Deconstructing Bad Ideas: Minimum Wage

By Jeff Rhodes, Freedom Foundation

The notion that the government, in its infinite wisdom, should be the one to decide what it’s fair to pay workers in the private sector is one of the most cherished—and unsupportable—ideas in all of liberaldom.

How Can Illinois Get Back on Its Feet?

National Right to Work Committee

From January 2009, just a few months before the trough of the 2008-2009 recession, through July 2014, seasonally-adjusted nonfarm payroll employment across the U.S. increased by 5.0 million, or 3.8%. By historical standards, this is a very weak recovery.

Open the school board meetings

By Erika Stutzman, dailycamera.com

Proposition 104 would change the Colorado statutes to make school board meetings, and meetings between district representatives and teachers’ unions, open to the public if collective bargaining is to be discussed.

Minimum wage, maximum perversion

By Antony Davies & James R. Harrigan, triblive.com

Seattle’s Freedom Socialist Party recently advertised for a part-time web designer, offering $13 an hour. The problem? That very group advocates a $20 minimum wage. Doug Barnes, the party’s national secretary, was pretty clear on the matter, saying “We can’t pay a lot more than $13.” He just wants a law requiring everyone else to do so.

Minimum Wage Backfire

The Wall Street Journal

If there’s a silver lining for McDonald’s in Tuesday’s dreadful earnings report, it is that perhaps union activists will begin to understand that the fast-food chain cannot solve the problems of the Obama economy.