Tag: $15 minimum wage

Senate’s Parliamentarian Back Under the Klieg Lights

 

Klieg lights, Wikipedia tells us, were intensely bright “carbon arc” lights used in filmmaking. They were so bright that they allowed Hollywood directors to film daytime scenes at night. They were also so bright as to cause inflammation of the eye, known as “Klieg eye.”

Let’s hope the Senate’s Parliamentarian, Elizabeth McDonough suffers no such injury. Or worse. Few people like the spotlight less than the Senate’s Parliamentarian, a senior staff member and legal expert who reports to the Secretary of the Senate, the chamber’s senior officer. And now, she has won a new Twitter hashtag, #FireTheParliamentarian.

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Across the country, idealistic and empathetic voters are demanding minimum wage increases. This past Tuesday, Florida joined a growing coalition of states to raise our minimum wage to $15/hour. Not coincidentally, this was the national average “living wage” for a single person when this “Raise the Wage” movement began. I understand the impetus to want to raise […]

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Bernie Sanders has a very sneaky campaign tactic going on lately, and so far he seems to be getting away with it.  To see what he is doing you have to compare and connect multiple policies to notice what he has in mind.  He recently acknowledged that the tax increases needed to pay for his “free” […]

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Remarkable Auto Repair

 

Victor Davis Hanson made an effort to explain working-class people to his colleagues who inhabit the institutions where he spends half of his life as a scholar in California’s institutions of higher learning by drawing on the experience of the other half of his life as a farmer.  He recounted watching a man repair a hydraulic machine without having to look at a repair manual – the depth and detail of specific knowledge the man had at his disposal was impressive.

I used to work on cars back when they had carburetors and distributors, points to adjust and coils to replace. Cars still have coils, although I can’t recognize them anymore, but the points have joined the dinosaurs. In short, I found out that I don’t understand the cars they are making these days at all.

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Ben Burgis recently argued in Arc Digital that a 175% federal minimum wage increase was a good idea. He is incorrect. It is a very bad idea and his own argumentation is highly unpersuasive. But if he is right then he’s created a bigger problem here for many standard leftist policies. Because if the minimum […]

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Socialist Senator Sanders Gets a Taste of Capitalism

 

But does he recognize it? I’m guessing probably not. This situation is the epitome of a capitalist tradeoff. His campaign staff is unionized. He went along with it because he has to as a “democratic socialist.” He is also highly in favor of a minimum wage of $15 per hour. His campaign has a budget, with a certain amount of dollars. So, Mr. Sanders has discovered that, with his current campaign budget, he cannot afford to pay everyone $15 per hour. He has stated, therefore, that he will reduce some staff hours in order to pay everyone that vaunted $15.

Yes, Bernie, when your cost of doing business rises (with little to no productivity improvement), you are forced into tough choices. Do you lay-off an employee? Do you reduce everyone’s hours? Do you reduce only some staffers’ hours? If you want to maintain a viable campaign organization, you will need to make some hard decisions.