Posted tagged ‘Minimum wage’

Must Reads For The Week 7/23/16

July 23, 2016

The Economics Of Trade vs. The Politics Of Trade Deals, by Mike Mish Shedlock, at davidstockmanscontracorner.com. Mr. Trump should read this. Excerpt from the article: “A genuine free trade agreement would consist of a single statement: “Effective immediately, all tariffs and subsidies, on all goods and services, are removed.” “Fair Trade” is a concoction by industries that seek or need protection via tariffs and import restrictions, to the damage of everyone else…..The irony in the “fair trade” argument is no jobs are saved by tariffs.

Venezuela Where Hyperinflation Meets Socialism And Price Controls, by Fabiola Zirpa, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Why can’t we learn from the mistakes of other countries? This is just the most recent example of the consequences when socialists try to centrally plan the economy. When we look at Venezuela today we can’t fathom that this could happen here and it probably couldn’t get this bad. But the question is; how much has our standard of living incrementally decreased, or not grown, because of the money printing that has taken place over the last two decades? We can’t quantify it. But we can say with certainty that we aren’t where would have been economically if the Fed hadn’t printed 4 trillion counterfeit dollars.

Minimum Wage Forces LA Diner Pann’s (est. 1958) To Stop Serving Dinner, at economicpolicyjournal.com. We can show story after story of the consequences of artificially raising the minimum wage above its market value. Jobs are lost. But somehow politicians get by with implementing these laws. It has to be because of the economic ignorance of our citizenry.

Interesting Fact Of The Day, Uber Completes 2 Billion Rides, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. It took six years for Uber to reach 1 billion riders. It took only six months to get its next 1 billion riders. In a free market the consumer wins. Consumers are voting for ride sharing and against the taxi monopoly. Big taxi can’t stop Uber, unless big taxi supplies a better service at a cheaper price.

Yoshi Launches “set it and forget it” Vehicle Refueling In San Francisco, by Lora Kolodny, at techcrunch.com. This is like “back to the future”. We went from full service gas stations (this was before the millennials time). To self-service gas stations. Now we’re going back to full service, except they drive to your house.

Startup Makes Investing Fee Free, opprotunitylives.com. This is like Uber except for trading stocks. Will the brokerage houses try to get government to stop this like the taxi cartel has tried to do with Uber?

The Unique Evil Of The Left, by Lew Rockwell, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “The left is the enemy of Diversity and the fanatical promoter of identity. Uniformity is stressed in all leftist utopias, paradises in which everybody is the same, envy is dead, and the enemy is either dead, lives outside the gates, or is utterly humiliated. Leftism loathes differences, deviations, stratification.”

Virginia Court Strikes Down Order Giving Felons Right To Vote, at new-ssentinal.com. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a former Clinton crony, attempted to mine 200,000 Democrat votes by restoring the voting rights of felons using an executive order. It was shot down by the Virginia Supreme court. I was shocked, shocked mind you when the Court said his executive order restoring voting rights to felons, “overstepped his authority”. This sounds familiar……? Didn’t the President have his executive order on immigration shot down by the Supreme Court for the same reason.

The Political Class vs. The Rest Of Us, by William L. Anderson, at mises.org. It is not R vs. D or any other groups the R’s and D’s construct and pit against each other. The Only Real Division Is THE POLITICAL CLASS VS. THE REST OF US! Until individuals realize this, “the era of big government will never be over”.

If The Public Shouldn’t Have Them, Why Does The IRS Need AR -15’s? at zerohedge.com. Great question.

Former Navy: The AR-15 Is A Citizens Best Defense Against Terrorism, at thefederalist.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 7/9/16

July 9, 2016

We Will Comment On Hillary and The Shootings In Dallas In A Few Days

Thinking Beyond Stage One, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. The unintended consequences of tariffs and trade restrictions (please read this Mr. Trump). Excerpt from the article: The question that should be put to those calling for restrictions on imports is: In an effort to save jobs in one industry, do you care about or even know of its cost and disastrous effects in other industries? When Congress enacts a miracle for one group of Americans, such as steel producers, it creates a non-miracle for another group, such as steel- using producers.

What The World Looks To Someone Who Doesn’t Understand Economics, at cafehayek.com. Here are some excerpts from the article: “.….defense of the minimum wage is strong evidence that the world does indeed include people who really do believe that government-officials’ stated intentions determine the outcomes of government actions.” Always remember the limiting factor of any central planning by government, the amount of knowledge the bureaucrats can bring to bear on any situation isn’t even one tenth of the knowledge brought to bear by millions of individuals competing in the free market.

Smashing The Minimum Wage: robot Made Burgers Coming To San Francisco, at economicpolicyjournal.com. When the cost of labor is mandated to be higher than it would be under normal market conditions, Employers (economic forces) try to correct the intervention in a couple of ways. Since they have to pay more, why not pay even more to a person who can produce as much as two people. Another is to use automation to replace the now too expensive employee. Mandates don’t happen in a vacuum. Two Of The Worlds Largest Employers Are Replacing Workers With Robots.

But Why Aren’t People Buying Electric Cars? at theburning platform.com. The auto industry can’t figure out why ‘stupid’ consumers won’t buy electric cars. Could it be because the cost of owning and operating an electric car (even with all the Gov. subsidies) is higher than owning and operating a gasoline powered car? Maybe the consumer is smarter than people think. Read – Electric Car Sales Crash Into Economic Reality.

Brexit Shows Why Central Planning Won’t Work, by Jason Morgan, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “As Ludwig von Mises demonstrated in Human Action, it isn’t that economic interventionism and central planning might not work, it’s that they cannot work. Why? Because we simply do not have the ability to predict human action in the future, either in the immediate future, or in a more intermediate future.” Unfortunately for us the solution to the failure of these tyrants politicians and bureaucrats plans is more of the same thing that failed.

Here We Go Again: An August 2007 Redux, by David Stockman, at mises.org. When central banks try to stop market corrections by printing money via credit expansion, they end up creating bubbles that will eventually have to be liquidated. Of course they will try to stop the market correction that was a result of their attempt to stop the first market correction. The dog chasing it’s tail.

Murray Rothbard vs. EU 1989, at economicpolicyjournal.com.

 

Americas Radical Revolution, by Murray Rothbard, at mises.org. Rothbards take on the American Revolution.

This Is A Toilet” US Rowing To Use Sewage Proof Suits At Rio Olympics, at zerohedge.com. People have asked me why the Olympic committee would have the games at a place like this. Why? Because the Olympic committee is probably just as corrupt as FIFA was with the world cup. The pollution at the Beijing Olympics four years ago was probably just as bad.

Sharp Shooting Army Vet Saves Bald Eagle Stuck Upside Down In A Tree, at tammybruce.com. A young eagle was caught in a rope dangling from a tree. An army vet shot the rope and freed the eagle. The army vet was initially worried he might get in trouble for shooting at an eagle if he attempted to shoot the rope. With the way the legal system is today, I think his fears were justified.

Must Reads For The Week 2/13/16

February 13, 2016

Economics Explained (In 1 Simple Cartoon), at zerohedge.com. Economics isn’t about what is good or bad. Each of us wants low prices when we are buyers, and higher prices when we are sellers. Prices reveal the subjective values of consumers and producers at any given point in time. Prices change when decisions by individuals change (of course government intervention is factored in by individuals when making their decisions). These price changes coordinate the activity of individuals on the market. So prices are neither good nor bad. They are part of the process that coordinates supply and demand.

 

The Minimum Wage Surged In 6 Cities Last Year. Then This Happened, at zerohedge.com. This is not complicated. When the minimum wage is artificially set above what the market will bear, the number of low wage workers employed decreases.

Welcome To The Recovery: 1 in 7 Americans (45.5 million) Remain On Food Stamps, at zerohedge.com. During the great depression people stood in soup lines to get food. Food stamps are the modern-day soup lines.

Measuring The Global ECONOMIC Temperature, by Mark Thornton, at mises.org. The shrinking demand for oil, even at bargain basement prices, and shrinking demand for shipping world-wide isn’t a good sign.

The Cozy Relationship Between The Treasury And The Fed, by David Howden, at mises.org. The Federal Reserve funds government by purchasing  Treasury bills (debt). The interest the Fed receives from its debt purchases is paid to the U.S. Treasury after the Feds costs are paid for. Not a bad deal for the US Government!

A Surprising Opponent Of The War On Cash, at eonomicpolicyjournal.com. Excerpt from the article: “...politicians and bureaucrats and their crony banksters actually fear and loathe cash because it protects personal and financial privacy of law-abiding citizens and facilitates the preservation of their wealth in the face of mass political surveillance, negative interest rates, bail-ins and other crimes against liberty and property perpetrated by government.”

Want To Deposit Cash At J P Morgan Chase? Be Ready To Show Your ID, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Another example of banks not wanting to deal with cash.

Latest Report From The Frontlines Of The Bankster War On Cash, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Citi-Bank follows J P Morgan in the war on cash.

Mandatory Depression Screening Is A Depressing Thought, by Ron Paul, at lewrockwell.com. If individuals in government can have people diagnosed as being depressed, they can mandate certain things that the particular “depressed” person is not allowed to do as well as what he is allowed to do. Not very comforting, is it?

Lawmakers Accuse Feds Of “Stealth Land Grab” To Stop Arizona Mine Project, by Michael Bashtasch, at libertarianrepublic.com. This is what happens when government gets too big. Federal agencies can make up a law that will stop private citizens from doing what the bureaucrats don’t want them to do. Just another example of tyrannical government

Oklahoma Schools Put Up Signs Warning Of Armed Staff, by Micha Fleck, at thelibertarianrepublic.com. The superintendent didn’t want the school to be a soft target, so some of their staff is armed. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun!

College Installs “Gender Neutral” Bathrooms But Makes Them Handicapped Inaccessible, at thefederalistpapers.org. It’s always interesting to me to see the order the left lists its protected groups on its scale of values. Apparently some groups are more equal than others. I have a question; what’s the standard used to weigh the handicapped against the transgendered?

Some Cartoons From theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Must Reads For The Week 8/15/15

August 14, 2015

The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Fed Finally Figures Out Soaring Student Debt Is Reason For Exploding College Costs, at zerohedge.com. The Fed has figured out that when money, from debt and money printing, is injected into a particular area of the economy, it raises the price (creates a bubble). Does this revelation hold true for all of the Feds printed money that has gone into the stock market?

The Doctor Won’t See You Now, at Forbes.com.  The laws of economics will be strictly obeyed.  The money quote from the article, “Many exchange policies limit patients’ choices of doctors and hospitals in order to keep premiums down in the face of Obamacare’s intrusive regulations and costly mandates.”  Who could have predicted that?

Navajo Nation Vows To Hold EPA Accountable, at zerohedge.com.  The EPA is responsible for releasing 1 Million, 3 Million gallons of toxic waste water into Colorado’s Animus River.  Like all Government agencies they are currently blaming the contractor for the accident.  Tough luck for New Mexico and Utah who are downstream from the toxic release.  I haven’t heard a peep from the media or environmental groups about this.  I guess it’s neither illegal nor a big deal if the government does it.  I wish the Navajo nation good luck in any lawsuit.  It’s great to be the tyrant, king!

Did EPA Intentionally Poison Animus River To Secure SuperFund Money?, at zerohedge.com.  It appears that a retired geologist predicted that the EPA would foul the Animus River a week before it actually occurred.  The implications of his accusations are chilling.  Never let a good crisis go to waste?

The Battle Intensifies: Police Raid Uber’s Hong Kong Office, at economicpolicyjournal.com.  Car Wars! Return of the Jitneys continues.  At this point, a rational government would realize they can’t put the genie back in the bottle.  Protecting special interests always trumps rationality but it can’t defeat the basic laws of economics.

Going Breadless in Venezuela, at economicpolicyjournal.com.  Socialism and price controls rear their ugly head again as bread shortages are the new norm in Venezuela.  Weren’t there food riots last week?  Don’t they have a toilet paper shortage as well?  Hey, let them eat cake!  Sorry, that’s reserved for the rulers.

Minimum Wage Effect?, at Carpe Diem Blog.  January to June job losses for Seattle area restaurants reaches 1300.  While there are many reasons for declining employment, artificially raising the price of labor means you will have less of it.  Businesses must make adjustments to increased costs.  My guess is that one unintended consequence will be less tipping for servers.

China’s Currency Policy: Devastating Manipulation or a Form of Generous Foreign Aid to Americans?, at Carpe Diem Blog.  This is a very different take on China’s recent efforts to devalue their currency.  Government intervention in currency whether it is printing counterfeit money, zero point interest rates, fractional reserve banking, or devaluing will always have unforeseen and negative consequences.  As for devaluing currency, how do you jump off a cliff halfway?

The Disturbing Messages In Police Recruiting Videos, at The Washington Post.  You don’t have to watch all the videos to get the point.  Why would you stress violent confrontation in your recruiting videos?  Even the Marine Corps doesn’t do that and they have the best military recruiting videos bar none.  If it is part of the recruiting tactics then it is likely the emphasis of their training.  When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Make sure you check out the last recruiting video by the Decatur Alabama police.  Quite the difference!

Serfdom USA!, at economicpolicyjournal.com.  Let’s end the week with some laughs.  This is for all of the true Austrian Economics Addicts out there.

 

Must Read “Leftovers”

July 28, 2015

The Newest Obamacare Fail: Penalties of $36,500 Per Worker, at economicpolicyjournal.com. This new IRS penalty is a result of different interpretations of the Affordable Care Act. Or is it a money grab by the IRS. We should not be surprised that a 2500 page bill that allows bureaucrats to make more laws as they desire could be interpreted differently by the IRS. Since the IRS had to be expanded to enforce the Obamacare fine/tax, logic would follow that they have to find more money law breakers to justify their existence. Because there wasn’t enough money mined from the tax payers as only 6.6 Million Americans Were Forced To Pay The Individual Mandate Tax In 2014 for a total of only $1.2 billion. That’s chump change when you’re talking 3 plus trillion in government spending.

“Fannie And Freddie Are Back Bigger And Badder Than Ever“: NY Times Warns, at zerohedge.com. The only difference this time is “the government has decided to “sweep” almost all the duo’s profits into its own coffers, to be used as a slush fund for general government expenses“. This won’t end well will it! “What do you expect to happen when the people responsible for running the economy into the ground are rewarded with bailouts and deemed “Too Big To Jail?”

Paul Krugman On The Minimum Wage: 1998 vs 2015. by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Let’s go to the replay official!…… “Upon further review Krugman’s view on the minimum wage is…….”

“Why I Don’t Tip In Seattle” Left For Bartender, at imgur.com. You can’t raise the minimum wage in a vacuum. There will be consequences that many couldn’t even foresee, like not tipping.

A Criminal Inquiry Is Being Sought Over Hillary Clinton’s E-Mail Use, at targetliberty.com. Two inspectors general are asking the justice department to investigate Hillary Clinton. I don’t expect anything to be done because the Clintons are above the law. But as this scandal drags on, Hillary may not escape being found guilty in the court of public opinion.

IRS Agents Rob Convenient Store,  video from Institute for Justice.

No comment needed.

Lets End With A Positive Story

Black Cop: Why I Helped That White Supremacist, at usatoday.com. The people of South Carolina didn’t riot after blacks were killed in a church by a racist. Officer Leroy Smith gives everyone a lesson on how to handle the situation when he helps a man who was suffering from heat stroke at a KKK rally. South Carolina must have a different set of values than a lot of other places in this country, like Ferguson and Baltimore. Actions speak louder than words.

Must Reads For The Week 6/27/15

June 27, 2015
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

I’d Never Make It As A Politicians Aid, by Chris Rossini, at targetliberty.com. Looking at the minimum wage from a different prospective. Logical consistency by politicians is not a requirement for holding office.

Instead Of Killing America’s Shale Revolution With Increased Production, The Saudis Have Jump Started Shale 2.0, by Mark J. Perry at carpediemblog. We are the most productive and innovative people on the planet. Saudi Arabia doesn’t know who they picked a fight with. The only entity that can snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory is our Federal Government.

Jeff Immelt, The Jobs Czar From Hell Threatens To Off-Shore Jobs Unless Ex-Im Bank Is Extended, at davidstockmanscontracorner.com. The Export-Import bank finances big corporate exports to make them competitive abroad. What are the odds of congress letting the Ex-Im renewal date go by the wayside? Slim to none. Your tax dollars being used to prop up big business. This is nothing more than corporate welfare, and Immelt is a welfare pimp.

A Chip That Mimics Human Organs Is The Design Of The Year, by Liz Stinson, at wired.com. Organs on chips? These chips mimic human organs and decreased dependence on animal testing and decreases the time and cost of developing drugs.

Scientists Invent Artificial Leg That Allows Amputees To Feel Real Sensations, at odditycentral.com. The title says it all.

Vatican Bans Skeptical Scientist From Climate Summit, at targetliberty.com. I guess the Pope didn’t want his “infallibility” challenged.

Buying A Car Could Soon Be A Thing Of The Past, And Ford Is Desperate To Find Out What’s Next, by Drew Harwell, at washingtonpost.com. Ford is thinking out side the box about the future of sales.

5 Eye Opening Facts And Figures On No Knock Warrants, by Sean Piccoli, at newsmax.com. Only 7% of no knock warrants were for hostage crisis, barricades, or active shooters. The other 93% probably shouldn’t have been issued.

Myths Of American Gun Violence, by John Lott, at nydailynews.com. “After adjusting for America’s much larger population, we see that many European countries have higher rates of death in mass shootings.” John Lott is the go to guy on gun statistics.

Greece Illustrates 150 Years Of Socialist Failure In Europe, by Patrick Barron, at patrickbarron.blogspot.com. Excerpt from the article, “Socialism will not work, whether in one country, a multi-state region such as Europe, or the entire world. Ludwig von Mises explained that socialism is not an alternative economic system. It is a program for consumption. It tells us nothing about economic production.”

Monty’s Musings, at economicnoise.com. A few examples. – “Government can’t create prosperity, but it can destroy it.” -“Most academicians have been educated well beyond their level of competence.” – “Nothing moral can be achieved via coercion.”

LETS FINISH WITH SOME LAUGHTER

Abbot And Costello Explain The Unemployment Situation, at zerohedge.com. Using the “Who’s on first” schtick to explain how Government calculates the unemployment rate.

This clip of Carnac  brings back good memories of Johnny and Ed making me laugh. This has nothing to do with anything other than laughter.

 

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/14/14

June 14, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

 

Rehypothecation Evaporation Concerns Grow, As Copper Plunges Most In Three Months, at zerohedge.com. Rehypothecation is simply selling claims on a commodity, a good, a product, etc, above the amount that exists. If the owner of the Mona Lisa wants to store the painting in your art warehouse, you give him a receipt for the painting. This receipt is a claim on a particular painting by the owner, to be redeemed at any time. What if you make a counterfeit receipt and sell it. There are now two claims on the Mona Lisa. If you own a grain elevator, farmers will store their corn, measured in bushels, in your bins, and you give them a receipt for X amount of bushels to be redeemed at any time. You don’t have to give the farmer back the exact bushels of corn he brought in because bushels of corn are homogenous, unlike the Mona Lisa. What if you started selling counterfeit receipts for the corn? What if you have twice as many claims on bushels of corn as you have bushels of corn in your grain bins?  Your theft will remain hidden until such time that you don’t have enough corn to cover a receipt that is presented. The rehypothecation of copper, and the examples of the Mona Lisa and the bushels of corn, are examples of  how our Fractional Reserve Banking System works. Banks can loan out 10 times the amount of money they hold in reserve. If they have $1million in reserve, they can loan out $10 million. Money never exchanges hands, it is transferred electronically when a check {warehouse receipt} is presented. Its a sweet deal for the banks because they get to collect interest on the electronically printed counterfeit money {warehouse receipts}. Unfortunately this counterfeit money has been released in the market and is causing the unintended consequences of misallocating scarce resources and inflation. Read  more about this topic in my article here.

Texas Mom Outraged Because Her Daughters School Won’t Allow Sunscreen, by Rebecca Klein, at huffingtonpost.com. I love it when the rules central planners make come into conflict with each other. In this case officials at the district banned sunscreen because it is a toxic substance. But what about the central planners who have regulated tanning bed use by minors because of the possible danger of skin cancer. Central planners are all or nothing rule makers. They don’t understand that life consists of tradeoffs. But more importantly they don’t understand that decisions concerning these kinds of trade offs should be made by each individual or in this case the parent.  In this case the individual has to trade off one danger, the risk of the toxicity of the sunscreen against the risk of getting skin cancer. As I have learned from reading Thomas Sowell, their are no categorical solutions, just incremental trade offs. Central planners don’t understand that the more incremental decisions they take away from individuals, and make them categorical decisions for everybody, {except for themselves} the more strife they create between us and them.

LET’S LOOK AT MINIMUM WAGE REALITY

1) A Report From The Bakken Oil Fields, Where The Jobless Rate Is 0.9% And WalMart Is Paying 2.4 Times The Minimum Wage, by Mark J. Perry, at aei-ideas.org. The Federal minimum wage rate is $7:25, as is North Dakotas minimum wage rate. Will the central planners, at the federal and state levels, mandate that the wages of these workers at the bottom of the wage scale be dropped to $7:25 an hour just to be “fair” to the other minimum wage workers in other states?  Or should the central planners pass a law that mandates a maximum level of the minimum wage? These planners apparently have more knowledge about what wages should be than the knowledge the market can bring to bear on wage rates. The market in North Dakota is obviously wrong for paying these low skilled workers over double what the mandated minimum wage is. Don’t these central planners exist to correct the inequalities produced in the market?

2) Seattle Business Charges “Living Wage” Tax In Response To $15 Minimum Wage Hike, by Jessica Chasmar, at washingtimes.com. Plans by central planners can’t work like the planners planned. Why? Because there is still enough of a free market remaining that businesses have options other than just paying the new minimum wage rate. They can raise prices like this company, they can replace labor with technology. they can replace low skilled low wage labor with more productive higher skilled higher wage labor, or they can look to cut costs elsewhere in the production process. If raising the minimum wage for low skilled labor would increase production and profit, businesses would already be paying a higher wage, just like what is happening in North Dakota because of the oil boom.

NOW LETS HAVE SOME LAUGHS

12 Things Men Do Differently Than Women, at economicpolicyjournal.com.

Pee Wee Obama, at theburningplatform.com. I’ve been trying hard not to do this, but I can’t help myself.

Compare this video of President Working Out In Polish Gym, to this, Olivia Newton John, Physical video.

I saw these cartoons at theburningplatform.com.

WHEN THESE POWER PLANTS CLOSE, WHERE WILL THE ELECTRICITY COME FROM?

149321 600 Rates Skyrocket cartoons

 COAL POWERED CARS, I PADS, AND I PHONES

149426 600 Coal Industry cartoons

SOCIALIZED MEDICINE BY ANY OTHER  NAME…..

149459 600 Making Obamacare Look Good cartoons