Just something to think about. Since the first of the shutdowns / closures enacted by various politicians, the big box stores have been allowed to stay open while almost every small business has been forced to shutdown, often by threat of draconian reprisals.
As I write this article, the minimum wage has risen or will rise this week in 20 states, the most widespread non-federally mandated raise in the minimum wage in US history.
This is the result of a national “movement” of low-wage workers, their advocates, labor unions, and Left-wing politicians fomenting anger, discord, and hysteria about the supposedly widening gap between the rich and the “poor” in the United States.
Raising The Lowest Rung
Of course, the presumably unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage is that teens just entering the workforce, especially Black teens, will find it more difficult to get a job. Simply put, raising the lowest rung puts it out of reach of the less able.
So what will happen is that more youths will find it harder to break into the employment market and that this barrier will “disproportionately impact” Black youths, thereby helping to perpetuate and exacerbate the syndrome of Black unemployment, poverty, criminality, and dependence upon- and cognitive servitude to government largess.
Not so oddly, I predicted this a year and two days ago. Also not so oddly, I’m less than perfectly pleased by being right.
In recent decades the phrase, “As California goes, so goes the nation” has become commonplace, strongly implying that California leads the way in America’s political, social, and economic trends. Sadly for America’s future, this is not a wholly unfounded idea.
One need only look to the effects of California’s leftwing, neo-Socialist laws, regulations, and taxcode upon small businesses to see that, if California leads the way, then that way is to financial ruin.
This is not to say that California doesn’t provide many well established routes for Californians to start small businesses, the driving force in employment.
California’s Many Routes To Starting A Small Business
It’s just that those routes all lead out of California and into states with less punitive laws and taxes and, obviously, the jobs those small businesses would provide followed along the same routes.
Both sadly and scarily, California did lead the way in this. On a national scale America is suffering the same fate as our laws, regulations, and tax code drives corporations overseas because offshoring is the only way that they can survive in the current global market.