Minimum Wage

We have been told that when the minimum wage has been raised, it was done out of “decency, humanity, and compas­sion.” But who wanted it raised?

– Unions, because the higher it was, the higher the wages unions could bargain for.

– Politicians, as it gained them votes.

– Liberals, who need to be reminded that :

– A lot of people are not worth minimum wage due to lack of skills. They don’t find work and the public doesn’t get their service.

– A person gets his first job to learn work habits. He should have the right to offer his services at a low wage.

Why not rate social programs?

During my years in social work and since, I’ve seen a crying need for some kind of ratings. No one has an idea of what are the best programs for addiction, crime, mental illness, or whatever. There is hardly even a direc­tory of them. Many programs sound good, but are disappoint­ing. No one seems to know what works nor why because:

(l) Social work floats on emotion.

We are asked to contribute to some charity because there is a ‘need’ for a ‘disad­vantaged’ person and the charity ‘cares’. Whether there are greater ‘needs’, just how ‘disadvantaged’ the person is, or whether ‘caring’ makes a difference, is never gone into.

Free market


Those who believe in the free market claim, and can usually prove, that it provides the most benefits for the most people.  Their advice is:
   Education

  • Privatize the management of public schools.
  • Admit students on the basis of ability, not color, nor athletic ability.
  • Group students according to achievement, not age.
  • Hire teachers for ability, not creden­tials.
  • Pay schools for results.
  • Let parents choose the school for their kids or teach them at home.

Foreign affairs

  • Show the wisdom of ‘trade, not aid.’
  • Show how capitalism intertwines the economies of countries and lessens the chance of war.

Privatization

 With budget squeezes, government agencies have been turning work over to the private sector and with remarkable results:

  1. Housing    Tenant management of public housing in one location raised rent collections 105%, cut vacancy rates 13%, cut administrative costs 60%, crime 75% and teenage pregnancy and welfare dependency 50%.  In other cities the same arrangement cut vacancy18%, robbery 77%, and crime 66%.
  2. Parks    Some have become self-sufficient.
  3. Transit    300 transit systems contract their services saving 10% – 50%.
  4. Fire    One fifth of Arizona’s cities contract with a private firm for about a third the national cost.  This has brought better service and lower insurance rates.

Minimum wage

We have been told that when the minimum wage has been raised, it was done out of “decency, humanity, and compas­sion”. But who wanted it raised?

– Unions, because the higher it was, the higher the wages unions could bargain for.

– Politicians, as it gained them votes.

– Liberals, who need to be reminded that­­:

– A lot of people are not worth minimum wage [due to lack of skills]. They don’t find work and the public doesn’t get their services.

– A person gets his first job to learn work habits. He should have the right to offer his services at a low wage.

Discovering Milton Friedman

After receiving a liberal education, living in liberal New York City in the liberal late 60s, and working in liberal social work, it was refreshing to read the conservative ideas of Friedman in his book, FREE TO CHOOSE.  He pointed out a number of myths:

    1. Government must play a dominant role in a modern society. 

(False – as proven by Hong Kong and by l9th century America.)

    1. The answer to problems is more government. 

(False – the role of government in the U.S. has multiplied many times and we are worse off in many important ways.)

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