Thursday, April 7, 2016

Bigger than the minimum wage

I am experiencing moral vertigo as I write this.

If you missed it, last week New York and California signed into law a $15 minimum wage law.

So my friend who owns a T-shirt printing business in El Centro California (where there is 20% unemployment) is in big trouble.  If he needs a high school kid to help him fold shirts he has to pay them $15 an hour - the equivalent of almost a full week's pay just ten miles away in Mexico.

Forbes thinks it is going to hurt us pretty badly - you can check it out here.

But these are first-world problems.  Have you even seen what is going on in the rest of the world while we wring our hands about $15 hourly wages, soda taxes and the Trump/Sanders/Hillary spectacle?

While we are over here trying to convince other state legislatures that we need to pay entry-level personnel the equivalent of a day's wage in Brazil or about a week in Russia (yes, you can check it all right here.)  - Isis continues to wreak havoc.

Today 300 people - mostly cement workers - were kidnapped by ISIS today outside of Damascus.  This follows on the heels of a report today that fifteen people were burned to death trying to flee Fallujah.  Burning people has become the Islamic State's favored dramatic way to execute victims.  Famine is so bad in Fallujah, Iraq that a woman made a video saying to the West, "bomb us or help us" - the conditions are so bad she either wants help or a quick exit from this life.

She was arrested and is being tortured.

I clicked on the link for the impassioned plea this woman was making.   Before I could view it I had to watch a short advertisement of a woman dancing around in next-to-nothing selling Proactiv for healthier skin.

What in the world is going on?

Seriously - God help us.

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