Minimum wage laws continuing a war between States

“It is the central task for all of us to build an economy that works for everybody.”
___Barack Obama

The words above could have come from Marxist propaganda, but, unbelievably, they were spoken by an American president. Pres. Obama uttered this statement while pushing for a higher federal “minimum wage” law in a speech at Connecticut State University earlier this month (report by McClatchy Washington Bureau).

While Obama promotes his agenda item, the Congressional Budget Office reports that likely this would (statistically) move more than 1 million people out of “poverty.” But another 500,000 (some predict a million) people would lose their jobs. Clearly, pushers of this social welfare program prefer to show technical numbers that support their political ideology than have concern for the actual lives of more unemployed American citizens.

The late, distinguished economist Dr. Milton Friedman commenting on the disastrous public policy said, “The people who are hurt are anonymous and their problem is not clearly connected (politically) to its cause: the people who join the ranks of the unemployed or, more likely, are never employed in particular activities because of the existence of the minimum wage…are driven to even less remuneration activities or to the relief roles.

A large part of the support for minimum wage laws comes not from disinterested men of good will but from interested parties. For example, northern (States) trade unions and northern firms threatened by southern (States) competition favor minimum wage laws to reduce the competition from the South.”

This and other coercive federal economic schemes persist historically from the 1830s. In 1831 South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun noted, “Stripped of all its covering, the naked question is, whether ours is a federal or consolidated government; a constitutional or absolute one; a government resting solidly on the basis of sovereignty of the States, or on the unrestrained will of a majority; a form of government, as in all other unlimited ones, in which injustice, violence, and force must ultimately prevail.” (Quoted from the Foreword to “The Real Lincoln” by distinguished economics professor Dr. Walter E. Williams.)


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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