Saying it doesn't make it so

© 2016 Jim Spence - Barack Obama once said that the minimum wage should be enough feed a family of four. Of all the stupid things Obama has said, this is the dumbest. It is as if Obama thinks that the level of SKILLS one has developed is unrelated to basic compensation levels. This is classic Democrat ass-backwards thinking. In their fantasy worlds, Democrats insist that the government should determine the wage levels first, and the skills of the employees are an afterthought for the market to figure out.
Here is a little advice. If all you are qualified for is a zero skill job, you might want to develop some more attractive skills first, and put off the procreating until later, because minimum wage laws won't help you.
What are employers willing to pay young, inexperienced teenagers, with no skills? The answer is so much less than what government's artificial minimum wage, that employers simply won’t hire them. And if they are on the payroll when artificial pricing of wages kick in, many lose their jobs. Regardless of what Democrats wish for, the minimum wage is zero. It will always be zero. Employers live in the real world not a fantasy world.
Democrat-dominated Seattle passed a law that hikes the minimum wage to $15 an hour in steps over the next couple of years. The results were predictable. Too many workers who were not worth what employers had to pay to keep them, began losing their jobs. The law should have been named, “The incentive for self-service kiosks and robot development law.”
Not long after the Seattle wage law was passed, the University of Washington engaged in a lengthy in-depth study on the effects. Predictably, researchers were poised last month to issue a report that found the law actually hurt instead of helped, the wage earners at the bottom of the skill ladder.
Remarkably, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who did not “like” the advance notice of what the scientific findings were, contacted University of California Berkeley professor Michael Reich. Reich, a research findings for hire guy, was willing to come up with "different" findings for Mayor Murray on short notice with no data. Reich agreed to counter the effects of the University of Washington study. Unfortunately for the quashing of science, the emails between Reich and Murray were made public. The response by the Democrats was to attack the real researchers despite the fact they used authentic data and employed academic rigor while Mr. Reich played the role of scammer.
What the likes of Barack Obama and the Seattle mayor rendering young people unemployable actually does, is increase the idle time for young people. This happens during the stage of their lives when young people should be learning to develop solid work habits.
We all know young men and women who don’t have jobs. We know that many of them are up at all hours of the night. What many do not know is millions of young people are addicted to and playing video games instead of developing useful skills. For many hours every day, instead of focusing on academics, millions of young people, mostly young men.....play games. Sadly, the technology/programming associated with video gaming has progressed faster than young people’s job skills. The result of combining artificially high wage laws with the availability of nifty gaming programs is a sociological disaster. We have millions of young people who are unemployable.
Kimberly Young, PsyD, clinical director of the Center for On-Line Addiction and author of Caught in the Net: How to Recognize the Signs of Internet Addiction -- and a Winning Strategy for Recovery says, "I've had so many parents call me over the last year or two, particularly about the role-playing games online. It's a clinical impulse control disorder." It is becoming obvious that gaming can become an addiction in the same sense as compulsive gambling. It is clearly an epidemic.
Here is the point. With the help of Democrats, who dumbly think they can simply make a law that artificially jacks up the value of unskilled labor, we are screwing up our society. Because many forms of unskilled labor are NOT worth anywhere near minimum wage, young people are economically excluded from entering the workforce. Instead of developing skill they develop entitlement mentalities. And they have plenty of time to get themselves addicted to playing video games. This insures that they will remain non-productive for many years.
Nobody can GIVE a human being real self-esteem. Real self-esteem must be earned though fulfilling potential in the work force. We deny our young people the opportunity to gain all that comes with a understanding work ethic. And as we do so, we all pay for this stupidity. Even those of us who already knew, without a government research project, that "saying" an hour of unskilled labor is worth $15........doesn't make it so. What a travesty.

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