Economic Illiteracy Tour Comes to New Jersey

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.

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4 Responses to “Economic Illiteracy Tour Comes to New Jersey”


  1. 1 Kelli July 16, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Do you even know what the minimum wage is? As of next week, it will be $6.55 an hour. That comes to about $13,600 a year for one person. Do you think YOU could live off of that? Try living off of about $1000 for ONE month, and then see what you have to say about the minimum wage.

    The purpose of minimum wage is to help the poorest in our country just survive. And it barely does that. But this is typical republican thinking – who cares about the other guy, as long as you have what you want, right? And then the cycle of poverty can continue, because once your born into a poor family, chances are you won’t have the opportunities available to really improve your situation greatly.

    It’s typical republican to criticize raising the minimum wage, as though low skill workers don’t deserve even that much, and we should let the economy drive what their wages are. You said that you cannot advance in the work force if you’re not in it. Well news to you – you cannot SURVIVE if you’re in a work force that pays you less than our current minimum wage (and even with the current minimum, its a struggle).

  2. 2 Anonymous July 16, 2008 at 11:44 am

    The last time I checked, Democrats are in control of all of the inner cities, where poverty exists. Yet they are constantly re-elected and constantly don’t do anything to help impoverished people. Minimum wage was set up so many years ago because at that time people could live off $2.00 an hour, now they cannot which is why minimum wage is obsolete. Instead of raising minimum wage we need to abolish it so that more people can make more money.

    And as for you Kelli, and your twisted way of thinking. Republicans believe in school selection and getting kids out of the hood and poverty stricken communities. Democrats don’t give a shit and say, “here poor people, take our money free of charge but don’t ask us for help in any other way”. The typical Republican tries to help all people and the typical Democrat just doesn’t give a shit about anyone.

  3. 3 Kelli July 18, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Interesting – poverty only exists in inner cities? It might interest you to know that the top 3 towns/cities in lowest per capita income in the U.S. are all rural towns in Texas. And we all know what a democrat stronghold that area is. I will concede that inner-city often means poor, but not only does the “inner city” afford more job opportunities that pay often better than minimum wage, but there are also a ton of programs in these areas available to the community, such as Head Start, Food stamps/WIC, TANF and many other programs to fight poverty – incidentally, many of these programs (which do far more than “hand out free money”) were initiated by democtratic administrations.

    And, by the way, the only educational reform I’ve seen the Republicans come out with in recent history is No Child Left Behind. I think even you would agree that this hasn’t exactly been a shining success.

  4. 4 Bobby July 18, 2008 at 11:02 am

    As a reply to ‘anonymous,’ the fact that you say, and i quote, “Republicans believe in school selection and getting kids out of the hood” shows your true colors. First of all, i am sure you have never been to “the hood” and assume that when the Republicans say they are doing all these things for the ‘less fortunate’ people you blindly accept that at face value without any firsthand knowledge or experience in this area. Getting kids ‘out of the hood’ is not the answer, we need to improve these areas so that these kids can grow up in safer and less poverty-stricken environments. I can go and quote all the things that the Democrats have actually done, but I feel that your ignorance speaks for itself.


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