Mark Davis

Another Obama phrase aimed right at your bank account is “the wealthiest nation on Earth.” Anytime he says that’s what we are, your wealth is about to take a hit, because he has it in his sights for his latest redistributionist whim.

This was the setup for the absurd recklessness of a $9-per-hour minimum wage.

A minimum wage increase is a bad idea because having a minimum wage is a bad idea. It is none of government’s business what I want to pay workers at my business.

If I am paying chicken feed, I will not get good workers. If I have applicants for every position, I am offering something they are willing to take.

This is a perfect marketplace balance. The moment someone accepts a job, we learn the exact point at which employer and employee are satisfied with the transaction.

Government intrusion only screws this up. Do you know how many businesses would hire kids during the summer to sweep up for six bucks an hour? Do you know how many kids would take those jobs for 10 hours a week, distracting them from the evils of idleness?

Maybe six bucks wouldn’t attract flies. Maybe the kids would need seven, or eight, just to sweep up. Employers would decide whether or not to create those jobs.

But the common thread is individual decision-making, the engine that drives free markets. Workers accepting or not accepting a position. Employers choosing what jobs to offer and what to pay.

Like a fixed road or a kid in a great preschool, a two-dollar raise is a wonderful thing. But once again, it all turns very dark when it arrives on the wings of federal edict.

Why stop at nine dollars? Why not a twelve-dollar minimum wage? Why not twenty?

The President says this could be a difference-maker, between just getting by and progressing, between starving and eating, whatever the dichotomies were.

It’s a difference-maker, all right-- between having a job and getting fired, which is exactly what will happen to countless people who need work most, as soon as employers feel the crush of Washington-mandated spikes in labor costs.

At a time when jobs are at the top of every wish list, along comes an idea crippling our ability to create them. Genius.

So the lesson is: Washington should have no say in the status of the roads we drive on, the schools we build or the salaries of our jobs.

When your liberal (or inattentive) friends harp on the desirability of certain goals, remind them that there almost no solution works best when funneled through Washington.

Want more preschools? Pay for them in your state. Want better roads? Pay for them in your state. All with the delicious extra money we will have when the feds stop pilfering billions to dole out as they please.

Want a two-dollar raise? Earn it. I winced at the example of the family living on minimum wage. The minimum wage is not meant as a platform for supporting our families. It is an entry-level springboard from which we are supposed to prove and improve ourselves, usually before we bring children into the world.

Get ready for a lot more of this. The administration will continue to offer up things many people want. A sleepy nation will continue to nod, even though their costs are ruinous. We must argue that we share many goals, but have a different and far more efficient way to pay for them.