How the Minimum Wage Puts People Out of Work: Do such wages chase minorities out of cities? (PICs)

There is actually a pretty good statist rebuttal to this. The rebuttal is fundamentally incorrect but from an argument perspective one could get some mileage from it. But I’ll let you guys figure out what this rebuttal might be.

But in the end a minimum wage that is set arbitrarily above the actual – real – market based minimum wage will put people out of work. It will increase gentrification of working class neighborhoods. It will chase less fortunate people out of the cities that are foolish enough to proceed with non-reality based minimum wages.

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Parents Continue Legal Fight To Blame Unions For Bad Teachers

I’ve known some great public school teachers. I’ve also known some really bad ones. The unions in many states reward and protect too many of the bad ones.

As an old professor of mine (who had escaped communist Yugoslavia many years before) said, teachers stopped being “professionals” in this country when they collectivized and decided instead to be “workers” with unions. Perhaps it’s time (long past time actually) that we reintroduce the concept of teachers as “professionals” again.

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How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration (OR: How the Dems sold out the American working class for votes and favor from corporations)

The whole “open borders” stance with the Democrats is new – as is documented in this excellent if ultimately wrong headed article in The Atlantic. When I was growing up it was conservatives – of the economic sort primarily – who called for more immigration. (This was always a point of conflict with socialcons however.) Why restrict human capital as we sought to unleash other types of capital? If there are jobs at a certain wage level why not let people cross the border and fill those jobs?

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This is what globalized crony capitalism looks like, GE’s (former) CEO Jeff Immelt

He was one of the crony “kings” until yesterday. Once the toast of the Obama White House, (he headed the “Jobs Council”) the shareholders of General Electric gave him the ole’ heave ho earlier than expected.

Of course Immelt leaves the scene an extremely wealthy man and much of this wealth comes courtesy of US taxpayers.

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Why the Democrats are making a big mistake by obsessing over Russia

Allegedly.

The Democrats are in many respects a regional party now. The current obsession with Russia and the effort to take Trump down, at what seems almost any cost has become clinical. The Dems seem to have divorced themselves from reality and now wring their hands – gollum like – as they contemplate Trump’s downfall. It’s weird. It is bad for the country to say the least. And it isn’t good for the Dems.

Consider that Maxine Waters is now held up as a leader within the party.

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US pilots call on Trump to stop Norwegian’s low-cost transatlantic flights (Pure Crony Capitalism from US Airline Pilots)

Never trust the airlines, the airline regulators, the airline unions (mechanics, pilots, or flight attendants) the whole industry. Even after official deregulation (something Carter did right) American airlines are deeply crony.

Lower fares are good for US consumers. They are good for the economy. Trump better not cave to these guys.

This is just ugly crony capitalism.

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How Unions Used Licensing to Crush Ethnic Barbershops

Minimum wage laws too were used by unions to discriminate against ethic minorities.

Something one should always remember also is that Jim Crowe laws in the South were a particularly repugnant example of big government. Big government often works against the interests of minorities.

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