currently afford 10 workers at $7 per hour. If the minimum wage is increased to $10 per hour, I can now only afford 7 workers.

RESULT: Increasing minimum wage > Loss of jobs

My now-seven workers can’t produce as much, so I have to raise my prices just to stay in business. These price increases happen everywhere, because the minimum wage increase happens everywhere.

RESULT: Increasing minimum wage > Inflation

Higher prices everywhere mean the new minimum wage loses its buying power.

RESULT: Those who got higher wages lose the benefit of them.

Historical evidence proves that increasing minimum wage damages the jobs market.

I compared the seven most recent increases in minimum wage with percent employed. In NO case did it BOOST jobs as Obama claims in his absurd tweet.

Where the economy was slow, the minimum wage increase was followed by job losses.

1990_04 Mini wage up, jobs down

1991_04 Mini wage up, jobs down

2007_07 Mini wage up, jobs down

2008_07 Mini wage up, jobs down

2009_07 Mini wage up, jobs down

Where the economy was growing, the minimum wage increase was followed by slowing or stalling of growth.

1996_10 Mini Wage up, jobs stalled

1997_09 Mini wage up, jobs stalled

Not only is raising minimum wage bad for the economy, but it’s also bad for the people that Democrats claim it will help. Unfortunately, good intentions do not economic realities make.

Multiple studies prove that increasing minimum wage tends to eliminate jobs for the youngest and least skilled workers. Studies also find that higher minimum wages have no impact on poverty rates.

There’s one other reason I can think of to NOT raise the minimum wage now.

At $7.25, it is higher than the historical average of $6.60 (in inflation-adjusted 2013 dollars).

2013_06 Minimum wage 1947 to Present in 2013 dollars

In the graph above, the peaks are where the feds increased minimum wage. Note that each peak is followed by a sharp downward slope. This represents the rapid loss of buying power the dollars have because of the inflation that an increase in minimum wage always causes.

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H/t: itooktheredpill

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