Minimum wage cronyism

I guess there is more than one way to skin a cat, but when you have a government system that is predicated on the idea of the big government machine ultimately picking winners & losers, people should not be surprised that practically all the “good things” the big government types push for involve someone carving themselves some special niche. Case in point the recent CA minimum wage hike which was heavily pushed by a whole slew of SJW types as helping people out. Sure they all told you this was the decent thing to do and that everyone opposing it had a nefarious agenda of their own – after all, SJW types point out that the only people that would argue against helping those making minimum wage out, are those that want to profit by robbing these unfortunates of their earned income – but, sooner than later, it comes out they had one of their own.

Yeah, the SJW big government types love to take the credit for helping minimum wage earners make more cash, but only an idiot thinks they do this to help/ Case in point the union that pushed the hardest for this new legislation, asking for an exemption for themselves from it:

The labor union that led the charge for a $15 minimum wage hike in cities across California is now moving to secure an exemption for employers under union contracts.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor buried the exemption on the eighth page of its 12-page proposal for the Santa Monica City Council to review Tuesday while deciding whether to follow Los Angeles and increase the minimum wage.

The loophole would allow employers with collective bargaining agreements to sidestep the wage hike and pay their union members below the proposed $15-per-hour minimum wage.

James Sherk, a research fellow in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, said the exemption is a union attempt to encourage businesses to unionize by making themselves the only low-wage option as union membership continues to drop off.

Oh, this is far more than about encouraging others to unionize: it is about creating an unfair advantage for the unionized entities by actually creating a huge disadvantage for those that are not unionized. As most of us that knew higher minimum wages would negatively distort economic practices pointed out, the lies about wanting to help people were just that: lies. There always is a down and dirty agenda, and as things like this despicable maneuver shows it is always really about helping the big government nanny-staters enhance their power and create even more opportunities for graft.

The only real effect this move to jack the minimum wage to $15 an hour will have on way too many minimum wage earners will be the chance that they end up losing their jobs, as employers cut down or switch to use unionized labor. Similarly, people trying to get minimum wage low skilled entry jobs will find far fewer of those available. Ask the people in Seattle how well it worked for them. But hey, the big government types and their special interests sure as hell scored big with this job killing idea. Of course, when someone in traditional media finally gets to reporting that this was just another scheme to help the people feeding at the government trough steal more money from the productive, those of us that pointed out there was some ulterior and nefarious motive, are going to be the ones painted in a bad light again.

Got to protect the agenda…

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  1. InsipiD

    I’d like to know how the union could make an argument that it had done anything beneficial to its members who make less than minimum wage.  That’s a squirmy argument that I would love for them to have to make on camera.

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  2. Hal_10000

    I’d like to know how the union could make an argument that it had done anything beneficial to its members who make less than minimum wage.

    Mainly conspire with the Democrats to pick up the taxpayers of California, turn them over, hold them by the ankles and shake them vigorously to see if they can get any more money out of them.

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  3. AlexInCT *

    Yeah. I was totally off base when I accused unions of using concern for the poors to advance their agenda.

    Actually, you were not, but if you failed to add that the unions did this in cahoots with the democratic machine, which has made a lucrative practice doing this across the board with practically everything it does, then you only told half the story.

    The left’s political machine is based on appeals to feelings – do it for the poor, the children, the elderly, the disenfranchised, the abused, the marginalized, the oppressed, and to stick it to the oppressors – and it has worked very well to get the envious and the jealous to give them, and keep them, in power, so they can shake down the productive. It is not coincidental that western civilization is imploding as the selected few members of the new political aristocracy have abrogated more and more power and enacted more of these things that have made them rich and set them above the law. Collectivism beyond the family unit is mankind’s bane.

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