Marvin Olasky

Good data support the LePage proposal. Last year even the Paris-headquartered Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, made up of 34 countries (70 percent from Europe) that rarely agree on anything, released a report contending that countries could reduce teen unemployment by "lowering the cost of employing low-skilled youth" through a sub-minimum training wage.

The "progressive" concern, of course, is that rapacious bosses will seize the opportunity to fire an adult—but no competent manager will replace a good worker with an untrained teen. To play on another 1960s tune, "All we are saying, is give kids a chance." So, why the furor from the Huffington Post and other organs of the left? Because 1960s craziness remains. Why should anyone have to work for less than $10 per hour? Why shouldn't everyone work for at least $100 per hour? Banish hardship! If we bang on the doors of Eden, they will open.

Neil Diamond: "Sweet Caroline, o-o-o, good times never seem so good." But they don't last unless children are born and grow up. Diamond: "Hands, touching hands, reaching out, touching me, touching you." That may lead to crisis pregnancies, but I prefer to think about the hand of an unborn child reaching out of the womb during prenatal surgery and touching the doctor's, or the hands of a man-child or a girl/woman learning the joy of grown-up work and gaining productive habits that can last a lifetime.

The 1960s were a search for instant gratification. We would have a Great Society by willing it. Actually, good times often seem good at the time, but different the next day. That next day is now.

Reprinted with permission of WORLD Magazine.

Marvin Olasky

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