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Barack Obama and the Teachable Wage

Joe 145 Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 8:19 AM
My father used to call it 'gradualism'. You keep picking at it in small steps. Like gun control. Or so many other places where our government has stepped in. Just try and get our government out of ANYTHING that it is involved in now.
loadstar Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 8:53 AM
There are programs started under FDR that were supposed to last just a few years to supposedly answer Depression needs...they cannot even kill those!

Bureaucracy ALWAYS has a goal of perpetuating itself ENDLESSLY...and pols know that SOMEBODY likes the jobs created and the money transfer.
rickmcq Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 11:03 AM
Example:
"National Wool Act was passed in 1954 to encourage ranchers and farmers to grow more mohair for Korean War military uniforms. Wool was removed from the Pentagon's strategic materials list in 1960. However, the Act remains in effect today. Eliminating wool and mohair subsidies may result in restoring some public confidence in the federal government's ability to eliminate outdated, ineffective programs. Although there is strong support for the program, Congress made some limited changes to it in the Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. Nonetheless, the program should be phased out. Eliminating the program would save $923 million in budget outlays..."
http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/npr/library/reports/ag01.html

February 17, 2013

The U.S. President wants to up the national minimum wage to $9 per hour. How daring.

Such pushes to increase the legal minimum wage often succeed. There’s no mystery why. Most folks’ wages are not directly affected; we work for far more than that minimum. So it’s about other people. One consequence of this is that we don’t think very carefully about the logic of the regulation.

Which is why so many of us simply bow to social pressure, thinking that opposition to raising the minimum wage is “uncaring.”...

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