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Cartoon of the Day: The torch has passed

Liberty Unyielding - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 4:52pm
New secretive "investigators" have their instructions

Ocasio-Cortez channels ‘Hope’ in … breakout moment?

Liberty Unyielding - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 3:59pm
Aspirational iconography.

Alan Dershowitz rips Mueller as a partisan hack with ‘his elbow on the scale’

Liberty Unyielding - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 1:32pm
The partisanship is showing, big league.

Politicians in California Town Wipe Out Jobs and Businesses with Higher Minimum Wage

Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 12:38pm

A couple of years ago, I praised federalism in part because state and local governments would be less likely to adopt bad policy (such as higher minimum wages) if they understood that jobs and investment could simply migrate to jurisdictions that didn’t adopt bad policy.

But “less likely” isn’t the same as “never.” Some state and local politicians can’t resist the temptation to raise taxes, even though that means workers “vote with their feet” for places with lower tax burdens.

And some state and local politicians continue to mandate higher minimum wages (see hereherehere, and here), even though that means workers have fewer job opportunities.

Today, we’re going to look at some fresh evidence from Emeryville, California.

The local newspaper has an impressively detailed look at what’s happened to the town’s labor market.

Representatives from the Mills College Lokey School presented data from its recent ‘business conditions’ survey to our City Council on Tuesday. The study confirmed what restaurant owners warned when the ordinance was hastily passed in 2015. They are struggling, rapidly raising menu prices and increasingly looking to leave. …It’s getting harder to find small food service businesses that were around in 2015 when the MWO was passed. Emeryville institution Bucci’s, Commonwealth, Farley’s, Scarlet City … all gone. In fact, nearly all the brick & mortar businesses that comprised the short-lived Little City Emeryville small business advocacy group have moved, folded or sold. …The survey also identified that “the restaurant industry is clearly struggling.” Specifically, small, independent, non-franchise establishments are having the most difficulty.

Here’s some of the survey data on the negative effect.

Here’s some specific information on how restaurants have been adversely impacted.

…nearly all the new businesses that have opened have embraced the counter service model that requires fewer employees. Paradita Eatery, whose original plan was for a full service sit-down restaurant, cited Emeryville’s wage ordinance specifically for ‘pivoting’ to a counter service model. Counter service models require fewer employees to offset higher labor costs. …The only full service restaurant that has opened since the Minimum Wage was passed was 612One Asian Fusion which folded after just two years in business.

One of the reasons for the economic damage is that Emeryville has gone further and faster in the wrong direction.

The local law is more onerous than the state law and more onerous than other nearby communities.

But it’s not just workers who are suffering.

Consumers are adversely impacted as well.

One commenter, who identified herself as a resident, questioned why the survey did not include consumer data noting her dining frequency was altered by the drastic price increases she’s observed. …She noted that she used to frequent her local Doyle Street Cafe 2-3 times per month but last year went only twice. …Once franchise owner noted that the price increases they’ve been forced to pass along have ironically had the biggest impact on vulnerable communities that are more price-sensitive. “Our largest decrease in guests are folks over 50. Obviously our elderly, disabled, and folks on fixed incomes are unable increase their income to compensate for the price increases.”

Let’s close with a new video from Johan Norberg, which looks at the impact of minimum wage increases in San Diego.

P.S. If local communities are allowed to mandate minimum wages higher than the state level or federal, shouldn’t they also have the freedom to allow minimum wages that are lower than the state level or federal level?

P.P.S. A number of European nations have no mandated minimum wage. As explained in this video, that’s an approach we should copy.

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Image credit: Alex Proimos | CC BY-NC 2.0.

The case to impeach Trump for bigotry

Liberty Unyielding - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 8:30am
Osita Nwanevu, New Yorker

Former de Blasio staffer pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Liberty Unyielding - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 8:13am
Shelby Talcott, Daily Caller

Ocasio-Cortez to return to her old job for a day (keep your fingers crossed she likes it and stays)

Liberty Unyielding - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 6:37am
'I know it doesn't sound like much — $2 an hour. But when you multiply it by 40 hours, by 130 people, it becomes a big number. It was going to increase our monthly payroll $46,000.'

The Snake

Tea Party Tribune - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 5:29am

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Man is a violent creature. That’s because there is a snake within him, placed there by evolution to insure his survival at the expense of everyone else. This is my surprised face. Throughout history civilization has tried to contain this snake. Nothing ever works in the long haul. Gun control, knife control, people control. You can’t just cut off everyone’s hands, and if you did, you’d just have to pull everyone’s teeth because man is a violent creature. You can’t defang the snake.

Civilization is just that. To take what is basically a wild beast and make it behave. We are all born narcissistic. A baby has to find some way to survive. And, these days with Planned Parenthood and all, that’s not a given. States are lining up to just protect the baby after the first heartbeat, and the liberals are doing everything they can to redefine “heart.” Hey liberals. That’s the part you don’t have.


The baby doesn’t care where the food comes from so long as it gets to the mouth. As time goes by it begins to understand that the food primarily comes from one source. Long about that time it will say, “MaMa,” which loosely translated means, “Feed me!” This is known as “bonding.” If there is no primary care giver that the child can connect with food ie survival, then it begins to understand that since food comes it must be the child itself that is causing this and it becomes detached from people, and becomes a “RAD.” Reactive Attachment Disorder. But, is it truly a disorder, or an evolutionary leap of the snake producing a new generation of self sustaining humanoids. Food, but no mama. Sex, but no love. Life, but no God!

If a child develops normally the brain actually grows a conscience. You can see it on an MRI. Where is the snake! It’s right under your nose, or behind it actually. It’s known as the brain stem. It makes the heart beat, the lungs work, all the features that make the body exist. And it is reptilian. A little gift from our ancestors. All purpose and no reason. And its only purpose is to survive . . . by any means necessary. Then, if provoked it forces its will upon the ”higher” regions of the brain, and if there is no buffer ie conscience, the creature will do whatever the snake tells it to do. That was the “snake” that Eve fell in love with for all you Pat Robertson fans out there.

But, as the child grows, hopefully with nurturing, layer upon layer of conscience is put between that snake and the outside world. The child will still want the cookie but will ask first, knowing that the care giver will give a cookie and perhaps more if the rules are followed. But, the snake is always there because man is a violent creature!

When the snake gets out we are always beside ourselves. It shoots up schools, kills family, goes from one end of the country murdering ladies that it never met, and the police are endlessly searching for “motive.” There is only one. The snake got out and man is a violent creature!

So, we blame the instruments of our destruction. We ban guns. Recently in Japan, a man entered a school bus and began butchering little girls. He used a knife. The Boston Strangler used his hands. The overall weapon of choice is a hammer. Women prefer poison or child support to destroy a man, but everyone is missing the point. Man is a violent creature! Once you understand the snake the rest comes easy.

We all have the potential for mayhem. We all have that snake in the back of our heads. We all strive to keep the snake well fed and happy. When the snake is unhappy, we become unhappy, and if the snake is unhappy long enough then we get Columbines, and ISIS, and Ted Bundys, and dead little girls in Japan. Because man is a violent creature, and the snake never sleeps. It really doesn’t. Google it!

The Butcher Shop

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