Life is too short to listen to the Leader’s “State of the Union” infomercial, but I did catch a headline the day after. I looked up the transcript and here is the relevant excerpt:
“We know our economy’s stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, 19 states have chosen to bump theirs even higher. Tonight, let’s declare that, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty — and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.”
One of the big recent improvements in my household economy has been my oldest son’s minimum-wage job–his first. He is making enough money to pay for his own car insurance and even pay his own gas. Additionally, having his own money means he tends to often buy other items we used to have to pay for, and help out in other ways. Frankly, we are in a much better place now than we were when he was younger, thanks to his income and his work ethic.
I have another son who might be in the same position in a year, and a daughter who I have reason to hope won’t be too far behind. Our expectations have been improved lately, thanks to them.
The President has announced he is going to use the power of the Federal government to make my son unemployed, and to prevent any of my children from finding a job.
If you don’t understand that is exactly what the President said, and was applauded for saying, then you are stupid or ignorant or deluded by some ideology. There is no other possible consequence. If the Federal Government makes it more expensive to hire workers then fewer workers will be hired.
So why did Obama’s controllers have him make this pledge? Hopefully they were just filling up time with false promises that they knew were typically appreciated by the under- or mis-educated. Hopefully, we’re not going to see a sudden bump in unemployment among the poorest and youngest Americans. Hopefully, we’re not going to see every other fast food restaurant or retail store go out of business. Hopefully, we’re not going to train even more young men and women to stay home and do nothing with their lives because we just kicked out some more of the lower rungs in the ladder to success in life.
But if this promise is meant to be kept, then there is only one possible conclusion: Those in power want more unemployment. I don’t know why they want it. I can guess but I can’t say for sure. But I can say they want more unemployment because they just told us they are going to do it. If his words are matched with action, then they want that family Obama mentioned to be jobless. They will make my son jobless.
What kind of genius thinks a minimum wage law can help the economy? It really enrages me that Americans applaud the president when he promises to impoverish more people. If minimum wage law could work, then Obama should not be so stingy. Just set the minimum wage to $1000/hour so no one full time worker makes an annual income of less than two million dollars. Does that make sense? Do you believe the government could make everyone a millionaire simply by passing a law?
If not, then stop clapping and use your brain. Wake up, people!