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  • A higher minimum wage doesn't reduce poverty, says… the federal government (Duh)

    12/31/2015 7:30:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot ^ | December 31, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    We reach the end of the year with yet another tale of crazy, one percenter wingnuts trying to claim that jacking up the minimum wage won’t do much to alleviate the issues facing the poorest Americans who the Democrats are seeking to help. This time the hateful claims are coming from… a study published by the federal government. Increasing the minimum wage is an inefficient way to reduce poverty, according to a Fed research paper that comes amid a national clamor to hike pay for workers at the low end of the salary scale.David Neumark, visiting scholar at the San...
  • Obama: Customers will accept paying more for higher minimum wage

    10/07/2015 4:40:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 95 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/7/15 | Sean Higgins
    President Obama said Wednesday that consumers would be OK paying higher prices if they knew it was the result of an increase in the national minimum wage. He argued that there was therefore no practical reason for anyone to oppose a hike. "I think that most of us are price-sensitive. We're not looking to over-pay. On the other hand, I'll bet that a lot of folks here, if they go to a restaurant, and they know that the people working there are making a living wage, the fact that they may be paying an extra dollar for a burger, would...
  • Irvine (CA) repeals living wage ordinance

    05/27/2015 4:58:11 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 4 replies
    OC Register ^ | 5/27/2015 | SARAH de CRESCENZO
    IRVINE The City Council late Tuesday voted 4-1 to repeal the citys living wage ordinance, which requires some contractors that do business with Irvine to pay its employees a slightly higher rate than the states $9 per hour minimum. The ordinance has been in place since 2007 when a 3-2 vote signed into law the requirement that companies that have contracts with the city worth at least $100,000 in a 12-month period pay more per hour.
  • Easy free solution to Baltimore's 8%+ and 37%+ unemployment rates:Increase their minimum wage

    05/01/2015 6:46:57 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 19 replies
    SOL (reference links in body) | 5/1/2015 | sickoflibs
    Some fun relevant facts: Maryland's unemployment rate is ~ 5.5% Baltimore unemployment rate is ~ 8.2 % Baltimore unemployment rate for young black men is ~ 37% %Source CNN Money Maryland's minimum wage is $8.25 per hour Baltimore's minimum (called living) wage is much higher : ~ $11.50 per hour.source baltimorebrew .com Yep, almost $12 per hour. Recall how we are lectured that outlawing these low paying entry level jobs will create better paying jobs, because they all get a raise which they spend. Yep, no HS degree, no work experience, probably an arrest record (try looting businesses) . Sure...
  • (Socialist) Councilmember Sawant tells judge shell represent herself at trial

    02/28/2015 4:54:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 2/19/15 | Natasha Chen
    SEATAC, Wash. Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant told a SeaTac municipal court judge Thursday that she will represent herself in an upcoming trial for disorderly conduct prompted by her arrest in November during a protest. On Nov. 19, Sawant and three others were arrested for not leaving a roadway during a protest against big airlines for not paying their workers a living wage. Of those arrested, Sawant, Socrates Bravo and John Helmiere appeared together before a judge for a pretrial hearing. A judge exonerated their bail amounts.
  • When Leftwing Economists Gruber and Krugman Practiced Economics

    02/05/2015 7:37:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | February 5, 2015 | Larry Elder
    resident Barack Obama, in his State of the Union speech, called for a minimum-wage hike and for government-mandated paid family and medical leave. "We are the only advanced country on Earth," said the President, "that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers." On the minimum wage, Obama issued this challenge: "And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, try it. If not, vote to give millions of the...
  • Would You Like Fries With Your Unemployment Check? 2 Comments

    09/08/2014 5:26:09 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 8, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Minimum Wage: Fast-food workers engage in a nationwide "Fight for 15" while ignoring the economic reality of higher prices, fewer jobs and the sawing off of that first rung on the economic ladder of success. In a scene repeated in various cities across the country last Thursday, roughly 50 people were arrested as they protested in front of two Chicago-area fast-food restaurants as part of the push for a $15-per-hour minimum wage for fast-food workers, what they call a "living wage." These protests, organized by the infamous purple shirts of the Service Employees International Union, simply ignore economic reality. It...
  • McDonalds Replacing Cashiers With Machines?

    08/09/2014 6:33:37 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 117 replies
    Copyright 2008-2014, Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:45pm | Kemberlee Kaye
    McDonalds employees who picketed for a better living wage (whatever that means) may come to regret that decision.... a McDonalds in Illinois replaced their cashiers with machines. The machines appear to be the cousins of the ones found in grocery stores, big box stores, and CVS that allow customers to complete transactions... This is all basic economics, really. As costs of labor increase the added cost must be offset. In order to satisfy operating costs, produce a product consumers want to purchase, and still turn a profit, its perfectly reasonable for a company like McDonalds to look for cost-cutting alternatives.......
  • What Cliven Bundy Knows About The Negro

    04/27/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Slate ^ | April 27, 2014 | By Jamelle Bouie
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is still a cause clbre for the right-wing, drawing praise from Tea Party activists, Republican politicians, and conservative media outlets. Kevin Williamson of National Review called him a dissident like Mohandas Gandhi or Henry David Thoreau, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller hailed him as a patriot, and Sean Hannity has praised him as somebody thats willing to fight. This was bad enough as an instance of conservative recklessness when Bundy was just a lawless rancher backed by armed militamen. Its even worse now that we know that Bundy is full of racist bones. Here he is, as...
  • If Walmart Paid Its Employees a Living Wage, How Much Would Prices Go Up? (video)

    04/09/2014 11:56:04 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 86 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 4, 2014 | Slate .Video
    In the series "The Secret Life of a Food Stamp," Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark traces how big-box stores make billions from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. What's more, the wages of many workers at these stores are so low that the workers themselves qualify for food stampswhich the employees then often spend at those big-box stores...
  • As politicians, bishops take sides, minimum wage raise winners, losers uncertain

    02/11/2014 1:57:54 PM PST · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 2/11/14 | Maria Wiering
    Laura Bailey said she used to make $60,000 a year in a government job. Now the 45-year-old makes about $15,600 working fulltime at a fast-food restaurant. A tragic series of events job loss, her husbands death, a serious illness sent the mother of two spiraling from a comfortable life in Crownsville to homelessness and joblessness. After countless attempts to find clerical work, Bailey took a position in the Arundel Mills outlet mall for $7.80 an hour. In her off-hours, shes been an advocate for raising the $7.25 minimum hourly wage, a proposal gaining momentum in the Maryland General...
  • Five takeaways from the bishops new statement on poverty

    01/20/2014 2:04:50 PM PST · by Welchie25 · 33 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 1/20/14 | Maria Wiering
    Marylands Catholic bishops released a joint statement Jan. 20 urging fair treatment of workers. The statement coincides with Poverty Awareness Month and the states legislative session, where increasing the minimum wage and mandating paid sick leave for low-wage workers are already in the spotlight. The bishops make clear they want Maryland to enact legislation promoting just compensation and a healthy work environment. While we hope one day the issue of raising the minimum wage will be addressed at the federal level, we cannot afford to wait in Maryland, they stated. Titled The Dignity of Work, the one-page statement was released...
  • In the real world, no liberal has ever bought a McDonalds franchise and paid the workers $15/hour

    08/02/2013 3:18:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 2, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog In the real world, no liberal has ever bought a McDonald’s franchise and paid the workers $15 an hour Recently, Huffington Post published an article about how easy it would supposedly be for McDonald’s to pay its’ employees $15 an hour. Soon afterward, they took the original article down, and replaced it with this article, which admits that the original article had been wrong.But I knew they were wrong before they admitted it. Having read the original article, one thing I noticed was that it wrongly assumed that the demand for McDonald’s food would not go...
  • McBudget an insult to those living in poverty

    07/28/2013 7:52:27 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 55 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 27, 2013 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    A few words about the McBudget. Perhaps youve heard of it. As fast food workers around the country protest for higher wages, we learn that McDonalds offers advice to help them live on the wages they make which, while not technically bupkes, do amount to a paycheck you can pretty much have the driver cash for you on the bus ride home. In December, for example, Bloomberg profiled a Chicago man who, after 20 years with the burger giant, earns $8.25 an hour and doesnt get 40 hours a week. This, as McDonalds CEO Don Thompson pulled down, according...
  • Washington's War On Wal-Mart Will Only Hurt The Poor

    07/10/2013 4:44:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies ^ | July 10, 2013 | Editorial
    Leadership: If Washington, D.C.'s local politicians have their way, three new Wal-Marts planned for the troubled city will not be built. Oh boy! Just what the capital's struggling residents need: fewer jobs and higher prices. ngaclThe extraordinarily unwise politicians who run the nation's capital have decided to pass a law that would require so-called "big box" retailers Wal-Mart, in other words to pay their workers a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour. Wal-Mart employees nationwide average just under $9 an hour. Wal-Mart is already building three stores in D.C., and has plans for three more. But...
  • Social Justice According to Pius XI

    01/01/2013 2:03:44 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    hprweb ^ | DECEMBER 26, 2012 | THOMAS STORCK
    The term “social justice”… is the key term and concept of Catholic social teaching … with all the other aspects of the Church’s social doctrine—the principle of subsidiarity, the just wage or the right to private property—are related to, and rely, on the existence of social justice. The term “social justice,” though common enough today, is little understood by most of those who use it—whether they consider themselves friends and practitioners of social justice, or they regard it as a suspect term of probably socialist origin. But the term does have a precise meaning. That meaning and the significance of...
  • Can Increasing the Minimum Wage Boost GDP?

    12/07/2011 8:08:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 7, 2011 | Political Calculations
    Does increasing the minimum wage increase GDP? Bloggingstocks' Joseph Lazaro outlined the theory that it might back on 1 August 2009, shortly after the U.S. federal minimum wage reached its current level of $7.25 per hour (emphasis ours): ... the U.S. Federal Reserve will be monitoring prices and costs to see if the higher minimum wage is creating inflation havoc at a time when U.S. businesses least need another concern to deal with. Businesses have enough to worry about; and some are struggling just to maintain operations for another quarter or two -- the recession has been that damaging. But...
  • Chicago considers requiring 'Living wage' for retailers at airports

    10/06/2011 8:58:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Oct 6, 2011 | Fran Spielman
    Chicago considers requiring 'Living wage' for retailers at airports Posted: October 6th, 2011 10:10 AM CDT FRAN SPIELMAN. City Hall Reporter. fspielman@suntimes.comChicago Sun-Times O'Hare and Midway Airport retailers would be required to pay their 1,500 employees a "living wage" of $11.18-an-hour - even if it means raising the sky-high prices they charge their captive audience of air travelers - under a plan that's gaining political steam. During a rally before Wednesday's City Council meeting, 18 aldermen stood shoulder-to-shoulder with members of Unite Here Local 1 to support an ordinance timed to coincide with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's concession makeover at both...
  • The Conscience of Kansas- 50 most Dangerous Liberals

    01/31/2011 2:10:57 PM PST · by 1pitech · 6 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 01-28-11 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    In this epsiode of the Conscience of Kansas radio program I do follow up on the Pima County Sheriff recall election. I give the list of the 50 most dangerous liberals as listed by I talk in detail about the Living Wage Proposal for the city of Manhattan Kansas and why it is a bad idea and so much more. We invite you to listen and comment!
  • Economics 101: Minimum Wage and Living Wage

    08/18/2010 2:15:36 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Rancor News ^ | June 20th, 2010 | Tyson Bam
    Economics 101: Minimum Wage and Living Wage Being the kind compassionate souls we Americans are, we often get tricked into believing things because we want them to be true. Wages, jobs, and poverty are often passionately debated and exceptionally prone to hopeful misinformation and logical fallacies. Minimum wage and the idea of a living wage are examples of just that. They sound good and helpful but in practice they do more bad than good. They displace jobs and discourage hiring, cause increases in price levels, and they don't help the majority actually raise their quality of life. If this all...