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Fla. Democrats' Fight for Minimum Wage Ignores Facts

Fla. Democrats' Fight for Minimum Wage Ignores Facts

By Sunday, 08 November 2015 09:58 AM Current | Bio | Archive

A group of 18 Florida politicians has decided to make a public statement, a demonstration for “social justice."

These 18 Democrats have decided to live on $17 a day to promote a bill in the legislature that would force employers to pay employees a minimum of $15 per hour, regardless of whether or not the employee’s job skills merited $15 per hour.

It’s another example of Democrats expressing their concern and fighting for the little man by using someone else’s money for ammunition.

They grab the credit and we get the bill.

Let’s ignore for now the rich irony of politicians from a party noted for its spendthrift ways demanding the increase from the current $8.05 per hour because, according to Rep. Darryl Rouson quoted in the Daily Caller, “People need to be more than just the working poor, they need to be able to save.”

Instead lets look at the math, which is always an adventure in spin for Democrats. Democrats will use the $17 for “food, transportation and anything else they might need.”

This number is supposed to represent “what a full-time minimum wage worker could expect to have left on a daily basis after basic living expenses.” Yet wouldn’t food come under the heading of “basic living expenses?” It certainly does at my house.

Second, there is no mention of lobbyists in the pledge. Since lobbyists are notorious for wining and dining politicians this looks like a loophole big enough to toss a Democrat through. Finally, who is going to be keeping track of the money? When it comes to spending it’s never a good policy to take a politician at his word.

The five–day demonstration is part of the “Fight for $15” movement that is backed by leftists and unions.

In California we’ve seen that unions often create a loophole in the ordinance that allows them to negotiate with employers to unionize the workforce and in return the employer can pay less than the new minimum wage.

It’s win–lose–lose: Unions get more members and more dues without a difficult organization campaign, employees are forced to join a union and don’t get the entire pay raise and customers pay more for the product.

In the short run the real danger in Florida is for the 18 Democrats. What if the voters decide that at $17 per day they are finally getting their money’s worth from politicians?

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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