They cried. And now that they’re having it handed to them, they’re still crying.
It wasn’t that long ago that the natioanl left was decrying the fact that the ‘Minimum Wage’ hadn’t been increased in a while. In fact, I’m sure that if I looked around a bit, I could find something from last week. Probably quite a few somethings.
Now the House (R)s have given the (D)s a $2.00 an hour increase in the minimum wage (to $7.15 and hour) on paper and the (R)s are ready to vote for it. But because the same bill contains an extension for Bush’s tax cuts and kills the national estate tax, the Dems are crying.
Not that they will, but if they were to come and ask my opinion, I’d say to grab it with both hand, because the likelyhood of them getting another shot at it anytime soon is close to nil (yes, I know what is happening this November. No, I don’t think they’ll do that well).
Just as I told a commenter who didn’t agree that Maryland’s anti-WalMart bill was socialism, the ‘Minimum Wage’ laws are a tariff on labor. People with no skills get paid less and that less should be whatever the person offering the job is willing to offer.
If his offer is too low, then he will have either no employees or ones who are absolutely unemployable (basically the same thing), because good people go where the money is at.
The idea of a “National Minimum Wage” is insipid in and of itself. Trying to live on $5.15 an hour is not the same in Butte, Montana as it is in Seattle, Washington. States and even Counties and Cities should be the ones enacting ‘Minimum Wage’ laws, not the federal government.
While the laws themselves are no less ignorant when enacted by smaller governments, in that way, each city and state can compete for employers just as the employers will compete for the workers and the employees can compete for the jobs.