By marfdrat on July 13, 2013
The economic ignorance of these people is hard to fathom. By “ensuring a living wage” that’s 50% higher than the federal mandate, they ensured that Walmart and other big box retailers don’t set up shop in the district. So long jobs – who need’s ‘em when you’ve got the government to fill the gap? Those six Walmart stores would have provided jobs for about 1,500 people.
By marfdrat on February 15, 2013
Blah, blah, blah, the minimum wage ought to be $10, $21, $47, $1,000 – doesn’t matter what number they pick, they’re wrong. I always love those pronouncements about what the minimum wage ought to be. By whose reckoning ought it to be that number? Or any other number? This article in the Huffington Post tries to use increases in worker productivity to justify an increase in the minimum wage.
By marfdrat on January 8, 2013
Very good article on two developer brothers challenging the union-dominated status quo in Philadelphia.
Brutish threats, expletive-heavy protests, oil poured at construction-site entrances–for years, Philly unions have used intimidation and bully tactics to protect their power. Then two young developers set up cameras and a website, and set in motion the most dramatic power shift the city has seen in generations.
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By marfdrat on September 26, 2012
Dylan Matthews examines the sources behind the wide disparity in average wages between the Metro D.C. area and the rest of the country. It looks like The Hunger Games.
Of the 10 richest counties in America, seven are in the D.C. area. To some pundits, that looks like strong evidence of crony capitalism. “Whence comes this wealth? Mostly from Washington’s one major industry: the federal government,” Ross Douthat writes in the New York Times. “Not from direct federal employment…but from the growing armies of lobbyists and lawyers, contractors and consultants, who make their living advising and influencing and facilitating the public sector’s work.”It’s a good theory. But only part of it holds up.
By marfdrat on February 24, 2011
In 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11.9% of workers belonged to a union. The percentage of public sector workers belonging to unions (36.2) was a lot higher than in the private sector (6.9). Any way you slice it, though, the rest of us are not particularly sympathetic to the complaints of unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere when it comes to collective bargaining rights: