Author Topic: RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $14 AN HOUR USING THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK! by ANN COULTER  (Read 292 times)

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Reading Ann Colter's commonsense makes me feel so good. Of course, then I feel bad when I remember there is no common sense in Washington DC. Kind of like, good news bad news.
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The minimum wage is the perfect Democratic issue. It will screw the very people it claims to help, while making Democrats look like saviors of the working class, either by getting them a higher wage or providing them with generous government benefits when they lose their jobs because of the mandatory wage hike.

Very good point, particularly since a higher minimum wage is likely to be the jumping off point for raising the amount of the weekly unemployment benefit (after all, if today's minimum wage is unlivable, then today's unemployment comp payment must be unlivable too, right?).

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Query:  are the dollar figures from AUS and NZ stated in US dollars or in AUS/NZ dollars, respectively?  The difference matters because of exchange rates.  Right now the AUS dollar is close to the US dollar - about AUS$1.12 to USD$1 - which makes AUS$15 roughly equal to USD$13.75.  Similarly, NZ$14.25 is equal to about USD$11.90.

In terms of immigration policies, there are a few problems with Ms. Coulter's comparisons with AUS and NZ: both are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean whereas the US has some of the longest land borders around.  Unless one has a fleet of stealthy mini-subs, it is rather difficult to sneak into AUS or NZ; not so in the US.  Why does that matter?  Because it means that AUS and NZ immigration policies are enforceable in a manner, and to a degree, not possible in the US.  It's substantially easier - orders of magnitude easier - to turn back a boatload of would-be illegal immigrants (they usually pose as asylum-seekers), or to even escort that boat back to the port from whence it sailed, than it is to try and nab small groups of individuals crossing the Rio Grande (or the Canadian border, let's not forget the Canucks) on foot, or even small groups of individuals holed up in trucks, etc, crossing the border:  every boat approaching the coast of AUS is spottable and once spotted, easily stopped; only a small percentage of the vehicles crossing the US/Mexico border at legal crossings can be searched without thoroughly disrupting the crossings for wholly legitimate crossers.

In other words, AUS and NZ can afford the luxury of strict immigration policies in large part because they can enforce those policies in ways that the US simply cannot.  Because of that, comparisons of the immigration policies of AUS and NZ viz. the US are fraught with peril and must be done very carefully, certainly with more care than can be accomplished as part of writing a daily (or even weekly) column.

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Spoken like a true lawyer. What's your subspecialty? Arguendo?  :beer:
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If you are unemployed it makes no difference what the minimum wage is!

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Spoken like a true lawyer. What's your subspecialty? Arguendo?  :beer:

in this instance?  practicality


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