Repeal the wrong answer

"Hey, mister. I’ll sweep your floor for five dollars."


No, you won’t, because the Assembly has promoted laws that insinuate legislators in the space between reasonable people who want to do business with each other.

If someone wants to sweep out a corner store for a five-dollar bill, the government has no business outlawing the transaction.

Forbidding people doing business with each other makes as little sense as the someone telling you, if you want to buy a candy bar, how much the dealer has to charge and how much you must pay. Forcing you to pay more than you are willing to pay is yet another unfunded mandate.

Let the market set the price. Then, if the government is concerned that some people do not make a "living wage" it can reach deep in its own pockets to subsidize the pay through earned income tax credits. Then it can explain the resulting bill to voters come next election day. Politicians who want to help low wage workers ought to get out of the way to let the economy create more jobs so workers can select higher paying options. It’s silly to put people out of work because politicians propose to break economic reality to posture they want to pay low wage people more.

It is laughable to hear Albany politicians claim that no research shows that higher minimum wage laws cost jobs. The rule and the reality is the more you tax something the less of it you get. Evidence is incontrovertible. The minimum wage bill might as well be called the "Teenage Unemployment Bill."

Sources in the Senate Albany say that the proposal to increase the minimum wage promoted by the Democrat-controlled Assembly isn’t dead because it never was alive. Thank goodness. If they choose, people deserve to be able to earn an extra fiver on the side.