The minimum wage, always a hot topic. Today we explain why government shouldn’t be involved.
In 1508, Pope Julius II hired Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
“Now Mike, last month Mario and Luigi painted the outside of the chapel.
To save some money, I purchased paint rollers and large 8-inch brushes at a sale they were having at Walmartio. I want you to use the same rollers and brushes when you do the ceiling. You will, of course, reduce your equipment fees accordingly. As well, I will be paying you the same exact wage as I paid Mario and Luigi. All painters get the same.”
Michelangelo was speechless. Not only did Michelangelo not speak English, nor go by the name of Mike, but he was extremely insulted to have been placed in the same category as ordinary house painters. Not that there is anything wrong with painting houses for a living, that is just not what Michelangelo did. Nor did he see any way to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel using the equipment Pope Julius was going to force him to use.
Pope Julius was very wise and very powerful, but Michelangelo did not have any confidence in this painting system of broad strokes and did not like having all painting jobs treated equally.
Five hundred years later the broad strokes of government trying to force equality still do not work, nor will it ever. (more…)