What happens when politicians decide they are in a better position than business owners to know how much workers should be paid? We don’t have to guess. Cities like Seattle and New York have already done so with their $15/hour minimum wage mandates. Simone Barron, a lifelong restaurant worker, recounts how “helping” her impacted her wallet, her career, and her life.
A few weeks ago I introduced Seraphic Secret readers to my close friend Curt Biren through his astute article about how the Jewish left perverts the true meaning of Tikkun Olam.
Now, Curt has written another fine and timely article for the Acton Institute about the entwined issues of justice and the minimum wage, using the Torah—written and oral—as his primary lens.
The issue of a higher minimum wage — sometimes referred to as a living wage or a just wage — is back in the news, with a number of local and state governments enacting minimum wage ordinances. In the current election season, it continues to be a contentious issue.
Obama’s SOTU in brief:
- Raise the minimum wage.
This is a job killer.
- Spend more in infrastructure.
Higher taxes. We’ve been here before. It was called shovel-ready jobs. Which Obama famously yucked-up as not-so-ready.