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Our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect says it'll take a pass on minimum wage

by: Eric B.

Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 16:09:51 PM EST


A couple of years ago, Jase Bolger tried to rig Roy Schmidt's House seat. When he was caught, he said that he was sorry and that he wouldn't have done it except that he was forced to by Democrats. His only real regret, he said, was that he was so focused on winning that he forgot that you don't try to defraud voters.

Fast forward a couple of years, and there are signatures being gathered to put a hike in the minimum wage on the ballot. Jase Bolger has apparently learned his lesson: Don't tamper in electoral politics.

“I’d never close the door to any conversation ... but this is about as close as it gets,” said Bolger, R-Marshall, adding the minimum wage proposal looks like an effort to bring Democrats to the polls in November.

“The motivation to put this on the ballot is because (Democrats) can’t get excited about their gubernatorial candidate,” Bolger said.

In years past, you see, the Republicans in the state Legislature went and hiked the minimum wage so as not to see the thing put on the November ballot and drive up Democratic turnout. This year, with his party ensconsed thanks to gerrymandering and in one-party control, they don't need to worry about it ... so rather than taking a GOTV chip off the table, his approach is to shit all over an increase to the minimum wage as an electoral scam. Because he learned his lesson that he should focus on doing the right thing and not view everything through the prism of electoral politics.

Meanwhile, we learn that Randy Richardville understands not the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Republicans argue minimum wage hikes lead to a reduction in jobs as businesses adjust to the added cost. “You have just so much money to pay people,” Richardville said.

 Aren't these the same God damned people who insist that everyone can become fabulously wealthy if they just work hard enough because there is literally no limit to the amount of wealth in existence? And, now we can't hike the minimum wage because there's only so much money to go around?

I'd like to introduce Richardville, and by extension anyone who thinks they might want to make this argument, to the realities of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. If you add extra energy to a system, or in this case an extra dime per quarter pounder, you have after you have sold 10 quarter pounders an additional dollar that you could devote to paying a higher minimum wage probably without turning off consumers, who are already paying nearly $7 for your shitty burger value meal in the first place.

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So nervous (4.00 / 1)
They are getting so nervous.  It's February, and Snyder is still mired in the low-to-mid 40's against a guy people still don't know and who is being outraised 4-to-1.  The Koch Bros. are dumping millions into trying to keep Gary Peters out including commissioning polls so incompetent and laughable (polls showing Land with such ridiculous leads) that even the Politico is calling bullsh%t.  They are throwing everything at the wall, and it's not working.  The longer they go on without being able to recover, the more momentum switches our way.

Yeah, we're pushing the minimum wage hike partially for political reasons.  And?  You know, when they push ballot initiatives, it's usually to deny someone or limit someone's rights.


Political motivations? They perfected that art. (4.00 / 3)
When they push ballot initiatives or any legislation, in addition to deny / limit rights, it is usually to undermine political opposition and increase private wealth (often simultaneously).

Headlee Amendment
Public Funding of Abortion Ban Proposal in 1988
Proposals A of 1992, 1993 and 1994 (& previous efforts)
Term Limits Proposal in 1992
Bingo Act proposal attempt to screw Democrats in 1996
Attempts to Reinstate Death Penalty in Michigan
School vouchers proposal attempt in 2000
Continued savaging of public education through all means
Straight-Ticket voting ban attempt in 2002
Assisting Ralph Nader's Ballot Access
Gay marriage ban in 2004
Attempts to attack union dues collection abilities
Affirmative Action Ban in 2006
Citizens United obliteration of campaign finance
Emergency Manager Laws
Trumping of State Referendum on Emergency Manager Laws
Oakland County redistricting heist in 2012
Right-To-Work undermining of labor
Trickery to prevent Right-To-Work referendum repeal
Raising of contribution limits to accomodate Devos deluge
Trickery to prevent wolf hunting season repeal
Thwarting on nonpartisan redistricting reforms
Threats to radically change electoral college allocation
Rape Insurance / Abortion Public Referendum
Attempts to boost Insurance companies over consumers
Attempts to gut Michigan Catastrophic Insurance
Part-Time Legislature Emerging Proposal in 2014

The list truly goes on and on.  Anyone have others to add?

We can't hold a candle to these masters of manipulation.  

Great Lakes, Great Times.


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Eric's latest entry reminded me of another: (4.00 / 1)
The disregarding of the state voters' wishes on medical marijuana

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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A biggie! (0.00 / 0)
Can't believe I forgot this bad boy, but the 'women in Congress from Michigan' comment thread reminded me:

The Mike Rogers election law change on voter registration aimed squarely at Michigan State students in East Lansing.  God, these guys are so brazen.  

Great Lakes, Great Times.


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