Recently, one of my liberal friends wrote a letter to the editor of our local rag in Butte regarding all the advantages he thought raising the minimum wage would produce. The paper, being a liberal publication, readily printed his letter although I saw no letters from anyone in opposition which is usually the case for this particular publication. In any event, my friend argued the usual liberal philosophy that if we raise the minimum wage we’ll be “stimulating the economy” by causing more people to spend their new found wealth. In fact, economists indicate that because Americans still have no confidence in the economy, they are saving, not spending. The fallacy of this reasoning is now apparent as Bloomberg reports that Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, raised its minimum wage to nine dollars per hour with the result that “Labor costs…have weighed on earnings…. At the same time, Walmart is trying to maintain low prices to fend off rivals.” So, Wally’s World is now cutting employees work hours and “furloughing” employees which, in turn, is adversely affecting customer service. Older employees are also disgruntled over the raise in the minimum wage paid to beginning employees. “Some of the chain’s more senior employees have criticized the increase, saying it mostly benefited newer workers and that more experienced staff shouldn’t be making at or near what new hires are making.” Of course, investors are also upset because they expect profits from investing their monies in a business and could care less about social engineering in the name of some unrealistic liberal mantra. Just imagine what impact there will be on our already shaky economy if Wally’s World joins the slew of other businesses which used to be household words and have now faded from memory. Of course, liberals really have no problem with shrinking the private sector since they believe that the government is the answer to every problem. The fact that the government doesn’t provide a tax base since it produces nothing in the way of manufactured goods (or anything else of value it is increasingly argued) is lost on those who make their living by collecting a check from those who still work for a living.
It always amuses me when uber liberals (is that an oxymoron?) turn on their own whenever their members fail to toe the narrow liberal perspective. Enter uber liberal Matt damon (small “d” on purpose) who made the mistake of saying that the director of a movie should be selected on merit not by racial profiling. Opps! The Left dutifully tore old Matt a new one. To his credit, Matt didn’t back down which at least shows he has more guts than a lot on the Right who immediately fall all over themselves whenever they are similarly criticized for some assumed gaff in good PC rhetoric. According to the accounts I read of the matter, Matt’s buddy ben affects had nothing to say about his friend’s error, although he once called, of all people, uber liberal Jon Stewart, a racist during one of Bennie’s rants. Then, we have some actress named emily blunt (no need to play with that last name) who recently questioned whether she had made the right choice becoming an American citizen after being born in Britain. Really? I suggest that since we now have authorities in Seattle going through peoples’ garbage to determine whether they are properly recycling or whatever and issuing them citations if they fail the test (citizens are now suing the city), we should add another layer to the federal bureaucracy by establishing the “Citizen Check Bureau” whose job would consist of policing citizens who make anti-American statements and relieving of them of their citizenship. Ms. Blunt and her ilk, including many of her Hollywood friends, could all move abroad and see how well they like living there. I suggest they start with Syria where they could undoubtedly help sort out all the problems there. Uh huh. I suppose the only positive aspect of Ms. Blunt’s path to citizenship is that she at least did it legally. Of course, since we have no coherent immigration policy under the current administration, then the new CCB will have the unfettered right to simply deport Ms. Blunt without a hearing. Decisions on deportation will depend entirely on executive order by the Chairman of the CCB, Donald Trump.