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Minimum Wage Archives

Will we learn the lesson *this* time?

The Jussie Smollett attack story has been shown to be something…well, less than accurate. But that didn’t stop the pundits and politicians from making broad pronouncements about the state of the country, and Republicans in general, as soon as the accusations were made. It exposed (again) how much the media really wants this narrative to be true.

And Lara Logan, formerly of CBS News, agrees that the media doesn’t just vote Left; it skews its reports left. Guess we won’t be seeing here on a network anytime soon.

And denizens of New York City restaurants are shocked that prices are going up…after a minimum wage hike. Is anyone paying attention there?

Mentioned links:

Yes, Jussie Smollett Lied

Stars Call for Justice as Jussie Smollett Recovers From Homophobic, Racist Attack

Hate-Crime Hoaxes Reflect America’s Sickness

Ex-CBS Star Lara Logan Calls Media ‘Mostly Liberal’ in Scorched Earth Interview: I’m Committing ‘Professional Suicide’

Former CBS Star Lara Logan Goes NUCLEAR on ‘Horsesh**’ ‘Propagandist’ Press

Full Lara Logan video 3 hours, 40 minutes. Media bias discussion starts at 2 hours, 16 minutes. [Language warning]

Some New Yorkers aren’t happy that $15 minimum wage has increased food prices

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Justice for Kelvin Cochran

I’ve got 2 “Reconsider This” segments this time out.

First I look back at the religious freedom issue that Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran faced, and how it was resolved recently.

Then another update on the Seattle minimum wage law. Studies that look at its effect have had another year to consider what’s happened. There are some winners and losers. Unfortunately, the losers include the very people for whom the minimum wage laws are supposed to help.

Mentioned links:

Kelvin Cochran bio

VICTORY! Atlanta Pays Ex-Fire Chief $1.2 Million in Religious Liberty Lawsuit

Atlanta fire chief gets $1.2 million settlement: Journalists still avoid all Bible references

Here’s Who Was Helped — And Who Was Hurt — By Seattle’s Minimum Wage Increase

Episode 184: Reconsidering Stevie Wonder, San Bernardino, and Seattle [Consider This!]

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a area of the ocean where garbage, mostly plastics, converges. Where is all this coming from? The answer may surprise you.

I’ve talked about, in the past, the problems that a hike in the minimum wage causes, but the Canadian province of Ontario has figured out a way to make it hurt the disabled even worse.

I’ve also talked about studies that show that those who think it is not the government’s job to take care of the poor are more often the same people who pitch in more of their own time and money to help. Now it turns out that this also holds true for environmentalism.

Mentioned links:

The Podcast Awards

Shocking study reveals 90% of global plastic waste comes from just TEN rivers in Asia and Africa

Great Pacific garbage patch [Wikipedia]

Ontario’s Minimum Wage Hike Has Been Disastrous, Especially for Disabled Workers

CLIMATE SKEPTICS ARE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY THAN CLIMATE ALARMISTS, STUDY FINDS

Instapundit  search results for “I’ll believe it’s a crisis”

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For some, not exactly a raise

This time out, I’m reconsidering 3 topics I’ve covered in the past with some new information.

Stevie Wonder: He said something that I’ve said about Black Lives Matter in the past. Will it carry more weight?

San Bernardino: Five years ago, I talked about how this California city went bankrupt. They’re finally coming out of it. Now what?

Seattle: So how’s that minimum wage hike working out for them? Exactly as predicted. (Predicted by conservatives; not by the liberals that passed it.)

Mentioned links:

Previous episodes of “Consider This!”

Episode 7: Voter ID, Canadian Health Care, and Bankrupt Cities

Episode 137: Do Political Parties Matter for Local Issues?

Episode 154: #AllBlackLivesMatter

After five long years, San Bernardino is officially out of bankruptcy. What’s next?

What are the political party affiliations of the City of San Bernardino Mayor and Common Council?

Stevie Wonder: ‘You Cannot Say Black Lives Matter and Then Kill Yourselves’

New study suggests that Seattle’s $13 minimum wage is hurting workers

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Does it have to be this way?

Does it have to be this way?

It’s a question I’ve heard before; would a change of political parties in our cities and states really make that big a difference? It’s a fair question. As I’ve noted here on previous episodes, Democrats have had a lock on many local elections, and our big cities are in decline where that happens. But would it be any different with a Republican at the helm?

I’ll talk about this, with a few examples, even one involving another game of Name That Quote!

Mentioned links:

The tweet used for Name That Quote

Five Years Later, Scott Walker’s Reforms Have Saved Taxpayers Billions

New evidence suggests that Seattle’s ‘radical experiment’ might be a model for the rest of the nation not to follow

Seattle City Council [Wikipedia]

Homicides in Chicago this year double same period last year

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Can you tell the difference? Apparently, she can't.

Can you tell the difference? Apparently, she can’t.

The effects of a minimum wage increase was researched recently by the federal government. Guess what they found out? (Hint: You’ll think you’d heard it here before.)

Apparently, after 3 days performing what amounts to an “armed sit-in”, the 20 white guys holed up in a remote, Oregon wildlife preserve visitors center were did not have the National Guard descend on them due to … wait for it … racism. You know, the same National Guard that weren’t summoned to Ferguson, MO for 9 days.

And can you describe the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist? Apparently, the front-runner for the Democrats in the Presidential race can’t.

Mentioned links:

MP Graphics Facebook page

Hiking Minimum Wage an Inefficient Tool to Fight Poverty: Fed Research

The Effects of Minimum Wages on Employment

Armed men, led by Bundy brothers, take over federal building in rural Oregon

Timeline of events in Ferguson

WaPo Columnist Claims Racial Double Standards In Oregon Standoff

Video: Matthews discovers that Hillary can’t tell the difference between Democrats and socialists, either

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Works on paper, but does it work in the lab?

Works on paper, but does it work in the lab?

If evolution works, it has to work, not just at the macro level, but even down to the smallest level; proteins. The Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon, has been investigating this, and their findings have given them pause. Or should have.

Venezuela raised its minimum wage. Again. For the 4th time just this year. Can we look to that country to show how raising it here would be good for their economy? (Hint: No. Bernie Sanders supporters, beware.)

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Oops! Evolutionists Disproving Evolution

Venezuelan President Announces 30% Minimum Wage Increase

Clashes in Venezuela as economic shortages continue to bite

10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World 2014

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Dealing with the fallout, Dan Price

Dealing with the fallout, Dan Price

I came across an article that described one man’s transition to pro-choice, and I have to say, it’s persuasive. Let’s take a listen to his reasons, and see if you are convinced.

(And then let’s all exhale. You’ll understand when you listen to the episode.)

Dan Price of Gravity Payments set a minimum wage of $70K/year and dropped his pay to that level. He was hailed as a hero 4 months ago, before any fallout from the change had even occurred. Well, some things have fallen out, so let’s revisit Dan and see how his decision has played out.

Mentioned links:

10 reasons why I’ve decided to become pro-choice.

3 Week Mark: Nets Spend 92 Minutes on Cecil the Lion; 20 Minutes on Abortion Videos

A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared

Why A $70,000 Minimum Salary Isn’t Enough For Gravity Payments

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Three years old!

Three years old!

This is the Consider This podcast, which recently passed its third anniversary, bringing you conservative commentary, and your feedback, in 10-minute-or-less chunks, since June 14th of 2012. I’ve left the terrible twos and am entering the thrilling threes! And just like the 1st and 2nd anniversaries, the time limit might just take a holiday for this episode.

I’ve got kind of a general topic for this anniversary. I’m going to explain, not why I’m conservative, but why I’m not a liberal. The launching point for this will be what seems to me the Liberal Utopia society would be, and why it doesn’t really work or why I believe that some features are really problems.

Mentioned links:

List of countries by energy consumption per capita

Consumption by the United States

The top 1% and what they pay

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Dan  Price of Gravity Payments

Dan Price of Gravity Payments

CEO Dan Price of Gravity Payments decided to raise the wages of all his employees to a minimum of $70,000, while reducing his almost-$1 million salary down to that same $70,000. The Left love it, the Right hated it. But we don’t know how it will turn out, so it’s too early to celebrate. And if this little microcosm of what some have called “socialism” fails, will we even know? It’s being done in an economy of capitalism all around it, which could mask any problems.

Mr. Price said, “As much as I’m a capitalist, there is nothing in the market that is making me do it.” But let’s take a look at his motivations and his actions, and it doesn’t sound like he understands the meaning of the terms “capitalism” or “market”. Which is not good news for people, like his employees, who are depending on his economic decisions.

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Seattle boss raises entire company’s minimum wage to $70,000

$70,000 promise brings flood of new clients and job applicants

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