What if the minimum wage expand is a fraud?

91
Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:01 AM

Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Ct of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel.

What if the minimum wage expand is a fraud?

What if the latest craze among the big-government crowd in both major political parties is to utilize the power of government to force employers to pay some of their employees more than their services are worth to the employers?

What if this represents an intrusion by government into the employer-employee relationship? What if this consists of the government'south effectively saying that it knows the financial worth of employees’ services better than the employers and the employees do?

What if the minimum wage, presently on the verge of being raised to $15 per hr everywhere in the land, is really the government'south using threats of ruin and force to transfer wealth? What if the $15-per-hour figure is based on a political compromise rather than on free market forces or economic realities?

What if these wealth transfers will have profound unintended economic consequences and will negatively affect everyone?

What if one of the politically intended consequences is that the employees whose salaries will rise will indicate gratitude not to their employers, who'll be paying them more than they earn, by working better but to the politicians who'll have forced the employers to pay them more by voting for those politicians?

What if the right of an employee to sell work by going to work and the right of an employer to purchase that work by paying a salary are portion of the natural right to exchange goods and services, which the Constitution was written to protect? What if during America’s most prosperous periods, that right was protected by the courts?

What if there are clauses in the Constitution that defend that right but the modern courts have ignored them? What if the Constitution prohibits the government from interfering with freely entered-into contracts but the government does so anyway? What if the courts have approved this?

What if the Constitution prohibits the government from taking property from people without charging them with wrongdoing and proving the charge to a jury but the government does so anyway? What if the courts have declined to interfere with all this theft?

What if it's none of the government’s business how an employer and an employee determine on salary? What if the employer and the employee know distant more about the worth of the employee’s services and the needs of the employer than the politicians in the government do?

What if the government has fundamental misunderstandings of the way businesses earn money, create wealth and pay salaries? What if the government'south mindset is stuck on the governmental economic model? What if that model has number competition, guaranteed income and number creation of wealth?

What if that governmental mindset is one of control and central planning rather than appealing to the needs of consumers by providing goods and services better, faster and more cheaply than the competition? What if the government has number necessity to be better, faster and cheaper because taxpayers are forced to pay it for services they frequently don’t utilize and the government has number competition?

What if forcing employers to pay employees more than their services are worth results in higher prices for the goods and services the employers produce? What if the effect of the minimum wage rise is to transfer wealth not from employers to employees but from consumers to employees? What if the rising prices of goods and services, caused by the forced expand in wages, keep some of those goods and services beyond the reach of some folks who rely upon them?

What if the folks who can number longer afford some goods and services on which they've arrive to rely are the very same people whom the politicians have boasted they're helping by the expand in the minimum wage? What if the politicians who have done this don't know what they're talking about? What if they believe they can utilize minimum wage increases to bribe the destitute for votes -- just as they bribe the wealthy with bailouts and the center class with tax cuts?

What if there are other unintended consequences to the governmental imposition of a minimum wage? What if, rather than pay employees more than they're worth, employers stop employing some of them? What if this results in higher unemployment? What if the rise in the minimum wage has the unintended consequence of harming the folks it's supposed to help?

What if the destitute are better off being gainfully employed and earning less than $15 an hour, with an opportunity for advancement, than not working, earning nothing and relying on welfare? What if that welfare burden adds to already overtaxed state budgets?

What if states lift taxes to care for the newly unemployed? What if the newly unemployed lose the self-esteem they once enjoyed when they were gainfully employed?

What if all this came about not because of market forces, such as supply and demand, and not because people worked harder and produced more but because of lawless, greedy politicians -- heedless of basic economics -- who think they can write any law, regulate any behavior and tax any event without adverse consequences?

What if the politicians who caused this did so just to win the votes of those they promised to help? What if these politicians only helped themselves? What if the minimum wage expand is a fraud? What do we do about it?

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Ct of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel.

READ ALSO
Ginormous Black Hole Discovered In The ‘Cosmic Backwaters’

Ginormous Black Hole Discovered In The ‘Cosmic Backwaters’

The “supersized&#eight thousand two hundred twenty-one; black hole weighs seventeen billion times the mass of our Sunday and lies in the middle an isolated elliptical galaxy dubbed NGC1600.

57
BART Turns To eBay For Parts To Hold System Limping Along

BART Turns To eBay For Parts To Hold System Limping Along

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system went online in one thousand nine hundred seventy-second, and many of the parts used to hold the trains running are presently obsolete. “There are some elderly parts that are out there that are used in different systems,...

31
Survey: Giants Players Not Very Excited About Smokeless Tobacco Ban

Survey: Giants Players Not Very Excited About Smokeless Tobacco Ban

An anonymous survey found that most Giants players are less than thrilled with the new rule. The city ordinance that bans the utilize of smokeless tobacco at all athletic facilities , but this is the first time there’s been baseball at AT&T...

59
Bay Area In Potential Zika ‘Hot Zone&#eight thousand two hundred seventeen; On New CDC Map

Bay Area In Potential Zika ‘Hot Zone&#eight thousand two hundred seventeen; On New CDC Map

Expectant mother Adina Blair is prepared for baby no two &#eight thousand two hundred eleven; not only because she’s excited to meet her, but also because she’s prepared to be done with the threat of the Zika virus.

50