Look, there’s a simple life truth. Some might call it a basic truth of economics, but it’s so fundamental, so easy to understand that it transcends simple economics to be a basic life truth. Here it is: If you want to prosper in America — really, anywhere — you must, no exceptions, develop marketable employment skills for which a potential employer would be willing to pay you some good money.
There’s no getting around this simple truth.
So, Democrats are running around telling us all that hamburger flippers, and lawnmowers, and fast food order takers, and retail clerks, and store shelf stockers should all make $15/hour, and that if they did, then that would be a “living wage,” and they’d be able to feed and support their families as they go out to stock Target’s shelves.
Until that is, the guy already making $15/hour today learns that some kid with no education, and no other skill than saying, “Do you want fries with that?” makes as much as he does! Then the guy already making 15 bucks, demands $20/hour, or $25/hour.
Then, of course, the dudes who already make $25/hour, demand $30/hour or $35/hour. And then the folks already making $30/hour and $35/hour demand $40… get it? It won’t be long before the people making that shiny new $15/hour minimum wage are in exactly the same economic condition they were in before the wage hike.
Republicans and Conservatives rightly focus on other economic truths. Things like: If you make workers more expensive, businesses will be able to afford fewer of them. And, if you make people more expensive, then more and more businesses, large and small, will replace people with machines.
What’s worse: those things are true, as well as what I mentioned further above. That means that after all the dust settles, a whole bunch of low-skilled workers will be out of work, and the jobs they might have been able to fill… will have disappeared to automation or something else.
At that point, it might be cruel to point out to these poor people who thought they were getting a “living wage,” that there is a simple truth, and it’s: If you want to prosper in America — really, anywhere — you must, no exceptions, develop marketable employment skills for which a potential employer would be willing to pay you some good money.
The Democrats’ and the Left’s minimum wage lie is a disgusting deceit of people who might be tempted not to examine the idea that they could, or even should, live a nice, prosperous, middle class, suburban life from their job flipping burgers, stocking shelves, or ringing registers.
It’s just yet another ugly fraud that the Left are perpetrating against the very people they claim to speak for. The leadership of the Left’s political wing, the Democrat Party, is convinced, unanimously, that the American people are stupid. In fact they’ve staked their entire future on the notion.