Mess they have made of Health Care and the economy

Republican Talking Points- Democrats’ Minimum Wage War on Poor


In their War Against Jobs, President Obama and the Democrats are raising the Minimum Wage knowing it will cost beginners their jobs. Why?   Using Orwellian Doublespeak Democrats hope it will be a winning campaign issue and divert attention from the mess they have made of health care and the economy.


President’s Obama’s Executive Order increasing the minimum wage for federal employee affects 16,000 workers (under 1% of hourly workers) which may include presently unpaid Congressional Interns. It doesn’t take a federal law to pay them more.  The Senate version, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will eliminate up to one-million jobs, but help 16 million other workers, 29% of whom earn over 3 times the poverty threshold.


Democrats are counting on a misinformed and ignorant electorate, the 25% who don’t know the earth revolves around the sun,  the 29% who don’t know the name of the Vice-President, and the 999 of a 1,000 who can’t name the First Amendment’s 5 freedoms. In California only 1.4% of wage earners receive the minimum “learning” wage (less than 1% of full time workers) and only 1.7% of full time workers nationwide.  Also, most people don’t know the majority of minimum wage earners receive a pay increase within one year of starting a new job. Table 3


So why the all-out effort to raise the minimum wage? Because nearly every hourly worker ratcheted “above” the minimum wage (about 72 million workers) expects to get a pay increase whenever it goes up.  Organized labor’s union voters and campaign contributors are the Democrats’ target audience.  Those earning the minimum wage today are the sacrificial lambs — those seeking a first time “learning” wage job (27% are unemployed today) and minorities (50% unemployed), the people who suffer the most from “good intentions.”  The very rare fraction of married adults with children who earn the minimum wage after one-year are entitled to EITC (up to $6,044) to bring them above the poverty level.  The whole minimum wage issue is a political sham for the sole purpose of generating votes and campaign contributions.

An analysis by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that tracks political spending, of groups and individuals who wrote checks of more than $10,000 to super PACs and other political committees found big labor outspent big business by a margin of more than 2-to-1 during 2013.  Why do you suppose that is?

Teen unemployment
Source: Carpe Diem

Most of the times since 1974 when  minimum wage went up unemployment went up. As the cost of paying  minimum wage increases are eroded by inflation, low-income employment tends to rise again. There are many conflicting studies on the effect of minimum wage raises so you have to look to your personal experience to get to the truth. What do you imagine would happen to “learning” wage jobs if the minimum wage was set at $35 an hour as some labor unions are demanding? Their members, of course, getting $35 an hour now would receive $68 an hour.  Get It! Based on your own spending, do you generally buy more or less of something when the price goes up, e.g., food, clothing, shoes, homes, rent, etc.? Is  spending different when it comes to beginner wages?  Why do you think millions of jobs for elevators operators, movie theatre ushers, gas station attendants, newspaper boys, teenager lawn cutters, babysitters, doormen, etc.  have disappeared?  Formerly, millions of low-paying beginner jobs, but nonetheless, honest starter jobs.


From Chapter 8, Romancing The Voters.

The Seen and Unseen of elections

This concerns this week’s election (applicable nationwide) in San Diego. You can Skip the San Diego part and go to Part 2.

The Seen and Unseen of elections

“It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.” (Joseph Stalin)
In America, “Voters no longer choose representatives; instead the representatives choose their voters.” (Glenn Hubbard, Dean, Columbia University

Kevin Faulconer has reclaimed the mantle of Mayor of San Diego for Republicans.    The Democrat loss has been attributed to Faulconer cheating expectations, disgraced Mayor Bob Filner, David Alvarez’s age, his inexperience, President Obama endorsing Alvarez, the failed minimum wage issue, Democrat attacks ads on businessmen who create jobs, low voter turnout, and Filner’s and Alvarez’s Progressive agenda unmasked The Socialist Congressional wing of

Since 1971, Democrats have only been elected to the top office twice (Maureen O’Connor and Bob Filner). Since both Faulconer and Alvarez are likeable impressive individuals, my own assessment is the two major causes for Democrats losing were out of town labor union money (reminding voters of recent cities going bankrupt) and failure to get enough supporters to the polls (2% to 29% in precincts South of Interstate 8). Getting supporters to the polls supersedes all the above.

It’s truly amazing how a few votes determine city policies that impact your life, your work and your standard of living,
and the enormous difference between eligible voters, registered voters, and those who actually cast votes.

Kevin Faulconer, for instancewon the City “Primary” for Mayor with 16% of the VEP (Voter Eligible Population)

In 2012, Mayor Bob Filner won his “Primary” with 11.5% of VEP, and riding on President Obama’s coattails in his “General” election won with 36%.

The ever-popular Mayor Jerry Sanders easily won his last Election with only 18% of the VEP (aka REGISTERED VOTE)

David Alvarez won a City Council Primary in 2010 with 6% of the VEP (3,343 votes). He then won his General Election as stepping-stone to running for Mayor. Amazing, it took only 3,343 votes to get on the political merry-go-round. Enough to get President’s Obama’s endorsement for Mayor.

Businessmen who often want special privileges supported Kevin Faulconer (40% of his money).
To be more successful they typically hire more workers, and often pay a “learning” minimum wage.  In California, only 1.4% of wage earners receive the minimum wage and most for less than a year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The Average Wage in San Diego is $27.47 an hour. The union promoted minimum wage issue failed to get traction.

Labor Unions, which always want special privileges, supported David Alvarez (80% of his money).
To be more successful they typically must prevent non-union workers from being hired and competing for unionized jobs.  Union members automatically and including most wage earners (the 98.6%) above the minimum wage are the main beneficiaries of minimum wage increases (when the city, state or federal governments increase it). Where government workers are concerned, the taxpayers pay for the increases directly and as incorporated in pensions. (Since 1979 each time the minimum wage has been increased, unemployment increased).    Minimum wage increases:1990,1996,2007,2008,2009 Table 10-3


Number of workers (in thousands)

% of workers paid hourly rates

Total paid hourly rates

At or below minimum wage

At or below minimum wage


At minimum wage

Below minimum wage


At minimum wage

Below minimum wage

U.S. Total
















The only way for workers in general to earn more is “to become more productive” through profits, savings, and investments in machines, equipment and technology which enables more output per hour worked.

That said both political parties vie with each other over who will do the most for us — with our own money.

What is unseen in elections
Kevin Faulconer was voted San Diego Mayor by an “unseen” 20.5% (137,296 votes) of VEP.*
He did receive the “seen” 54.5% from those who cast votes, which under the rules, is all that counts.

For perspective, the nearly $5.2 million spent by Alvarez and $4.2 million spent by Faulconer only comes to $7.89 and $6.29 per registered voter (purportedly, less than spent on potato chips in San Diego and a bit more than a 30-second ad on the Super bowl).

A question: Should any politician’s vision who received less than 50% of the VEP be imposed upon us? Keep in mind that no U.S. President has been elected by more than 36% of the VEP in 100 years.

The point to be debated is what is the legitimate extent of so-called majority rule in a democracy where candidates rarely win with a majority of the VEP or even the more generous category, “registered” voters.

Should federal, state, or local politicians, by “majority” vote determine our church, whom we marry, where we work, media reports, what we say subject to IRS approval, determine a TEA party’s right to petition the government, a minimum wage, approve a Wal-Mart or Jack-in-the-Box; exercise eminent domain, prohibit guns and smoking in our cars/homes, mandate low-flow toilets, light bulbs, health-care; subsidize sports teams, vote housing shortages and as a result subsidize public housing  with taxes from  a greater number of people who did not vote for them?

Additionally, should elected officials be limited to approving Police/Fire Department/water/sewer, court, street and park, budgets, etc.?

We confuse Democracy, an appropriate method for determining who should be in charge of administering legitimate government functions — with what is the proper role of government in a free society.  Bruno Leoni, Italian jurist and political scientist noted, “When a bare majority prevails in an electorate of 100, 51 have the weight of 100 and 49 the weight of zero.”  Economist Murray Rothbard noted: “The government is not “us.” The government does not in any accurate sense “represent” the majority of the people…  “[Government] is that organization in society which attempts to maintain a monopoly of the use of force and violence in a given territorial area; in particular, it is the only organization in society that obtains its revenue not by voluntary contribution or payment for services rendered but by coercion.

Don’t misunderstand; government is not a necessary evil, as often heard. It is indispensable for protecting the people from predators, foreign and domestic, protecting private property, and invoking a common system of justice.  Since there have always been bullies, government is absolutely necessary for a free society to work, but government should act as an umpire in enforcing the rules and should not be playing the game using its monopoly on force and violence.  Ludwig von Mises notes that under a free market democratic system every penny spent give the right to a vote.  The consumers are sovereign. Consumers determine what is to be produced in what quantity and quality by buying or abstaining from buying.  The most effective way to Speak Truth to Power.

The question again:  Should any politician’s vision who received less than 50% of the VEP be imposed upon us? What’s your opinion?

* VEP (Voter Eligible Population), not to be confused with VAP (Voter Age Population).  VEP is a proxy for the broader Registered Voter rolls, which often include those dead, or moved, and non-citizens.

Fred Schnaubelt, Author of Romancing The Voters, is president of Citizens for Private Property Rights, a commercial real estate broker for 45 years and was a San Diego City Councilman from 1977-81.

Alveda King has “long argued” that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican.

Republican Reflections on why Martin Luther King was a Republican.


Not widely appreciated Reverend Martin Luther King, more than any other person, was responsible for the conversion of by the Democrat Party and its adoption of more fully Christian values after its nearly 200 years of racism, slavery, separation, and segregation.


MLK knew the history of the Democrat Party and its terrorist arm the Ku Klux Klan which had lynched Blacks up until the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  No wonder he was a Republican, 3,445 Blacks had been lynched (by Democrats) since 1882, according to the Tuskegee Institute.


Democrats dispute MLK was a Republican and like the Memory Hole in the book NINETEEN-EIGHTY-FOUR,  they keep erasing and rewriting history. I report, but you decide.


Alveda King  an American Christian ministerconservativepro-life activist, and author, is a niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of civil rights activist Rev. A. D. William King, Sr. and his wife Naomi Barber King.  Alveda King has “long argued” that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican.

Condoleezza Rice pointed out at Vanderbilt University that growing up in the South Democrats refused to register her father to vote, but Republicans did.

Senator John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Right Act, however,  it was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower signing it into law.                   

To help you decide for yourself if MLK was a Republican consider the likelihood considering during the 1960′s many Democrats, including Senators Al Gore Sr., Robert Byrd and Sam Erwin fought indefatigably to filibuster the 1964 Civil Rights Act (which passed only because more Republicans voted for it than Democrats).  Democrat Senator Richard Russell addressed the Senate stating, “We will resist to the bitter end any measure which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races…” With 18 Democrat Senators, he organized the longest filibuster (56 days) in U.S. Senate history.

While Democrats would prefer it suppressed, it was Democratic Attorney General, Robert Kennedy working for his brother the President, who approved secret wire taps and hidden microphones under Dr. Martin Luther King’s bed. The tapes were sent to King’s wife. Given the historical record of Republicans and Democrats then is it any wonder that Dr. King, like his life-long- Republican father, would be a Republican.

Today, after exclusively giving the Democrats their votes for the past 25 years, former Democrat Rev. Wayne Perryman in UNFOUNDED LOYALTY says “the average African-American cannot point to one piece of civil rights legislation sponsored solely by the Democratic Party that was specifically designed to eradicate the unique problems that African-Americans face today. The Congressional record shows that all legislation (since 1964) has had strong bi-partisan support.”  Perryman filed a class action suit against the Democrat Party for nearly 200 years of oppression. Perryman writes, “History reveals that every piece of racist legislation that was ever passed and every racist terrorist attack that was ever inflicted on African-Americans was initiated by the members of the Democratic Party, from the formation of the Democratic Party in 1792 to the Civil Rights movement of 1960′s. Congressional records show the Democrat Party passed no specific laws to help Blacks and every law that they introduced into Congress was designed to hurt Blacks.”  Knowing this why do so many people still choose to join the Democrat Party?

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We Simply Cannot Let People Who Work Take Home More Money

A Parable & Outlaw Marriage for State of the Union Speech by President Obama T

Better to have no job than a low paying job in this symbolic gesture to raise the minimum “learning”  wage for federal workers/contractors.  Less than 1/2% of federal workers receive the minimum wage according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In California, only 1.4% of all wage earners receive the minimum “learning” wage and 2.4% of full-time workers nationally — and rarely for more than one-year.  But, it sounds good like a politician should! This appeal to the uninformed is really a sop to highly paid union members, who get a wage increase whenever the minimum wage rises in exchange for their votes. (Since 1979 each time the minimum wage was increased, unemployment increased. es/LNU04000000?years_option=all_years&periods_option=specific_periods&periods=Annual+Data



The Income inequality Parable

The President is obsessed with Income inequality.  Why? After all, the President and his wife on their public tax return make more in a month than the average American makes in a year ($54,717 per month vs. $53,406 per year). Their friend Oprah Winfrey made 3,000 times more in 2012 — no re-distribution mentioned here. President Obama could explain the inequality gap through the “Parable of the Talents:” A man going on a long journey trusts his servants with his wealth to invest. One he gives 5 bags of gold, another 2 bags of gold and a third 1 bag of gold according to their ability. When he returned the first had doubled his 5 bags to 10, the second servant doubled his 2 bags to 4, but the third scaredy-cat buried his in the ground and returned only what he had received. The master gave the first two servants more responsibilities commensurate with their proven abilities. The third he replied is a wicked, lazy servant, and amidst much weeping and gnashing of teeth, took the bag of gold and gave it that servant who doubled his gold to 10 bags. Those who are capable and competent are given more —- from those who have been given much, much is expected. One moral of the story in Mathews 25:14:30 is the rich are not so much owners of great wealth but great managers (Bill Gates, Steve Jobs) who create wealth by investing in ways that enable others to become more productive per hour worked and richer. Hence: The rich get richer and the poor get richer.


Outlaw Marriage

One way to stop the income gap from increasing is to prohibit doctors from marrying other doctors. Doctors used marry non-employed housewives (when housewives was not a pejorative term).  Then they began marrying doctors, attorneys or other high-income college-educated professionals. To reduce income inequality between households, doctors must be prohibited from marrying other doctors, etc…. smart people must be forced to marry dumb or lazy people. According to the government, households can be comprised of one, or more members living together.  Hence, many high-income households have 2 or more members working while some low-income households have no member working. With inflation the gap in income inequality will always grow.  To be fair, according to some people, we simply cannot let people who work take home more money than people who don’t work. See:  27,619 people have commented have you?

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