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It was only a few years ago that I would mock advocates of raising the minimum wage by saying “if $10 an hour is so great, why not $15 or $20 an hour?” I never thought they would take me up on that offer.

A $15 minimum wage has been rising in popularity. By the end of 2014 fourteen cities and towns had $15 minimum wages in effect. Recently, California announced a $15 minimum wage – which the Governor described as “not making economic sense” shortly after signing it into law.

Seattle was among the first to sign into law a $15 minimum wage. They’re “exhibit A” in terms of the effects of a $15 minimum wage. It’s an incremental increase, rising to $13 early this this year and to the full $15 next, but employers are already suffering from the hikes thus far, and bracing for what’s to tome.

Summer employment for teenagers has been on a long decline, pushed down by minimum wage laws and the demand to impress on college applications.

“Since 1995 the rate of seasonal teenage employment has declined by over a third from around 55 percent to 34 percent in 2015,” Competitive Enterprise Institute Research Associate Jack Salmon writes.

That dramatic decline, a 38 percent change, was at the heart of a JP Morgan Chase & Co. report on teenage employment. Researchers looked at 15 cities to measure teen employment, and in Seattle at least, employment statistics make the minimum wage increase there look unwise.

Seattle has experienced the largest 3 month job loss in its history last year, following the introduction of a $15 minimum wage,” Salmon notes. “We can only imagine the impact such a change has had on the prospects of employment for the young and unskilled.”

Prohibition was called “The Noble Experiment,” and we all know how that turned out. What’s an appropriate name for a $15 minimum wage – “The Nutjobs’ Experiment?”

H/T Red Alert Politics

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The liberal media credits Bernie Sanders for bringing out a great deal of enthusiasm from the youth, but all I’ve seen is a great deal of insanity.

The left’s warped view of reality was on full display at a recent event held to support a $15 an hour national minimum wage at Portland State University. One woman gave a brief speech outlining the perpetrators behind her hardship: patriarchy, white supremacy, and even “hereto patriarchy.” Apparently even the left’s buzzwords keep expanding.

To except some of the barely-sensible speech:

“I’m drowning in over $60-80,000 of debt… And you know what? I’m not paying that shit off! We know this corrupt, decadent, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy, hetero patriarchy, doesn’t give a s— about any of us who are pushing back against it… Because until the system is smashed, nobody that doesn’t look like me can have any fair chance in this society, and we know that. So until the system is smashed, it’s gunna stay the same… This is a corrupt capitalism system. Don’t feel the Bern, don’t fall for Hillary’s BS… “

You heard that right. After the “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy” forced her to take out $80k in student loans to attend college, they then forced her to give birth to a child. Apparently she was also forced into a useless major, as she earns under $15 an hour, while the average college graduate earns around $50k annually.

Her speech is more similar to something we’d expect from a conservative caricature of a liberal than a liberal whose thought through their views even slightly.

She says at one point that she doesn’t understand how she’s supposed to support a child earning under $15 an hour. Isn’t that something you’re supposed to think about before having children?

She also mocks the notion that she just needs to “work a little bit harder.” She has enough free time to advocate heavily for a $15 an hour minimum wage – a gig that ironically pays $0 an hour.

If the “system” these people want to smash is a system that at least somewhat shelters me from subsidizing the crappy life choices of others, I don’t see it as one worth smashing.

Is she overreacting? Share your thoughts!

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