Three Simple Solutions to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Recently a deacon at my church went off on the congregation calling us hypocritical Christians if we supported President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration. He is a big-hearted fellow and the church has a very large Hispanic population, so he believed he was saying the right thing to the right group. Unfortunately, he is a bit ignorant of world history as well as current events. He bought into Amazon’s television advertisement, released in time for Advent, where the priest and imam exchange Christmas gifts of knee-pads. While his heart is in the right place, wanting to bring peace, safety and security to the suffering, he is also willfully ignorant of the consequences of careless, feel-good immigration policies. He also seems to have forgotten that the Bible tells Christians to respect and adhere to the laws of the land where they live. Europe is years ahead of America when it comes to transplanted Muslim communities. In place of gratitude for their charitable actions, absorbing a never-ending stream of refugees from one conflict or another, they now have to deal with hundreds of Muslim neighborhoods that are “no-go zones” for police. Nice, eh? So when my deacon stood up and sermonized that I am a hypocrite and a hater, he missed the mark. It is not out of hatred that I want a strict American immigration policy. I simply do not want all the troubles that open borders have caused France and Germany. Not that he will ever read this, but here is my response to his impassioned sermon disguised as a homily.

There are three very simple three-step solutions to the current Syrian refugee crisis.

Solution Number One – Peace:
Step 1. Islam, the religion of peace, stops fighting.
Step 2. Refugees return to their homes.
Step 3. Syrians learn from their mistakes, and rebuild as a peaceful and prosperous country.

Solution Number Two – Extreme Bloodshed:
Step 1. Earth’s forty-three Muslim nations open their hearts and borders to their suffering Muslim brothers and sisters and give them refuge for the remainder of the conflict.
Step 2. The two warring side gather all their forces, drive out into the desert, have one great battle, soak the sand with needless bloodshed, and achieve absolutely nothing of substance except their mutual destruction.
Step 3. Syrians learn from their mistakes, and rebuild as a peaceful prosperous country.

Solution Number Three – Hit Them in the Pocketbook:
Step 1: The United Nations sets aside a permanent territory for Muslim refugees, regardless of the current conflict, Shiite, Sunni, or whatever, conveniently located in the region of the Middle East so various refugees can easily gain access. It would be like a summer camp facility that rents out to various groups as conflicts wax and wane.
Step 2A: Frozen funds from terrorist groups would finance the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2B: Frozen funds from terrorist sponsoring nations would finance the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2C: Muslim nations would fund the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2D: Nations and manufacturers who make and sell weapons to current warring factions would fund the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 3: Islam would look at the financial cost of hatred and war, and finally stop fighting. Peace would ensue and refugees would go home to build a peaceful and prosperous country.

The Ridiculous Solution – Political Correctness:
Step 1. Through international meddling, ensure the Syrian and like conflicts continue for many, many years.
Step 2. Export the refugees to foreign countries thousands of miles away, with radically different cultures, religions, languages and ways of life where they will have no choice but to seek out culturally like-minded neighborhoods as a matter of survival.
Step 3. Allow these Muslim neighborhoods to become police “no-go zones” where the laws of host nation are disrespected and ignored in favor of Sharia law, ultimately bringing microcosms of Islamic conflict to the rest of the world.

Islam, the religion of peace, has been in a constant state of war since 624AD. They fight each other, and they fight Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists. They have openly vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and drive the Jews into the sea. Since the decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th Century, Islam has engaged in perhaps the greatest ongoing genocide in the history of modern man. Millions of Christians and Jews, as well as followers of fringe Muslim sects, have been slaughtered in the name of Allah over the past 130 years, starting with the Armenian Genocide. Today, Christianity and Judaism are on the brink of extinction in many Muslim countries. The Shiites and the Sunnis do not live in peace with each other or anyone else. America and Europe cannot solve the humanitarian crisis generated by 1400 years of discord, hatred and war. Our efforts amount to applying a band-aid to a cancerous tumor. Islam created this problem and Islam is the only entity that can fix it. That will not happen until they acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, and that Jews and Christians are in every way their equals. Oh, and stop fighting. Until then, the endless fighting and suffering will continue until there is a clear winner and everyone else is dead, no matter how many refugees we take.

Baby Boomers and Generation X owe the Millennials an Apology

Not long ago I was talking to a Millennial friend of mine who was bemoaning his inability to get to work on time.

“I need to get you a copy of Poor Richard’s Almanack,” I laughed. All I got was a puzzled look from my friend.

“You, know, ‘Early to bed and early to rise…?” I asked, hopefully.

“Huh?” he replied.

“Ben Franklin?”

He shook his head.

“Electricity? Spectacles? The pot-bellied stove? Ben Franklin? The guy on the one hundred-dollar bill.”

“Oh yeah, he is the only non-president, right?”

“That’s the guy,” I said, “He wrote Poor Richard’s Almanack. It had lots of useful information and sayings, like ‘Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,’ You should have learned about it in grade school.”

My friend shook his head. He did not know anything about the life and times of Ben Franklin.

There were several other Millennials in our group. Young adults educated in schools all around America. None of them had heard of Poor Richard’s Almanack, and Franklin was just the face on the $100. Why he was there, they knew not. I groaned and said something about the sad state of education in America.

When I was a kid, we learned fun facts about Ben Franklin the writer, inventor and scientist in class. When I was in high school we learned about his political life and how he was an integral part of American Revolution and the early survival of our nation. My teachers had survived the Great Depression, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. An elderly Auschwitz survivor came to my school and showed us her tattooed serial number. My teachers made sure, as poor a student as I was, that I knew my origins. Not so much, today.

Today, we live with an educational system where it is no longer politically correct to teach that our Founding Fathers were great men who wrote, and fought and died for, the Constitution of the United States of America, the greatest document of its kind ever to exist. Now that Common Core is the rule of the land, our children are no longer being taught to read and write cursive, so it is only a matter of time before Americans cannot even read the Constitution in its original form. Today’s teachers, made up primarily of Baby Boomers and GenXers, have absolutely failed to teach the Millennial generation what they need to know to survive, starting with the wisdom found in Poor Richard’s Almanack. For that, we owe them an apology.

“Sell not virtue to purchase wealth nor liberty to purchase power.”

“Meanness is the parent of insolence.”

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.”

“Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.”

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

“Have something to do tomorrow? Do it today.”

“There are no gains without pains.”

 

John Boehner Claims Ted Cruz is Lucifer

John Boehner, a professional politician but never a real statesman, is a Republican in name only. The chasm between his rhetoric and his actions had grown so vast by the time he left office it was like he had an evil twin or split personality. If a poacher cut off this rhino’s horn it would grow back in no time at all. It comes as no surprise that he dislikes Ted Cruz. Boehner tried to piss down everyone’s back and tell them it was raining, and Cruz did not buy in. He refused to get on board when Boehner sold his constituents and party down river as a favor to his left-wing, Democrat friends. Boehner as much as admitted he prefers Bernie Sander’s political views over Cruz’s, and now has made the very public claim that Ted Cruz is, indeed, Lucifer in the flesh. Well, Mr. Boehner, I have news for you. If Lucifer were here, in the flesh, he would be winning this year’s presidential race, and your next round of golf would not be with Donald Trump. You ought to crack open the Good Book before you go shooting off your mouth about end-times. By the way, why are you texting buddies with the Donald, anyway?

Approximately 70% of the over 300 mass-shootings in the United States for the year 2015 were committed by young black men with ties to crime

That number would actually be over 80%, except that journalists are terrified to mention the perpetrators’ and victims’ race. Up to 80% of the victims of mass shootings are also black. In other words, for the year 2015, of the 338 verifiable mass-shootings in America  90% were white-free. The myth that mentally unstable white men are the source of most mass shootings is simply false.Mass Shooting Situations

Quick Facts

  • Street crime, gangs, drugs and the like, accounts for 87% of mass shootings.
  • In 60% of the mass shooting cases, despite plenty of witnesses, the perpetrators are never identified by police because of the “No Snitch” culture existing in the black community.
  • Semi-automatic handguns are by far the weapons of choice. Shotguns and assault rifles are rarely used.
  • Only 9% of shooters had a confirmed right to own a firearm, the rest likely obtained their guns illegally.
  • Almost all the weapons recovered by police were stolen.
  • Mass shootings rarely cross racial barriers. Blacks shoot blacks. Hispanics shoot Hispanics, and whites shoot whites.
  • Mental illness, terrorism, and hate crimes combined accounted for only 5% of mass shootings.
  • Of the three mass shootings that are classified as hate crimes, white males committed two and two Hispanic males committed one.
  • Journalists are more likely to mention the color of the car involved in a drive-by shooting than the color of the shooter or victims.Population Makeup of America

In 2015 America suffered a mass shooting, an event where four or more people are shot or killed, nearly every day. While America’s black community is disproportionately responsible for and affected by mass shootings, do not fall into the trap of believing that race plays a part in these crimes. Blacks are not genetically predisposed to random acts of violence. Prison Population by RaceMass Shooters by Race

While modern black culture is certainly not doing itself any favors, the broader problem is global devaluation of the family. Family is the foundation of civil society. A man and a woman marry, rear children, and build a life within a community. Globally, birthrates for unmarried women are skyrocketing. An ever-increasing number of children are being raised in homes where there is no parent stability. Shack-up boyfriends come and go, mothers are either working all the time or on welfare, and the children are left to rear themselves.Unwed Mothers

America’s black community, unfortunately for them, is at the forefront of this new global culture that has shrugged off the responsibilities of marriage and child rearing. Well over half of all black American’s under the age of forty were born to unmarried mothers. Almost 70% of blacks under the age of twenty-five were born to unmarried mothers. The rate for Hispanic children has recently gone over 50%, and white children are closing in on 40%. The number of American children born out-of-wedlock has nearly quadrupled since 1970.Mass Shootings Victims Race

Family is where is all starts. Parenting is the single greatest responsibility most people will ever undertake. Children learn all they know about survival from their parents. Parents teach children that rules and laws actually have a valid purpose. Parents teach that respect for authority is actually important. Children glean wisdom from the experiences, successes and failures of their elders.

Of the 25 mass shootings that involved domestic disputes, 12 were murder/suicides.

Of the 25 mass shootings that involved domestic disputes, 12 were murder/suicides.

Parents supply a safe place for children with food on the table. For rich or for poor, it is every parent’s responsibility to use what tools they have to provide their child with a life as close to a Norman Rockwell painting as possible. My grandmother used to say, “I cannot help being poor, but there is no excuse for being dirty as long as you can afford a bar of soap.” She was a widow with five children at the height of the Great Depression and did not have two nickels to rub together, but she kept a neat, tidy home and made darn sure her children went to school with food in their stomach so they could learn. Mothers and fathers are supposed to help sons and daughters navigate the difficulties of childhood and adolescence so they can safely reach adulthood. When parents abdicate those responsibilities, something else will fill that void and that something is all too often gangs and crime.

While radical Muslim terrorism accounts for the worst mass shooting of 2015, most of the time it is gang warfare.

While radical Muslim terrorism accounts for the worst mass shooting of 2015, most of the time it is gang warfare.

Instead of being stranded on a deserted island, as in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, these children find themselves surviving a hopeless existence in a lawless urban jungle. They band together in roving gangs that live by the feud and die by the feud. They terrorize their neighbors, stay out to all hours partying with illegal drugs and alcohol, and they fight amongst themselves, wantonly killing anyone for any perceived slight. Most have criminal records by the time they reach the age of majority. They take their battles to concerts, to city parks and playgrounds, shooting babies, pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone else standing in the way of their vendetta without so much as a second thought. Collateral damage means nothing to these young men and they use a form of urban terrorism to silence those who would testify against them.

"The mission of the Brady organization is to create a safer America for all of us that will lead to a dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries." They rank each state for the quality of their guns laws.

“The mission of the Brady organization is to create a safer America for all of us that will lead to a dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries.” They rank each state for the quality of their guns laws.

President Obama’s solutions, such as blocking legal sales of firearms to people on the government’s “No Fly List,” criminalizing the private sales of firearms, and authorizing friends and family to put a “mental health block” on the legal purchases will do nothing to stop this problem. There is not a country on Earth where criminals are not well armed, no matter the law. If President Obama really wants to stop mass shootings, he should start by going home to Chicago and holding a peace summit with all the black gang leaders. He should hold up his own family as a shining example of how love, marriage, education and good parenting can stop the cycle of hopelessness and violence. Otherwise the solutions will fail and the cycle will continue.Ten Worst Cities for Mass Shootings

America Celebrates Independence Day by Persecuting Christians

  • Rite: a prescribed form or manner governing the words or actions for a ceremony. A ceremonial act or action.
  • Right: Something to which one has a just claim.

On July 2nd the Oregon Bureau of Labor an Industry, AKA Brad “Armenian Genocide” Avakian, handed down a final judgment in the Sweet Cakes By Melissa case. Bakery owners, Melissa and Aaron Klein, must pay two lesbians $135,000 by Friday, July 10th for refusing to participate in their marriage rites in 2013. Lesbians Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer demanded a service from the bakery that the bakery did not provide, a same-sex wedding cake. The two women were perfectly welcome to purchase any amount of bread, pastries and pies they wanted. They were welcome to purchase a birthday cake or graduation cake. They were welcome to purchase any baked product that Sweet Cakes sold. However, much like a Halaal butcher who will not process or sell pork, the Kleins are Christians who do not make same-sex wedding cakes because the rite of same-sex marriage is against their religion.

Within Christianity there are six fundamental sacramental rites: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Forgiveness, Marriage, and Priesthood. These are rites we do not take lightly, much to the distain of others. Outside of America’s religious – Christians, Mormons, Jews, Muslims and the like – the institution of marriage has become hollow and nearly meaningless. People float in and out of relationships on a whim, and over 40% of all American babies are born out-of-wedlock. The respect for marriage as an institution is waning in America. The respect for marriage as a religious rite is dead. It is readily apparent that, while the Bowman-Cryer’s want the right to marry, they have utter contempt for the religious rites of marriage.

Portland, Oregon is home to scores of bakeries, just like it is home to scores of butchers. There are only a handful of Halaal butchers, and Sweet Cakes by Melissa was one of the few, perhaps the only, Christian bakery, now destroyed by the Oregon State Government in direct violation of the Oregon Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion. When decent folk want pork, they pass by the Halaal butcher’s shop. They do not walk in and demand services that violate butcher’s religious laws. Only mean, disrespectful, hateful people do things like that.

Melissa and Aaron Klein did not actively interfere with the Bowerman-Cryer’s ability to go through a marriage ceremony. They just asked not to be involved. They wanted to be left out of ceremonial rites the two lesbians were about undertake. It is not about the cake or hate or discrimination. It is about the religious nature of marriage. The lesbians were not engaging in a government sanctioned civil union. They had no government issued license. In fact, at the time same-sex marriage was illegal in Oregon. The rite of marriage that the lesbians were about the engage in was purely a spiritual ceremony. Unfortunately, in order for a Christian to participate in a same-sex wedding, they must violate their own religious tenets. It is that simple.

Religion is weird, strange, peculiar, and sometimes obnoxious to those looking in from the outside. I live my life by a set code. There are things I will not do simply because of my religion. Every religion is like that. Some are stricter than others, and sometimes one sect’s rules are opposite to another sect’s, and many rules really chafe secular society. Rather than respecting their neighbor’s faith, secular people sometimes prefer to hate.

The rites of same-sex marriage are front and center in today’s America. The US Supreme Court has just handed down the decision that same-sex couples have the right to have their marriages recognized by society and the government. It was the right decision, and too long in coming. The trouble is that, along side this righteous decision, our leaders have decided that all people of faith must now participate in the rites of same-sex weddings, even when it is expressly forbidden by their religion. That is evil. I am Catholic, and I would never dream of forcing a Halaal butcher to cater my wedding reception, let alone tell him to provide ham sandwiches, and then threaten his livelihood if he refused. I would never ask a Jewish baker to make me a wedding cake adorned with a crucifix. I would never try to bully a Mormon caterer into serving coffee, tea, wine and beer. It would be extremely disrespectful. Evil.

During the colonization period of North America, many of the early immigrants were a variety of Christian sects fleeing religious persecution in post-Reformation Europe. Christian denominations were not one big, happy family back in the day. The king of England persecuted Catholics. The king of France persecuted Hugonauts. Ordinary people had their property forfeited, and were imprisoned or killed by their own government if they refused to renounce their beliefs in favor of the King’s church. It was an ugly, embarrassing era for Christianity. The New World was the one safe place for good, religious people like the Amish Mennonites and Quakers to live free from persecution and live in peace with one another.

Religious freedom is part of the very core set of shared beliefs that are the heart and soul of the United States of America. Without it, this country and everything that makes it great no longer exists. Brad Avakian’s forefathers, the victims of decades of genocide, fled religious persecution in Armenia and Turkey to settle in America. Today, America’s Armenian community is second in size only to Russia’s. Ellen Rosenblum’s ancestors, victims of the Holocaust, fled thousands of years of persecution in Europe and Persia. Today, America is home to nearly half of all the Jews on planet Earth. As a matter of fact, because America so values religious freedom, it is the most religiously diverse nation that has ever existed. The Amish only exist in America, Canada and Ireland. There is nowhere else to go. There will never be another New World. America is the world’s only bastion for religious freedom, and our elected leaders, whose ancestors came to our shores seeking those freedoms, are out to incrementally breach those walls and end it all.

Today, the “King’s Church” in America is atheism. Our government has unilaterally decided to reinterpret our constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion as freedom from religion. Aaron and Melissa Klein’s property is now forfeit because they refused to bow before it. Oregon lawmakers are telling us our religious rights must remain in the confines of our churches, synagogue, mosques, temples and kingdom halls. Once we step outside our sanctuary, we must bottle up our faith in our mind and accommodate a secular world that has contempt for our beliefs. Our government is making it illegal to make faith-based decisions and take faith-based actions, knowing that faith without acts is no faith at all. It is not just bakeries, florists, and wedding chapels that are under attack. For years left-wing American secularists have been pushing hard to force Christian physicians and medical facilities to provide abortion services. Religion is a threat to Big Brother, because our Constitution specifically states that God’s authority is greater than his, and he is under God. Big Brother hates that, and is doing everything he can to remove God from the equation.

There is only one peaceful solution. America’s religious have to stop voting for left-wing progressive politicians. People like Ellen Rosenblum, Brad Avakian, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid do not have our best interests at heart. Oregonians keep electing corrupt governors, and look what it has got us. John Kitzhaber won reelection last fall because Oregon’s religious citizenry turned a blind eye and gave him a pass. We have to stop giving bad people a pass and vote for men and women who will return this country to the constitutional democratic republic it once was… or we will continue to forfeit our liberties just like Aaron and Melissa Klein.

April 16th, 2015: Time Magazine Anoints Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Planet Earth’s Most Influential Married Couple

Twitch, snort, LOL. Planet Earth is home to 7,251,940 ,000 people and counting. Of the nearly 7.3 billion global citizens, the intellectual juggernaut that is Time Magazine, just claimed that a hip-hop rap artist and a woman whose multi-million dollar job is to do nothing useful are among the globe’s 100 most influential people. Time had over seven billion people to choose from, and this is the best they could do.

West is definitely the more productive member of the marriage. Like Billy Mays, he is a master of marketing and self-promotion. I am no fan of rap music, but I am willing to withhold my judgment that West is not a musician of the caliber of B.B. King, Paul McCartney or Gordon Lightfoot. If he can pick up a 12-string guitar and sing Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” without auto-tuning and not sound like an amorous feline, I will give him credit for talent. Otherwise, in my mind, regardless of his awards he remains a 2nd class musician. West is a great entertainer for his fans, for sure, and a tremendous force of ego, but not a great musician.

West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, has turned being wealthy, beautiful and popular into a career. She has little education and few skills, yet earns millions every year by merely existing. I applaud her success, as well as her husband’s. Well done, Kanye and Kim. You have turned ego and vanity into extraordinary wealth and success.

What I do not understand is how they positioned themselves to be the most influential married couple on Earth. According to Time Magazine, they are more influential than Bill and Hillary Clinton, and could hold their own against the combined forces of Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin. They have the power of the Titans of old, with great strength, intellect and importance. Billions of people hang on their every word and are subject to their wisdom. Whether loved or despised, their great power is always respected. According to Time Magazine.

This means that world leaders and entertainment moguls are lining up to hear Kim Kardashian’s sage thoughts, while bluegrass, country and folk musicians are begging Kanye West for ideas. Really? Dear Time Magazine, are you sure? While Vladimir Putin and Hillary Clinton have significant influence on my life as well as the lives of billions of people, I do not know anyone who gives a rip what Kanye West and Kim Kardashian think, say or do. No one at all. To the vast majority of people on Earth, Kanye and Kim are the punch-line of the Fish-stick joke. They make most folk roll their eyes and snort with a mixture of laughter and disgust. Kanye West is simply a spoiled little boy who throws temper tantrums when he does not get what he wants. Not even the 9th Circuit Court would dare equate West to influential. As for Kim Kardashian, there isn’t anyone who can even explain why she is famous in the first place, let alone name anything productive she brings to the table.

What if Time Magazine is right? What if Kanye and Kim really do sway the masses? That is a good question, and it’s answer lies the movie Idiocracy. That is the only world where these two are really important.

Does Raising the Minimum Wage Cause an Increase in Unemployment?

Between 1950 and 2012 America’s unemployment rate has been between a low of 2.9% in 1953 and a high of 10.4% in 1983, with a median of 5.7%. The Federal minimum wage, adjusted for inflation (2013 dollars), has ranged from a low of $5.95 in 2006 to a high of $10.70 in 1968, with a median of $7.47. The government has increased the minimum wage 14 times between 1950 and 2012. According to many right-wing, capitalist voices, such as radio journalist Lars Larson, every time we raise the minimum wage, unemployment rates will rise and businesses will fail as a result. Is it true?

The quick answer is no, but that is not necessarily a justification to raise the minimum wage beyond small adjustments for inflation.

Between 1950 and 2013 the government raised the minimum wage 14 times. Unemployment rates actually fell 8 out of 14 times.

Between 1950 and 2013 the government raised the minimum wage 14 times. Unemployment rates actually fell 8 out of 14 times.

Originally, our government enacted a minimum wage standard to stop wealthy industrialists from raping the American worker. Today the purpose of a minimum wage is to provide a young kid with no skills, or a disabled worker, a base wage that gives them a sliver of human dignity. It is a place to start, not a long-term survival strategy.

The national rate of unemployment does not seem to respond to raising or lowering the minimum wage.

The national rate of unemployment does not seem to respond to raising or lowering the minimum wage.

Adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage today is about the same as it was in 1950, the buying power of about $7.25/hour. Between 1950 and 1969 America’s full time, minimum wage was about 95% of the median wage. That means, for those two decades, almost 50% of jobs in America were essentially minimum wage jobs.

While it does not reflect increases in worker productivity, and has not kept pace with the raises the top 1% have afforded themselves, since 1980 the gap between minimum and median wage has steadily grown.

While it does not reflect increases in worker productivity, and has not kept pace with the raises the top 1% have afforded themselves, since 1980 the gap between minimum and median wage has steadily grown.

Today’s median American income is the same as a full-time, $13.00/hour job. That is $3.50/hour better than the nation’s highest minimum wage, Washington D.C.’s rate of $9.50/hour. Only 4.3% of American workers are paid the federal minimum. Once you factor in the cost of non-wage compensation, things like employer subsidized health insurance, today’s yearly wages and benefits are significantly better for 96% of Americans than in 1950. That is why America’s “poor” can usually afford lattes, smart-phones, high-speed internet, Xbox and Netflix, in addition to the traditional beer and cigarettes.

While wages certainly have not increased at the same rate as worker productivity, and the wealth gap between the top 1% and the rest of us has become vast chasm fueled by extreme greed, no one can rationally say that America’s working poor, as a group, are not better off today than 30 or 60 years ago. All that time, the minimum wage, adjusted for inflation, has essentially been flat.

Plenty of states with high minimum wages have low unemployment while plenty of states who use the federal minimum wage have high unemployment.

Plenty of states with high minimum wages have low unemployment while plenty of states who use the federal minimum wage have high unemployment.

In today’s America, most minimum wage jobs are found in small, Mom & Pop operations run by your next-door neighbor, like restaurants, landscaping services, small retailers, family farms and the like. These businesses often run on very thin profit margins, and their owners are rarely fabulously wealthy. These are the businesses most affected by increases in the minimum wage. They can handle inflationary increases, but if you think a small, independent business can suddenly absorb the difference between $8.00/hour and $15.00/hour, think again. Unfortunately, when they go out of business, they hardly make a statistical ripple in the economy. While their existence is important to the spirit of America, they do not mean spit to our GDP.

Years with low unemployment rates have the same affective minimum wages as year with high unemployment.

Years with low unemployment rates have the same affective minimum wages as year with high unemployment.

And that is why raising the minimum wage does not now, nor has it in the past had a statistically significant impact on unemployment and business failures in America. No one in their right mind can pin any economic bust on the wages of the least among us. It is the captains of industry and banking, along with political spendthrifts, who are responsible for all our busts, not some kid stocking shelves at the local market.