Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Minimum Wage for Thee, but not for Me

It's important to point out hypocrisy in government, because in our system, you're really not supposed to have a set of rules for citizens, then a separate set of laws for a privileged political class.  That's what monarchs, tyrants, dictators, communist and socialist governments do.  Our system was supposed to be special, but it takes constant vigilance to maintain it, because it is the natural tendency of those with political power to improve their lives with it even at the expense of the rest of us.

Thies: D.C. Government Doesn't Pay a "Living Wage"
“People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.”

Someone needs to carve those words onto a wall in the D.C. Council legislative chamber.

Last week, the Council approved a measure that would require Walmart and other large retailers doing business in the District to pay a “living wage” of $12.50 per hour.

According to the D.C. Department of Human Resources, some full-time school maintenance workers and custodians make $11.75 per hour. The rate for a clerk at the University of the District of Columbia is $10.40.

Council members went to great lengths to criticize Walmart's pay scale. They should have taken care of their own business first.

The Council's thinking is flawed on other accounts, too. Their law targets Walmart while exempting other businesses from paying higher salaries.
Government doesn't have the right to punish one business, or to hold themselves to a lesser standard than they do others.  When they do, you need to know about it so you can object to your legislators.

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