• So.

    The Times recommends a national minimum wage of $15, citing states such as Alabama and Mississippi where an adult with one child requires the equivalent of $20 an hour to meet the cost of living.

    The nutty Times thus one-ups Zeus’ punishment of Tantalus.

  • The progressives never forgave Bill Clinton for signing welfare reform, and embarked on a sustained two-pronged campaign to reverse it:
    (1) ever-easier qualifications for disability pensions without work requirements, and
    (2) a super-minimum wage that prices the unskilled out of the labor market. Once it is in place, there will be truth to the excuse that the reason welfare recipients don’t work is that there are no jobs for them.

    • It’s the unions that are pushing this Hugo. Almost every place that is raising their minimum wage has an exemption for union employees. A few months ago I watched a staged protest at a McDonald’s. At 11:30 AM several vans from a day labor company pulled up and about thirty people got out. Another van from a union local pulled up and started handing out signs. at 11:45 AM, two television news vans pull up and start videoing the “protest”. They are there for about 10 minutes and leave. As soon as they leave, the signs are collected and the people get back into the vans and leave.

      Remember one other thing. Union pay rates are tied into the “prevailing wage”. when the minimum wage goes up so does the “prevailing wage”.

  • Hugo,

    Or, sadly, they will simply blame it on racist profiteers “withholding” jobs from deserving applicants.

  • Unfortunately, 1987 was 28 years ago, not 18…..how I wish it were 18.

    • Yikes! Fixed now, thanks.

  • Why $15 an hour? Make it $30.

    • If you’re going to be silly, why $30? Why not $10,000,000

  • What is the hourly wage of all the people who the NY Times has laid off over the past few years? You’d think that, given what has happened in their own newsroom, the reporters left at the NYT would have figured out that with any business, no profits means no jobs. But, I guess that idea is too complicated for J-majors to grasp.

    • I rather doubt that any NYT reporters are paid on an hourly basis. The staff reporters are probably all paid on a salary basis. They may have a few semi-independents who are paid on a piece work (per story) basis.