Skip to comments.But It Sounds Good: Democrat Economic Rhetoric And America’s Critical Thinking Deficit
Posted on 03/30/2014 7:21:57 AM PDT by Kaslin
How can the United States of America jump-start job creation? Obviously theres nobody better to answer that question than a politician whos been on the U.S. government payroll for nearly half a century and has never owned or operated a business Vice President Joe Biden.
Theres no reason in the world why an American working 40 hours a week has to live in poverty Biden stated as he began his stint filling-in for President Obama with the recent Presidents Weekly Address to the nation. Right now a worker earning the federal minimum wage makes about $14,500 a year. And you all know that's incredibly hard for an individual to live on, let alone raise a family on he stated.
Biden was again- promoting the Democrat partys 2014 midterm election theme of raising the federal minimum wage requirement. If we raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, that same worker will be making $20,200 a yearand with existing tax credits would earn enough to bring that family or a family of four out of poverty he claimed.
The Obama-Biden legislative agenda is going nowhere in Congress, at least not right now. Consequently, its easy to dismiss Bidens rhetoric as nothing more than that mere words to push a political agenda and not much more.
Yet Americas existing fiscal and economic policy has over the past several years been driven by this same kind of mere rhetoric. Biden may lack President Obamas charisma when pleading the case for a policy initiative, but our nations current economic crisis has been caused in no small part by an electorate that heard the Presidents charming words about more plentiful, less expensive healthcare, and believed him.
So before you dismiss the rhetoric about the magic of minimum wage laws, try some critical analysis of what the Vice President said, and consider the veracity of his claims. To start, consider this line: theres no reason in the world why an American working 40 hours a week has to live in poverty.
On the surface its difficult to disagree with that statement, but consider its implications. For one, it begs the question what is poverty anway? (Ill get to that in a moment). Additionally, it presupposes that one is entitled to something on the order of middle class status simply because one puts in 40 hours a week working at some job. That is, this statement of Bidens ignores the fact that peoples contributions to the economy vary according to their capacities, their skills, and the expectations placed upon them and with these variables comes a variance in the wage one earns.
This harsh reality implies that, yes, one can work really hard even 40 hours a week and still not earn enough money to live at the comfort level they desire. But Americans have been facing this dilemma in a variety of ways since the earliest days of our nations founding.
Even today there are Americans who are choosing to work more than 40 hours a week, working multiple jobs, and making sacrifices to increase their education and skill levels as a means of surviving the Obama economy, rather than following the Democrat partys ways of protesting, organizing, demonstrating, demanding, and signing up (for taxpayer-funded benefits). Such independence doesnt serve the interests of any politician who prefers to be a nanny rather than a statesman, but it is nonetheless the type of initiative and resolve that sustains an economy, and a civil society.
And what of this issue of poverty? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has its own complex and circuitous mathematical formula for defining who lives below the poverty line, a formula that varies on a region-by-region basis. But this we know to be mostly true nationwide: our federal government, along with the departments of health and welfare among the states, to one degree or another regard a person without a mobile telephone to be living in poverty.
In recent years it has garnered attention as the Obamaphone program, but in fact the federal telephone subsidy program has a history that dates back over half a century. Today, when one goes to their state department of health and welfare to sign up for the federal Food Stamps or Medicaid programs (both are federal programs administered by state health and welfare systems), most states automatically enroll that individual in the free phone program as well (why would anybody aspire to a higher wage for that matter, why would anybody want to work if phones, food and healthcare are available for free?).
Will Americans continue to empower politicians who implement policies based on feel-good yet illogical rhetoric? Free people throughout the industrialized world places like Canada, New Zealand, India, Australia, Germany, France and the U.K. have begun voting-in governments that encourage work and wealth creation, rather than offering hand-outs and driving up debt.
Americans can make this choice or we can continue voting for our nations demise. Novembers election should give an indication of whether or not we, the people, are seeing beyond the empty rhetoric.
Slow Joe could just propose a Shotgun Start on job creation.
Dear Mr. Biden, the man must be worth that $20,000+. If his work is not worth that much...then he will not work.
Oh wait...that sounds oddly familiar:
It is much better to enact a minimum-wage law even if it deprives these unfortunates of work better that the state should support the inefficient wholly and prevent the multiplication of the breed than subsidize incompetence and unthrift, enabling them to bring forth more of their kind. - Royal Meeker, U.S. Commissioner of Labor, under Woodrow Wilson
Stop paying people more in feral gov. handouts for not working than they can earn by actually finding job and working.