DIANNY RANTS ARCHIVES: Forcing Rates That Haven’t Been Earned

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Los Angeles has joined Seattle in imposing on businesses a $15.00 per hour minimum wage.

Apparently Los Angeles hasn’t heard what’s been happening to Seattle businesses since the imposition of this mandated pay increase.

Liberals are either deeply stupid or diabolically destructive.

Though, I think they may be both.

To have a gaggle of people who have never had to meet a payroll determining the pay rates in the private sector makes about as much sense as having a gaggle of people who know nothing about medicine instructing surgeons on how to operate on a patient.

In August 2013, I wrote a column on the Minimum Wage that I’ve decided to reprint here because, frankly, I have nothing more to add to it.

This column is now available in Volume Two of my collection of columns RANT 2.0: Even More Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama.

The Minimum Wage: Forcing Rates That Haven’t Been Earned – August 30, 2013

A lot of people who were either very young or not even born yet when Martin Luther King Jr was still with us claim to know exactly what Dr. King would have thought about one issue or another.

Barack Obama, when tossed a typical Enslaved Press softball question, made the assertion that Martin Luther King would have loved Obamacare. He has no basis for making this claim. If you read through things that Dr. King spoke or wrote, nothing appears to lend support to Obama’s claim. But, Barack Obama likes to make claims that nobody can disprove. When he isn’t using strawmen, he’s using the “if this person or that person were alive today, they would agree with me” argument.

If it’s okay for Obama to do it, allow me to join in:

If Martin Luther King Junior were alive today, he would be called an “Uncle Tom” by the race baiters and grievance hustlers.

Martin Luther King believed in this nation. He loved this nation. Everything he wrote or said supports that premise. Martin Luther King also believed in hard work and depending on yourself to make your life the best life it can be.

I think if MLK were alive today, he and Dr. Benjamin Carson would have far more in common than he and Al Sharpton.

That’s my guess anyway.

Rush played a clip from a 1967 speech of Martin Luther King’s at a junior high school:
“If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music … Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”

Does this sound like something Al Sharpton would say?

Does it sound remotely close to something Barack Obama would say?

Look at that quote. Do you see the word “fair” or “fairness?” Do you see the word “victim?” Do you see King blaming institutional racism that has put up barriers to success?

If Martin Luther King spoke those words this Wednesday at the racial division rally masquerading as a 50th Anniversary commemoration of his “I Have a Dream” speech, he would have been booed off the stage.

I would go so far as to say that, like the only black Senator in the US Senate, Tim Scott from South Carolina, Martin Luther King would not have been invited at all.

I watched Tim Scott’s speech at CPAC this past winter. He and MLK have a lot in common. Tim Scott didn’t talk about how unfair it was that he was raised by a single mother and therefore had no hope of making a better life unless the government did it for him. Tim Scott’s story is one of personal success and determination fueled by a mother who held a firm line and demanded he work hard. This is a story MLK more than likely would have applauded.

In another display of cosmic irony, the week of the 50th Anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, fast food workers have gone on strike demanding to be paid $15.00 per hour.

One of the biggest frauds perpetrated on the American People is the Federal Minimum Wage.

The minimum wage is the free market’s version of “everybody gets a trophy.”

What it says is this: You do not need to earn a living and strive to do better; we’ll just force businesses to pay you more even if you did nothing to earn that higher wage.

Hard work, applying yourself and bettering yourself are no longer your responsibility. All you’ve got to do is get up and show up for work and you will get paid far more than the job is worth.

Minimum wage strips from the individual the idea that what you make of yourself is up to you.

You don’t need to stay in school and work hard. The Federal Government will just force employers to pay you more.

You don’t need to seek training and advancement. The Federal Government will just force employers to pay you more.

The Minimum Wage is advocated by people who apparently have no earthly idea how businesses work.

A business needs to have a clear understanding of their costs, their overhead, their break-even point. (For Obama voters: break-even is the point where the money you spend equals the money you take in).

If I own a company and wish to remain competitive in the market, I cannot charge prices that the market will not allow. I will not get any business if my prices are so out of whack to make whatever product or service I provide unaffordable. And if I can’t get anybody to purchase my product or service, then I have no business. And if I have no business, I cannot stay in business, let alone employ people.

Forcing an employer to pay employees far more than the market will allow will result in one of two things: either the employer hires fewer people or, the employer has to raise prices in order to accommodate a higher break-even point. And if the prices rise too much, more than likely that business will go out of business.

Employers do not owe their employees anything. Nobody deserves a specific wage simply because he takes in oxygen.

You earn a living; you do not deserve a living.

Through the Federal Minimum Wage, the motivation to improve yourself gets stripped away. Why bother? You’re going to get a nice hourly wage whether you work hard and apply yourself or not.

The problem isn’t fast food restaurant pay rates.

The problem is Liberal Democrat policies and an all-intrusive Federal Government in the private free market have so damaged our economy that the jobs that once were part-time jobs for kids in school or for folks with no skills or low skills, are now the only jobs available. And with the looming threat of Obamacare, even those jobs will become fewer and fewer.

One of the things that prevents employers from paying more in wages is the staggering overhead costs that accompany all of the Federal regulations imposed on every single industry in this nation. The costs of doing business brought about by Federal intrusion into the private free market are crippling the private free market.

And Obama and his unelected, unaccountable bureaucratic leviathan add so many new regulations every month that nobody can accurately tell you how many there are.

Allow me to use a landscaping metaphor:

The free market economy is a lovely perennial garden. Hummingbirds and butterflies come from all over to enjoy the nectar of the colorful array of flowers. From early spring until late fall the variety of perennials give the garden vivid colors and fragrances.

Government regulations, including the minimum wage are the weeds in that garden. Left unchecked, these weeds begin to spread through the garden — drawing nutrients to themselves and away from the flowers. Soon, the weeds become so invasive they begin to choke out the plants. The butterflies and hummingbirds that once visited the garden in large numbers go elsewhere for nectar.

Within a season, the garden is destroyed, overtaken and starved out by the all-intrusive weeds.

The problem isn’t that businesses aren’t paying their employees enough.

The problem is businesses pay the government too much.

The money they have is being choked out of them by the intrusiveness of Federal regulations.

As Ronald Reagan said, government isn’t the solution to our problems; government is the problem.

By hijacking the role of parent, government has beaten out of the people the will to nurture and provide for their families.

By hijacking our educational system and favoring the teachers’ unions, government has beaten out of the people the will to strive and achieve, and the education and skills to do it.

By hijacking our private free market, government has sucked the very life from our once vibrant economy.

A vast majority of Americans, unfortunately, do not believe that it is up to them to make their lives better. Through hard work. Through education. Through training and effort. Now they expect the government to do it for them. They expect employers to do it for them.

A vast majority of Americans, if they heard Martin Luther King tell them to be the best street sweeper you can be, to sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, they would have called him an Uncle Tom and shouted him off the stage.

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One thought on “DIANNY RANTS ARCHIVES: Forcing Rates That Haven’t Been Earned

  • May 20, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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    These people thinking an increase in the minimum wage is going to benefit them just don’t get it. I started working when the minimum wage was $1.25 an hour and that’s what I got paid. A hot dog cost 10 cents back then. I could buy 12 and have a nickel left over. Now the minimum wage is $7.75 (I think) and a hot dog cost $2.00. I could only buy 3 now with that same hours pay. Same hot dog but I can only purchase 1/4 as many now. The benefit? Raising the minimum wage cures obesity.

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