Know-nuttin’ economics

MEXICO’S PRESIDENT-ELECT, a leftist who’s best known by his initials AMLO, takes office in December, but he’s been talking a lot since winning the presidency by a landslide in July.

Leftists are known for their big talk. Just within the last week, he’s promised “free” healthcare like the Canucks and much of Europe have, he says. We have our own Latino Bernie Sanders.

AMLO also has promised to greatly reduce or eliminate federal inspections; for instance, checking to see if gas stations are stiffing  the customers. It’s better to just “trust the people” to do the right thing, i.e. gas station owners.

Instead of making presidential decisions, which was what he was elected to do, he talks a lot about “letting the people decide,” i.e. plebiscites on all manner of issues, a very costly method of decision-making, of course.

It’s also an easy out if things go sour. Wasn’t my doing. The people decided!

He’s also vowed to clamp down on a federal consumer protection agency known as PROFECO. It’s hard to grasp his thought processes on that one.

He’s real big on “trusting the people.” He’s promising to raise the minimum wage too, of course. A couple of our relatives here on the mountaintop run a humble hotel, and they were big AMLO supporters. However, their enthusiasm has waned on learning they may have to pay their few employees higher salaries.

Oh, dear.

Is a high minimum wage a good thing? Everyone likes a fatter paycheck.

In the United States, the Democrat Party pushes a higher minimum wage, and the Republicans usually oppose it, making them look like the black hats. But who are really the black hats? Who is right, Democrats or Republicans?

For an excellent, easy-to-read take on raising the minimum wage, its unforeseen consequences, and lots of other economic issues, I highly recommend Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.

One of Hazlitt’s primary points is that when government mandates something, downstream effects should be investigated, not just the immediate result. This isn’t done as often as it should be, certainly not with minimum-wage hikes.

Now let’s turn to the video, which was made in the seething leftist hotbed of Seattle. How are “liberal” business owners reacting to the idea of a $15 minimum wage? Not too well, it seems, and that pastes a grin on my face.

The Social Justice Warriors in front of them walked around to their rears, morphed into Poetic Justice and bit ’em in their arses!

Brown bags and citizens

The State of California was once the nation’s crackpot capital, but the City of Seattle has seized that title.

California is no less loony than before. It simply has slid into deep financial crisis (See Detroit for California’s future) and has more pressing matters on its collective mind. Its crackpot rating is on the back burner.

The Speech Police in Seattle has a division called Thought Control.

If you can control thoughts, the need for Speech Police will diminish dramatically and, with luck, may eliminate the need for Speech Police entirely.

That is the dream.

Here is the Thought Control Division’s latest “suggestion” for Seattle. These “suggestions” are like Hitler’s “suggestion” that you should not hide Jews and Stalin’s “suggestion” that you shun the profit motive.

They are suggestions with teeth.

Brown BagSeattle’s regime suggests that city workers shun the words “citizen” and “brown bag” because they might “offend someone.”

A city spokesman named Elliott Bronstein says that brown bags stir bad memories in the “African-American” community.

Bronstein claims the phrase brown bag “does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people’s skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event, or to come into a party that was being held in a private home.”

Aside from being hilarious, this is blatant nonsense. Never happened.

Bronstein offers these alternatives: Sack lunch and “lunch and learn.” How “lunch and learn” substitutes for brown bag or sack lunch remains obscure.

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But there is more. Seattle also “suggests” to city employees that they not use the word “citizen” because it too might “offend someone.”

That someone, of course, is an illegal alien. And if there is anyone the Speech Police love more than a smoky skin tone, it’s an illegal alien.*

Eliminating the word citizen from your vocabulary will be easy, Bronstein assures us. “How about residents” instead? he asks glibly.

This will make sense to the slow-witted, who abound in Seattle. However, citizen and resident are in no way interchangeable. Citizen is a legal status. Resident is someone, anyone, who simply lives somewhere.

You will hear this type of prattle in the unfree world’s re-education camps, which Seattle clearly has become.

Meanwhile, in other nations of the globe, people are addressing actual problems and acting like adults.

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* Most illegal aliens have smoky skin tones, making them doubly beloved.

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