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Impacting Poverty

InsideStraight Wrote: Jun 18, 2012 7:56 AM
Correlation does not prove causation, to be sure, but if every time I switch off the lights the room goes dark, would I be justified in thinking the light switch had something to do with the lack of light? So liberals want to "help" by raising the minimum wage, and conservatives show that in the past, such a move has caused a decrease in teen unemployment. Whose augment should we believe...that of empirical data, or the liberal who says "this time it will be different."
The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously observed that “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

It’s an admonition not taken particularly seriously by today’s political left. They embrace, extol, advocate ideas and policies based on what they wish were true, regardless of how often and consistently their ideas have been proven wrong.

Take, for instance, the minimum wage.

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill) wants to again raise the minimum wage – from $7.25 to $10.00 - despite an abundance of experience that doing so accomplishes exactly the opposite of...