Good Lord: the death of the work ethic is upon us
Which shouldn’t be too big a surprise, as it is most famously being displayed by our current President. [DOG WHISTLE ALERT!] To that end, here’s what White House Economic Adviser Gene Sperling had to say about the glories of raising the minimum wage (courtesy CNS News):
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 will help “people who just want to work hard,” but it also will help those who want to “work less,” White House economic adviser Gene Sperling told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.
He argued that Americans support raising the minimum wage because it will lift “struggling” families out of poverty:
“But they also know what it’s like to see a friend, a neighbor, where one spouse goes back to work, who would prefer maybe not to work. Maybe they’re working part-time just to supplement the family’s income. And they think, if that family member is making that sacrifice — spending less time with the child — then they should be making a decent living or be able to work less because they’re getting a decent wage.”
Of course, the premise here is that one spouse who would prefer maybe not to work shouldn’t have to — that the rest of us should be supporting these people through wealth redistribution and government manipulation of labor markets. That is, price control.
But what Sperling doesn’t mention is that there are those — believe it or not — who really do want to work, who really don’t feel comfortable living of the labor of others, even after its washed clean through the government, and that those people will not be able to find jobs, because minimum wage increases are job killers.
But Sperling wasn’t done merely with twisting sloth into nobility. Now, nobility is also granted those who are content to remain in jobs meant to be temporary, low-wage stepping stones to future employment opportunities. Says Sperling,
“These are people who just want to work hard and support their family. That’s why Americans support increasing the minimum wage — that’s why the president supports it.”
— And yet were this the case, they would be looking for second jobs, or to move on and up, either within the company or outside of it with a new employer.
As I reminded the Democratic Congressdouche from NC yesterday, the number of people trying to support their families on a minimum wage income who don’t also receive other types of government benefits or “earned income credits” is about nil. So this is a straw man argument.
The President supports minimum wage increases because they are a sop to the unions. They will increase unemployment among the young, among minorities, and among the already working poor. And they will also be paid for by the public, both through higher taxes and the higher cost of products produced by labor that costs more per hour than a free market would determine it should cost.
This isn’t even capitalism. It’s a command and control economy. It’s Marxism made emotionally palatable to a charitable people who really do want to help their neighbors.
And it’s disgusting and immoral.