Shit comes back to bite you in the ass. The other day I had a post up on how the idiots in charge of Washington D.C. had passed a measure demanding Walmart pay any employees working in D.C. a based on a mythological leftist monster akin to the Lernaean Hydra of Greek mythology that they referred to as a living wage. Yeah, people that live in the real world and understand economics immediately would point out the absurdity of the concept and that there is no such thing. Now we find out, in a delicious but ironic twist of events, that people that live in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones:
Last week, the Council approved a measure that would require Walmart and other large retailers doing business in the District to pay a “living wage” of $12.50 per hour.
But… uh oh. Hypocrisy alert.
District government pays less than $12.50 per hour.
According to the D.C. Department of Human Resources, some full-time school maintenance workers and custodians make $11.75 per hour. The rate for a clerk at the University of the District of Columbia is $10.40.
Council members went to great lengths to criticize Walmart’s pay scale. They should have taken care of their own business first.
The Council’s thinking is flawed on other accounts, too. Their law targets Walmart while exempting other businesses from paying higher salaries.
Here is a better idea: Raise the current minimum wage in D.C. — $8.25 per hour — for every worker. Scale it up incrementally over time.
As if this wasn’t blatantly obvious that what the D.C. autocrats did was specifically targeted at fucking over Walmart, and entity the left abhors, because its business model flies in the face of all the faerie tales about labor, wealth redistribution, empowering the poor through government handouts, and centralized administrative economics, and had nothing to do with helping anyone. But it bears repeating to point out that whenever you see leftists grandstanding about some bullshit, it is very likely they are the worst enablers or agents of whatever they are so pissed of at.