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.

The Minimum Wage Struggle: Bootleggers and Baptists

By Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle, The Federalist

In recent weeks, minimum wage workers protesting their low-wage status have marched in the streets in more than 100 U.S. cities. For example, workers in Charleston SC blocked a main thoroughfare, insisting they be paid $15/hr and receive union membership.

Leftovers at the NLRB

The Wall Street Journal

A unanimous Supreme Court this year rejected President Obama’s three non-recess recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board as an abuse of executive authority, but hey, no worries. One of those illegal appointees is now getting her second chance to be confirmed by the Senate.

A Great Plan To Destroy Teen Jobs

By Stephen Moore and Joel Griffith, Forbes

The protesters hit the streets again this week in major cities camping in front of fast food stores and demanding a rise in the minimum wage. We don’t know how many of these agitators actually work at the minimum wage and how many are just community organizers, but the political pressure to raise the wage floor is being turned up.