Andy McKinney

Andy McKinney 6 months, 3 weeks ago on Minimum wage needs to be raised

Continued If we increase the cost of labor without increasing the efficiency of labor (by raising the minimum wage) we create a dead loss to the business. Our government predicts that one million jobs will disappear if we institute the proposed reform. It is inner city young men, Black Men in short, who will bear the brunt of this disappearance of jobs To advocate this is on the face of it racist. The people who will suffer are young and black. The people who will be best advantaged are the sons and daughters of white middle class people who earn money for school working as waiters, fry cooks and the like to earn money for college. It can be looked at as a method of transferring wealth from the very very poorest to the middling well off. Only a low down racist dog who gives not a farthing for the poor among us would advocate such a thing. I do see that there is no shortage of such people.

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Andy McKinney 6 months, 3 weeks ago on Minimum wage needs to be raised

Citizens, There is another thing that has yet to be mentioned. There is a trade off between wages and employment. In some other countries the minimum wage is higher than it is here. Their rate of employment is lower, in some cases dramatically lower. If the cost of materials to a business goes up, profits go down. It the cost of rent goes up, profits go down. It taxes go up, profits go down. The business will use the brain power of the managers to counter the effects of increased expenses. They might raise prices, they might skimp on quality, they might and have in our country, invest in labor saving devices to increase labor productivity. Increasing labor productivity increased the output of product as it relates to labor input. More profit per paid employee hour in other words.

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Andy McKinney 1 year, 8 months ago on A smart vision for our state

Mr. Meszar wants the state government to tax more in order to spend more, on attractive programs of his choice. I would counter that states with lower taxes have better outcomes across the broad range of social indices. Would higher spending in Washington D.C have any real positive outcome on the ultra expensive and failing school system? Would already very high tax Chicago improve measurably with even higher taxes? No rational person would say yes to either of these ideas. I have an idea for Mr. Meszar. Why don't we encourage our state leaders to use wisely the money that they take from our wallets already before allowing them to dip even further into them. That sounds reasonable to me. There are high tax states and cities and lower tax states and cities. Detroit or East Saint Louis are sinks of human despair but do have the Meszar virtue of high taxes.
No thanks. I like people, I think people should be free to earn, save, invest, succeed and be happy. I do not view people as sheep to be fleeced by their political betters.

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