Well, that didn’t take long…
After left-wing activist groups have been demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage over the last few years the wacky muslim Democrat congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is calling for $20 an hour.
Nikitas3.com predicted this many times. These liberals just can’t help themselves in doubling down on their bad ideas. But this is always what we get with Democrats. And you can expect many in the Democrat party to be signing onto $20 soon.
Interestingly we are seeing naturally higher wages under president Trump’s thriving economy. Example: While activists have been demanding legislation for $15 an hour in places like Seattle and New York City, Nikitas3.com recently saw an ad for store cleaners to start at $13 to $15 an hour in the small, low-cost city of Rutland, Vermont. That is equal to $25 an hour or more in high-cost Seattle or New York.
On the same day Nikitas3.com saw a Help Wanted sign for servers at Dunkin’ Donuts in the small city of North Adams, Massachusetts for $12.50 an hour plus tips. This could easily translate to $15 to $20 an hour ($30K to $40K a year) in a city where living costs are relatively low. That’s amazingly good pay for a largely unskilled job.
Entry-level Target warehouse jobs were recently being advertised near Albany, New York at $18.39 per hour ($37,000 per year).
In other words president Trump is making good things happen naturally through a booming economy while Democrats claim that these things can only be attained through legislation.
Meanwhile the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives recently passed a $15 federal minimum wage (it is now $7.25 nationally but higher in many states) which will go nowhere in the Republican-controlled Senate or with president Trump.
These big increases are a recipe for disaster. A huge spike in the minimum wage already is leading to many bad outcomes for workers even though it has not yet even reached $15.
For instance entry-level workers simply will not be hired if the minimum wage goes too high while other lower-echelon workers will be laid off when it becomes too expensive to keep them on staff. This hurts the same lower-wage workers that the minimum wage increase is supposed to help.
The Congressional Budget Office has reported that even a $15 federal minimum wage could result in 3.7 million people losing their jobs, and that is just an estimate. And that report did not even address other issues like existing workers not getting expected raises and benefits to pay for the higher minimum.
Businesses also raise prices to get more money for higher minimum wages, i.e., the higher wages are a wealth transfer from customers to workers.
Nikitas3.com used to buy an occasional double cheeseburger at McDonalds for $1.49 but it recently was $2.39. This is largely due to higher minimum wage laws being imposed on McDonald’s all over the country, pushing its aggregate labor costs up and up.
That money then gets collected from customers nationwide, even in states without high minimum wages. Thus socialism as it exists in some places leads to higher prices everywhere. This shows how socialism spreads its ugly tentacles.
McDonald’s also is installing thousands of touch-screen ordering computers to replace human order takers when the wages get too high. So which is better – an unskilled person having a job at the counter at McDonald’s at $11 an hour or being unemployed when the minimum wage goes to $15 and computers take over?
The answer is obvious. Meanwhile businesses are cutting back on other expenses. For instance one Seattle-area restaurant stopped giving its workers free meals after a big increase in the minimum wage was imposed. Other businesses are charging workers more for health insurance while others have closed their doors. Others fired workers.
The fraud of an imposed minimum wage was recently exposed by none other than left-wing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who is constantly agitating for $15 an hour. But he then cut the hours of his staff rather than allow them to continue to pile up work hours under a $15 wage and go over their annual salary. Thus the problems get worse as the increase goes higher.
Some economists have even called for the elimination of minimum wage laws. This would allow the market to set wages and would result in higher wages and more employment just as president Trump’s successful economy is pushing up wages without legislation.
Other pundits have suggested jokingly that Tlaib should propose $50 an hour or more to eliminate poverty through legislation. But we all know that that never works and always produces the opposite effect – fewer jobs, lower benefits for other workers and a slower economy for all. Why not $100 an hour? It sounds great but it never works, like socialism never works.
In the upcoming Democrat presidential debates we can expect the candidates to seek to outdo each other with giveaway programs. Nikitas3.com believes that the $20 wage will come up more and more often among Democrats as time passes. And it may excite millions of voters who are ignorant and poor and who are already voting Democrat but it will turn off tens of millions of rational voters who make up most of the electorate.
So as Democrats continue to believe that we can hand out more and more of Other People’s Money to American workers through legislation they also believe that we can hand out more and more of Americans’ money to care for illegal immigrants too.
This is a recipe for disaster for Democrats who are continuing down their politically suicidal path of open borders and endless programs for illegal immigrants, including full health-care benefits. Breitbart News recently reported:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said over the weekend that the United States government must have a “lifelong commitment” to illegal immigrant migrants separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and provide “mental healthcare services” to them “for the rest of their lives.”
Speaking at a town hall event in Queens, New York, Ocasio-Cortez, who has referred to migrant detention centers as “concentration camps,” reportedly argued that the U.S. government must make a “lifelong commitment” to migrant children because “even if you separate a kid from their parents for two days, you have already created life-long lasting trauma.”
So there you go. Not only is America causing illegal immigrants to go crazy when they try to break into our country, but then we must pay to cure them. John Binder at Breitbart News reported:
The Democrat Party’s open borders, mass immigration platform for the upcoming 2020 presidential election is turning off moderate Democrat voters, a new poll reveals.
For months now, Democrats running in the presidential primary have largely presented platforms promoting amnesty for all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens, free health care for illegal aliens, and the decriminalization of illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border.
This open borders agenda, spearheaded by a select group of white liberals in the party’s ranks, is causing a rift among Democrats.
The latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll finds that a plurality of 47 percent of moderate Democrat voters say providing free health care to illegal aliens is a “bad idea” as opposed to 43 percent who say it is a “good idea.”
For voters who describe themselves as “moderates,” a majority of 56 percent called free health care for illegal aliens a bad idea, and only about 37 percent said it is a good idea.
Even among the Democrats’ most ardent liberals, the policy of having American taxpayers pay for the free health care of illegal aliens does not come with sweeping, unanimous support. While 57 percent of voters who call themselves “very-liberal Liberals” said they support the plan, about 35 percent — more than one-in-three — said they oppose such a plan.
Decriminalizing illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border is even more unpopular with moderate Democrats. Nearly six-in-ten moderate Democrat voters say decriminalizing illegal border crossings is a bad idea, and only 34 percent say it is a good idea.
Similarly, nearly seven-in-ten moderates call the effort to decriminalize illegal immigration a bad idea, with only about 25 percent of moderates supporting the plan.
…U.S. taxpayer-funded free health care for illegal aliens would likely cost Americans upwards of $660 billion over ten years. Similarly, decriminalizing illegal immigration would likely drive millions of foreign nationals to the U.S.-Mexico border every year and allow them to enter the country, take a job, and resettle permanently in American communities.
Friends, these poll numbers against Democrat policies are startling. And these are not numbers being polled in the general population. These are disapproval numbers among Democrats themselves(!)
This is going to be another huge plus for president Trump’s re-election.
Meanwhile Breitbart News reports about president Trump getting tough on another Democrat giveaway program:
The Trump administration is set to propose a rule Tuesday that would cut about 3.1 million Americans from the food-stamp program in an effort to save taxpayers about $2.5 billion a year, reports said.
The U.S. has seen low levels of unemployment, which is seen as a major factor in low levels of participation in the program. President Trump tweeted earlier this month that food stamp use is at a 10-year low. Politifact verified the claim.
Reuters, citing a U.S. Department of Agriculture, reported that residents in 43 states who receive help from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, automatically enroll in the food-stamp program, known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP.
The USDA intends to review these TANF cases to see if participants qualify for the program.
So in other words president Trump wants to cut these programs back and replace them with jobs rather than just letting them grow and grow without scrutiny. It is the perfect capitalist solution.