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Detroit News rolls out Stock Editorial #1 in opposition to higher wages

by: Eric B.

Tue May 20, 2014 at 17:19:50 PM EDT


Sober adults have looked at the minimum wage. We're fond here of citing the Congressional Budget Office report on it, because the rightwng media was fond of citing it, except that it didn't actually say what they were representing it as saying because rather than bringing down ruination upon us all the report said that the more you raise the minimum wage the more people you help and the more you did to help them.

Then, the Senate Majority Leader introduced a bill that would have done next to nothing to help anyone except the very wealthy because it would have torpedoed the ballot initiative, and in the end it was modified so that it would -- as passed -- help quite a few people. Not as much as raising the minimum wage even more, but a fair amount.

Today, the Detroit News editorializes against raising the minimum wage at all. Their reasoning: It sounds like a bad idea.

But by artificially increasing the annual cost of labor, without corresponding raises in productivity or prices, the impact of this legislation could crush small- and mid-sized businesses, and eliminate jobs at larger ones. It also would take away the ability of employers to freeze wages in an economically stressful year, leaving layoffs as the only option to control payroll costs.

This is the Detroit News, arguing that stagnating wages is a good thing. Their evidence? None. It's one of those things that, despite decades of experience that we can look back on, is intuitive to the people who believe it. Just like everything else they've insisted is true, from Willard Romney's imminent victory in 2012 to the hoax of climate change to Iraq's substantial stockpiles of unconventional weapons.

Jack Lessenberry writes about the minimum wage today. He seems to have a lot of faith in the U.S. Supreme Court putting more stock in people-driven ballot questions than in legislatures. I tend to think, based on the shit the court has done the last 10 years, that they sort of make it up as they go along and fill in their reasoning as they can.

Eric B. :: Detroit News rolls out Stock Editorial #1 in opposition to higher wages
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The naysayers (4.00 / 1)
never have a reason why wages are different than other expenses, which are not fixed, and tend to rise over time. How is it that businesses can take in stride an increase in, say, energy or material costs without going bankrupt, but paying their workers an extra couple of bucks is simply not doable? The answer is that like most conservative notions about the economy, it's bullshit.

 


The naysayers (0.00 / 0)
never have a reason why wages are different than other expenses, which are not fixed, and tend to rise over time. How is it that businesses can take in stride an increase in, say, energy or material costs without going bankrupt, but paying their workers an extra couple of bucks is simply not doable? The answer is that like most conservative notions about the economy, it's bullshit.

 



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