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When Good Ideas Become Bad Ideas

D G Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 10:05 AM
Companies reduced employment with labor saving devices following the 40% increase in minimum wage. For example, more grocery stores installed self scanning equipment so customers could check out themselves. Gas stations once employed young people to fill cars with gas, but over many years of increasing minimum wages, it became more economical to install self serve pumps. Currently, retail sales are moving to the internet. Fewer people will be working at shops as a result. Raising the minimum wage will speed up this process. There are countless other examples of how the minimum wage discourages companies from hiring people.
D G Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 3:38 PM
Cappman .... Thanks for commenting.
Cappmann Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 11:11 AM
DG, everything you identify here is simple common sense. Unfortunately, such common sense is all but nonexistant in the halls of big government.
D G Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 10:11 AM
I bet eventually, we will enter McDonalds and place our orders on a computer. Then robots will prepare our meal and bring it to us. The equipment will be expensive, but it will be more economical than paying the higher minimum wages.

For the conservative willing to endure it, President Obama’s State of the Union address was actually a handy lesson in how the left garners support for barrages of spending.

As such, it is also a guide for how to argue against it.

The President uses the predictable method of identifying something widely loved and then shoe-horning it into the only approved package-- government spending.

Take infrastructure. I am proud of my state of Texas as it looks for all kinds of things to cut to achieve fiscal sanity. But if there is one thing we need to pony up for, it...