While conservatives get to the bottom of Hillary Clinton and the Mysterious Missing Emails, the woman of the hour is on the campaign trail endorsing an economic policy that could prove catastrophic. Steadily pandering to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, Clinton said Friday that she approved of New York’s decision to move to a $15/hour minimum wage.
“The national minimum wage needs to be raised,” she said, drawing cheers from labor activists across the country. “The cost of living in Manhattan is different than Little Rock and many other places. New York or Los Angeles or Seattle are right to go higher.”
Funny how her first sentence seems to be contradicted by her second. No one could possibly argue that you can live off the same wages in New York as you can in Georgia. That’s one of many reasons why a big hike to the national minimum wage is such a terrible idea. Of course, when you’re talking 70 percent increases in said wage, the effects will be disastrous no matter where they go into effect. Seattle’s minimum wage has only climbed to $11 an hour so far, and already businesses are being forced to close. Economists predict the same is soon to happen in New York.
“Governor Cuomo, by executive fiat, just set the precedent that if you spend millions of dollars organizing made-for-TV protests then he’ll reward you with a whooping wage hike,” said Ashley Pratt of Worker Center Watch. “Unfortunately for the [Service Employees International Union], the new $15/hour new dues-paying members that they so desperately seek will probably end up being replaced by self-ordering kiosks.”
Pratt’s concerns are on point. If this debate over the minimum wage were taking place a decade ago, that would be one thing. Raising the wage this high, this fast would still be an enormous mistake, but it would conceivably be a mistake that could be quickly corrected. After a year of watching the economic damage, politicians could simply roll the wage back to a workable standard. Damage would be done, but we would still have a shot at reversing the cancer.
Things have changed, though, and they are about to change a lot more. Technology has reached the point where many major corporations are looking to replace workers with robots. This isn’t science fiction, this is reality. And the moment these corporations find it cheaper to employ computers than people, the day of the low-income worker is going to be finished. By raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, these liberals are bringing about an economic apocalypse that cannot be fixed. Once “self-ordering kiosks” become the standard, those jobs will never come back.
But hey, that means millions of Americans will now look to the federal government to keep them afloat. It may sound like a nightmare for the U.S., but it’s a dream for Democrats.