I suppose everyone has heard the old adage “follow the money”. In business and politics following the money will most likely lead to real life motives. With this back drop I read the local news paper and watch the news on TV.
A hot topic is equal pay for equal work to ensure that women are paid just as much as men for the same work. Sounds fair and balanced doesn’t it? But, the White House uses skewed numbers and leaves off pertinent facts in their push for changes in how women are paid for the work they do. If the administration can use someone else’ s money to help them win elections they will do it.
Another trending conversation is the minimum wage. The President, by Executive order, has required employees of all companies with government contracts to raise the pay of their entry-level employees to $10.10 from the present $7.25 minimum wage. Several Democrats are pushing for a federal minimum wage of $15.00 per hour! I suggest you visit the McDonald’s store on Thomas Rd some morning or noon and observe the employees. Count how many of them appear to be worth $15.00 per hour.
In the News Star this morning was a story about the Ouachita Police Jury’s recent work. Juror Pat Moore and Jury President Shane Smiley (both Pat and Shane are friends of mine and I like both of them a lot) are credited with originating a plan to require owners of rental properties in the parish that receive federal money to have a contract with a trash contractor. The news release assured the citizens that the money for trash pick up will be reimbursed by the federal housing authority.
Now, Follow the Money! Where will the money really come from to pay entry-level workers more money? Our of your pocket and mine, that’s where! There is no secret source of money. Goods and services are exchanged for money and the more the goods and services cost the more money companies must charge for their product. So, when you by a widget from XYZ company and it costs you more than before, thank a Democrat.
Guess what, when the federal government cuts a reimbursement check to a landlord for garbage pick up fees, it’s my money and yours. The federal government, the state government, and the parish government have no money and make no money, all they do is spend our money! I prefer that they spend less of my money, not more.
A constantly growing sector of Americans are solidly living on the good old govt dime, a dime it doesn’t have. Benefits for senior citizens are being cut, veterans benefits are being cut, but more and more people are being paid to not work. Food stamp expenditures are increasing wildly and the administration is going to extreme measures to sign up even more people for food stamps. Do I need to ask where the money is coming from? That sucking sound you hear is your bank account being depleted!
Lady Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” How true.
I have a suggestion. Teach people some responsibility! Make them pay for their own trash pick up. I do. Allow companies to pay people what they are worth and not a dime more. If workers don’t like that job they can go to another that pays more. This market model served us well for many, many years. What we can use less of is a government hand in our pockets.