Author: Rory B. Bellow
World famous economic illiterate, failed Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidate, poverty huckster and connoisseur of fine hairstyles John Edwards graced the Garden State with his presence on his quest to destroy the American economy.
The idea that the government can cut poverty in half in ten years is so laughable that it should not be taken seriously. Here is a news flash: Someone is always going to be poor. Even if we accomplished the goal of every Democrat drawing breath and we redistributed the wealth of the world equally amongst all people, eventually the people who were good at trade would end up with more and the people who were not, well not so much.
What needs to exist is a system where people can climb the economic ladder. Raising the minimum wage is like providing a ladder without the bottom few rungs. You snatch the chance for low skill workers to have gainful employment because when you raise prices, people demand less. Paying people, not what they are actually worth, but what some government busy body thinks they are is the surest way to keep people poor, unemployed and with no chance of advancement. You cannot advance in the work force if you are not in it. Collectivists like the minimum wage for two reasons. The first is that it makes them feel good about themselves. The second and more dastardly reason is that it gives them one more lever of power over economic decision-making. Stripping the ability of willing sellers and willing buyers to meet in the market place and come to an amicable resolution puts us one step closer to a totalitarian, centrally planned economy. One day people in this country are going to wake up and realize all of their freedom is gone and it was not a foreign power that took it, they themselves willingly handed it over to the leviathan.