Seattle Mayor Details Plan for $15 Minimum Wage
Mayor Ed Murray presented on Thursday what he described as an imperfect but workable plan to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, more than twice the federal minimum wage and one of the highest anywhere in the nation, through a series of complex and phased-in stages. Just as crucially, he said, the plan has broad political support, with a coalition of labor and business groups ready to push hard for it at the City Council, starting with the first hearings next week.
But the plan, which in many other cities might be seen as a liberal Democratic agenda at the frontier of social and economic engineering, was immediately attacked not from the mayor’s right, but from his left.
Attacked because it wasn't aggressive enough, you see. The left in Seattle apparently looks at Stalinist Russia and thinks, "Boy, those guys were onto something. If only they weren't so right-wing." It's the same sort of thing that keeps Obama's approval rating so low: Republicans disagree with him, so naturally they don't approve; however a good chunk of the left doesn't think he's pushing us into Socialism fast enough, so they don't approve either...
I've got a great idea! Let's raise the minimum wage to $100 an hour! That way, everyone will make six figure salaries and no one will ever be poor again! What could possibly go wrong? Stores won't raise their prices INSTANTLY to make up the lost money in wages, right? It really stuns me that *anyone* thinks this way, it really does.
Look, if you're in a job that pays minimum wage, it does that for a reason. That reason, basically, is that any trained chimp or four year old child could do that job. If there are no advancement opportunities or periodic raises/bonuses based on performance, odds are they will have a damn hard time keeping people working there. If you do work there and are complaining about the low wages, well, we can't fix stupid.
Like, say, the mayor of Seattle.
That is all.
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