Master of Puppets

Master of Puppets

Running shoes and marionettes (Prologue) I wrote this in the middle of June; it is now the end of July. Since then things have happened, but little has changed. I feel compelled to publish this because the average person out there deserves to know and be enlightened about and what no one else is brave enough to say out loud. What no local paper can write because they lack the access, the history, and the interest to publish things that people really need to know. Our local paper publishes history Because This Matters makes history. This blog started a few years ago writing about local issues. We’ve written about how Gertrude Walker wanted to build a Taj Mahal to herself, which after we went to press, quickly got nixed. We did an in-depth multi-article look into the land surrounding the Civic Center and how the County was supposed to put the land up for auction years ago. Soon after, the County announced the land was going up for auction.  We wrote about how the school board was dragging its feet in approving the expansion of a highly performing charter high school to include a middle school. Parents filled the school board chambers to overflowing and got it done. We predicted a black swan victory for Donald Trump when every other poll and publication predicted a Hillary landslide. Trump is Making America GREAT Again! Is this a self-serving pat on the back?  Once is luck.  We consistently put good wood on the ball. Why are we successful? We dig up the facts, scrape off the crud, connect the dots and follow the money. Today we look at politics, money, questionable motives, and politicians bought and sold. It’s all happening here on the Treasure Coast, right under our noses. It’s shocking. I’m shocked, and I don’t get shocked too easily, so I know you’ll be shocked as well. From here on out there will be facts, and there will be opinion. I will point out which is which when I feel it is important to discern between the two. I suggest putting your seatbelts on. (end of the prologue)

Queen’s Gambit – it’s about sacrificing the pawns

  What we know, facts. Running for office at any level is hard. It takes a lot of commitment from the candidate and especially from the candidate’s spouse and family. I’ve worked with many candidates before, so I say this from front row seats. I would never suggest that a husband and wife run for two separate offices at the same time. In local elections, your spouse usually fills the role of your support staff, and unless you have extremely deep pockets and can hire your own 24/7 handler, it is not going to end well without that support. Has it been done before? Yes. Should it be attempted without those deep pockets? Probably not. Anthony Bonna is running for St Lucie County Commission in a primary against three other Republicans. So, it came as a surprise when I found out some weeks ago that his wife, Sasha, filed papers to run for the State House in District 83 which puts her into a primary against Toby Overdorf for Gayle Harrell’s seat. Harrell termed out of her house seat and is now running for the State Senate seat put into play when Joe Negron decided not to complete his current term. Negron, who had the opportunity to serve for more years than term limits would normally have allowed due to redistricting, decided that doing an end-around against the wishes of the people was in no one’s best interest.

How and Why

One has to wonder how and why. How does one decide to run for office so late in the game? Anthony Bonna is supposed to be politically astute. Anthony is currently State Committeeman for the Republican Party in St Lucie County, has worked campaigns before, and until being selected to fill an empty commission seat was a digital media consultant for a firm that did a lot of work for candidates. Saying that you missed the petition deadline; didn’t know the importance of being at the St Lucie and Martin County fairs; unaware of the logistics of ramping up a campaign overnight; doesn’t pass the sniff test here. Unless there is more, and let’s face it, if there weren’t more I’d probably not be writing this. One could guess that Sasha feels that there is enough name recognition with Anthony being out in public with all those things going for him that I previously mentioned. Except for one thing. Sasha Bonna isn’t running for office.  Sasha Dadan is. Sasha chose not to change her name after getting married in 2015.  Not unusual, many women today who have their own professional life choose to keep the name they are known by.  No two-for-one specials on the campaign signs I guess. However, these campaigns will be linked, are linked. How can they not be? Why? Why has Sasha Bonna all of a sudden decided to run? Sasha was the lead attorney for Safe Space and by all accounts has had zero interest in politics before this, except for supporting her husband. No different than my wonderful wife who supports me in all my crazy political and non-political endeavors. Sasha’s zero interest in politics is not an opinion.  It is something she has told many people and fairly common knowledge. No, her prior zero interest is a fact. How does one go from zero to 60 in 3 seconds? Once again, why?  Well, I asked. I sent an email to Anthony and Sasha asking them just that.  I got a reply from Anthony so quickly that I knew it was a pre-written canned response. It answered questions I had asked but also questions I had but didn’t ask. To be truthful, I wouldn’t expect anything less. Doing something like this was bound to make the poo hit spinning blades normally reserved for cooling a room, and you had better be prepared for the questions that were about to come. To her credit, Sasha also responded with a canned response. Giving answers with little substance (opinion).

No Good Deed Goes Unpaid

Anthony Bonna was one of many who filed for the open county commission seat. I was told that Toby Overdorf sent letters to Governor Scott in support of Bonna. I had the opportunity to speak with Toby and asked him about it. BTM: “Did you write letters on Anthony’s behalf?” Overdorf: “Yes, yes I did.” BTM: “And Anthony was aware that you did so?” Overdorf: “Yes he was.” BTM: “Wow, how do you feel about this whole situation?” Overdorf: “I don’t know what to feel.” BTM: “I guess no good deed goes unpunished.” Overdorf: “Live and learn, live and learn.” BTM: “Why do you think Sasha is running all of a sudden?” Overdorf: “I don’t know why she’s running. I do know that she’s receiving some very poor counseling.” Overdorf went on to say that he expects a negative campaign from his opponent. I would agree, mainly because they cannot campaign on the issues, because Sasha doesn’t know them (opinion). [Note from the Editor:  After going to press, Mr. Overdorf notified BTM of an inaccuracy. Due to his position with the Martin County Republican Party he could not write letters on Bonna’s behalf, but said that he had indeed made a number of phone calls on Mr. Bonna’s behalf. After reviewing the notes taken at the time of the initial contact we realized our error.  We apologize to Mr. Overdorf for misquoting him, and to our readers for the inaccuracy. 8/1/18]

Bonna – Job Creator

Bonna can campaign that he is a job creator.  He created at least one that I know of. Well, not created a job, but created an opening. The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) is looking for a Field Director for St Lucie County. (I believe the job had been filled now) The former holder of this position was a young single mother, Rebecca Issacs. Rebecca is a proud Republican and enjoyed her job. She also considered herself a friend of Anthony and Sasha. When Rebecca found out that Sasha decided to jump into the primary at the last moment, she was just as shocked as everyone that knows Sasha. So, she decided to ask Anthony the question that everyone else had. Why? Text messages went back and forth. Text messages that I do not have and have never seen (fact). At some point, Anthony decided that Rebecca was not going to support Sasha’s candidacy. Maybe he felt that an employee of the RPOF needed to be unbiased. Maybe Rebecca told Anthony that she could not see any good reason why someone with zero name recognition, and zero previous interest in politics, should enter a race and cause an unnecessary primary, causing a perfectly good candidate to have to spend money better saved for the general election (opinion). Rebecca made the mistake of assuming she was conversing with Anthony Bonna the friend. She should have realized that she was speaking with Anthony Bonna the political opportunist. Bonna forwarded those texts to Rebecca’s boss, Rebecca got fired. It’s a shame because Rebecca made inroads into communities within this county for the Republican Party that did not exist before. You see, we failed to mention that Rebecca is not only a single mom, but she’s also a black single mom, a proud Republican in the black community carrying the Republican brand into rooms where the Party never had real and full access before. (fact) I guess Bonna felt we had a surplus of proud black single moms in the Republican Party that we can get rid of the ones that did not promote the Sasha Dadan candidacy (opinion).  Well played Mr. State Committeeman, well played (sarcasm).

A Broken Clock is Right Twice a Day

Soon after the Sasha Dadan’s coming out party, I was at a meeting where candidates had two minutes to give their stump speech. In attendance was Overdorf, Bonna, and Bonna2.0 (Sasha Dadan). Toby was first to go and mentioned what everyone knew that he now had a primary contender. Toby pledged, looking directly at Camp Bonna, that he was going to run a positive campaign without negativity. But if attacked he would have no choice but to attack back. He made that pledge and hoped that the other side would make the same pledge. Toby also provided a long list of political figures who recently gave their endorsement to him. Many on the list could also be described as Bonna supporters (possibly former Bonna supporters) and benefactors. (The poo had definitely hit the spinning blades.) Anthony came up after a few other candidates and spoke looking past the primary as if he were already the winner of the primary. A strong move on his part.  He spoke about how the Democrat that is running in the race got 75% of his money from out of the area. How the Democratic candidate was being bought and paid for by outside interests. Another strong move and something that will be part of the eventual primary winner’s messaging. Nothing new here, not giving out any secrets, this is Campaign 101 stuff. When Bonna said this, I had to bite my tongue to keep myself from laughing. You’ll see why in just a few seconds. A few minutes later it was Sasha’s turn. She gave us a quick background of herself. One thing she did say was that fundraising was going very well, to which I chuckled. Then she said that she opened her firm this past May, and that made me sit up and take notice (you’ll do well to take notice too). Dadan Bonna Law, PLLC has existed since August of 2017 (fact). I guess she meant to say that she just opened up her own firm, leaving Safe Space as lead attorney (opinion). Sasha did not meet Toby’s challenge of running a clean race. Sasha did not say that she too would pledge not to run negative ads (fact).

Connecting the Dots

Now to connect the dots. Now to give my opinion. Put on some bunker gear, from here on in it gets hot. You see, Sasha could not in good faith make such a pledge. Sasha has no idea what kind of ads will be run. Sasha is not in control of her campaign, outside interests are. The same type of interests that Anthony Bonna claims is a reason not to vote for the Democrat running for county commission.  Wondering if Anthony will take the same stance with Team Sasha. Can Anthony be right and wrong at the same time? No. Who is in charge? Who called Sasha Dadan (Bonna) and said, “All you have to do is show up, it will not cost you a dime. We take care of the money; we take care of the ads. We did all the research. You’re female; you’re attractive, all you have to do is sign on the dotted line, name our guy as your campaign treasurer. show up to events, say lots of nothing, stay off the issues, and let us take care of the rest.” Who made that call?  Not once, not only to Sasha but a few people.  Some said, “take a hike, I’m not for sale.” One other, who shall be named later, said, “Sounds good.” I’m sure Anthony and Sasha took all of five minutes to say ‘yes’ tentatively. Someone wanting the county commission seat and running in what could be a very close Republican primary might say, “This could blow up in our faces. I could be risking the commission race and a $70,000 paycheck, against a huge longshot for a job that pays about $20,000.”  (let that money difference sink in)  “We need to think about this.” I don’t think Bonna sees it that way.  He’ll see Sasha being in Tallahassee as an entry into better cocktail parties with more influential people than he ever could get into being in St Lucie County.  The commission seat is just the bottom rung to Anthony. (opinion-and that’s fine. It’s okay to have a desire to be in politics and move up the ladder.) Why tentatively ‘yes’?  Well, in Treasure Coast political circles it is said that Anthony holds it in until a certain someone tells him it is okay to ‘go.’ A decision like this must be run past this person. Unless this person was the dealmaker or puppet master in the first place. We might not ever get the answer to that. Why was it important to remember that Sasha just opened up her own law firm?  Well, if I am working for the John Doe Company and you wanted to pay me a huge consulting fee. A fee many more times than my actual consulting was worth, you could do so, but I’d never see that money, the John Doe Company would get all that money.  I’d get my regular salary or cut. If it were my own company, I could just hand you a blank invoice. You fill it in as you wrote me a check for whatever you wanted to write me a check for.  You value my consulting at what you wish to value my consulting.  I deposit the check into my business and thank you with a wink and a nod. If that is not clear enough for you let me give you a real-life example. Bill Clinton spoke for 40 minutes before executives of a Russian bank that had an investment interest in the Uranium One deal. A deal that needed the signature of Bill Clinton’s wife, Hillary. Hillary Clinton just happened to be the Secretary of State at the time. Bill Clinton’s normal speaking fee should have been around $50K, maybe a bit more. The Russian bankers gave Bill Clinton half a million dollars for a 40-minute speech. The Uranium One deal was signed, with a wink and a nod. That’s why you need to open your own business. I have nothing against people working for themselves. That truly is the American dream. Once again, this is all my opinion and conjecture. Take it for what it’s worth. I have no proof that this has happened, no proof that it will. When you make yourself a public person by running for office, you had better grow some thick skin because people will and should question your motives and question the people you get into bed with. Earlier we pointed to someone else that said, “Yes,” when the call came. That person would be Teri Pinney. How do we know she got a call? How do we know she was asked to run? How do we know it wasn’t her idea to run for office like Sasha Dadan would like us to believe in her case?  She told us. She told everyone.  Here is an excerpt of her answers that she put on TCPalm.   See the first line. “When I was asked to consider running.”  You can follow the link to the TCPalm and nowhere in what she wrote gives any indication as to who asked. Was it the family down the block? Was it people tied to big money PACs? Big Salt? Big Pepper? Big Attorneys? Was it the same people who asked Sasha to run? We are sure that you would find that very hard to believe, that the same people who pushed Sasha Bonna Dadan into the race could be the same people who asked (her words) Teri Pinney to run. TCPalm questions and answers from Teri Pinney TCPalm questions and answers from Teri Pinney To be fair, we have included the entire answer to the question so that you can read what else Teri wrote about herself. No clipping, no parsing, no underhanded tricks of the fake news media.  I like Teri, I have known her for quite a few years. She is a warm and trusting person. My greatest fear is that she has trusted the wrong people this time. We’re going to quote ourselves here, “name our guy as your campaign treasurer.”  That was from the call that might have happened and how it might have gone down. Once again, pure conjecture on our part, just a possibility in the world of possibilities. In the business world when a venture capitalist makes a large investment in a company they put in their people to watch over things, mainly the operations and the books. Most importantly the books, they want to make sure that their investment is being used wisely. Here are two screenshots from the Florida Secretary of State – Division of Elections website. They are from the filing documents of both, Sasha Dadan and Teri Pinney. To speed things along we’ve circled what we think you should make a note of. Campaign Treasurer filings of Sasha Dadan and Teri Pinney Campaign Treasurer filings of Sasha Dadan and Teri Pinney Just more dots, just more connecting, just more questions that I hope we can get answered.  Nothing private, here is the website to verify what I have posted here. http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/campaign-docs/ I am sure that it is just a coincidence. Absolutely sure of it. This is not about Sasha nor Teri.  This goes deeper, this requires more than a superficial scratching of the surface. Who or what group is trying to buy our local elections, use good people as pawns for their own gain. That is what we believe is going on here. Neither of these candidates had any interest in running prior to that phone call that may or may not have happened.  I have no doubt that they are very serious in their candidacy, but there are questions everyone should be demanding answers to. Why? Because This Matters
I’m Offended You’re so Easily Offended

I’m Offended You’re so Easily Offended

I’m Offended You’re so Easily Offended

Major emotional trespasses every day

 

picture of remote control off button

Off button – Greatest cure for being offended.

Hardly a day can go by where we don’t hear of someone being “triggered,” of explosions of micro-aggressions, of pseudo umbrage at faux racism. Near riots of those demanding extra rights at the cost of others giving up some of theirs.

There was an article in the Wall St Journal just the other day about the lack of sales in big-boy and big-girl pants. It seems that we’re not buying them anymore. If we don’t buy them, how can we put them on and pull them up?

Please do so at your earliest convenience. You know who you are.

The last two world ending events was when Netflix decided to hire Barack Obama to produce some things for Netflix.  Facebook exploded with conservatives demanding that all conservatives cancel their Netflix account. Some will do just that. Some will say they will but will have to close their blinds when binge-watching the next binge-worthy series.

I doubt the mass exodus from Netflix will happen.  After all, if it had any chance, we wouldn’t have heard about it on Facebook, since conservatives were supposed to be boycotting that for the past few years. Think about it for a second.

We like Netflix. We watch but a sliver of the massive amount of titles of TV, movies, and documentaries that they offer.  If the produce some liberal pablum it will only be added to the mountain of liberal pablum that they have.  Even then it will only be a small part of the larger majority of the stuff I don’t watch. My remote control still has an OFF button, most do. Those who are boycotting have remote controls with OFF buttons. I know it isn’t about the OFF button.

I suggest those who have just canceled their Netflix account fill their empty hours with scouring the S&P 500 companies. Look at the annual reports, look at the people on the board of directors. You’ll find liberals, progressives, people who gave money to Hillary. Shall we boycott them all?  I don’t think the Pennsylvania Amish community has enough room for all of those who will be forced to remove themselves from mainstream life.  Maybe the Mennonites have some room in the stable.

Not to be out done by conservatives, this past week was Rosanne Barr. Barr tweeted something that was supposedly insensitive. But that was not what forced ABC to fire her and cancel a top-rated show. After all, comedy is about being insensitive. There is always someone, some group, something at the butt of all jokes. Don Rickles made an entire career out of being insensitive. No, Roseanne wasn’t fired for being insensitive. She was fired because the target of her barb was a top liberal Democrat.

We don’t need any further discussion. I know it, you know it, they know it. If you need proof, I give you Joy Behar who, using Roseanne as some giant piece of litmus paper, would be fired every day.

Of course, for conservatives, there is no winning here.  It is not our field, not our game, not our rules. We should realize that by now.

So, what to do?

We win at the ballot boxes. We win in the primaries by making sure the conservatives carry on and we win in November in numbers that all their fraud cannot overcome. That is the only sweet victory I desire here.

Nothing felt better than to watch so many talking heads recreate the scene where Dorothy tossed a bucket of water on the Wicked Witch of the West. This November we get to do it all over again. Make it so.

Click the like button, share on Facebook, comment below.  If you don’t, I will be most highly offended.

Have no fear; I will never boycott you, my faithful readers.

 

 

We’re Back!

We’re Back!

Because This Matters.net is back
We Are Back !

We are back.  Yes, you heard that correctly. We stopped writing in hopes that the Pink Pussy Hat Brigade would some how calm down, that somehow the melted and melting snowflakes (is it illegal to use that term yet?) would congeal into some sort of Starbucks pink smoothie crappachino. Hoping against hope that Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Chucky Schumer, and the crew would finally calm down like Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Unfortunately, Nurse Ratched armed with a nuclear powered taser would not be able to subdue this army of talking point zombies.

New energy to write what YOU want to read. New format. New website, hopefully meaner and leaner and faster loading; – it’s a process, construction helmets are recommended, let me know if you find broken links, paths to nowhere, or a portal to the dark web where the Russians and/or Gertrude Walker fix elections.

Let’s face it, watching the liberal left meltdown of 2017 got tired pretty quickly.. no it didn’t.. I lied.. it’s mid 2018 and I’m still not tired of it, but just sitting back and eating popcorn is getting boring so it’s time to jump back in.  Keep my hand at writing and keep my audience smiling and chuckling.

So, buckle up Buckaroos, let’s tell it like it is.

I want to thank those that kept on asking that I continue to write. They know who they are. And to our Friday night group, for any of you lucky enough to bear witness, you know what feeds the insanity. Love is too small a word. I blame them I dedicate these pages to them.

 

 

It’s Morning Again in America – Again

It’s Morning Again in America – Again

Mr. Trump Goes to Washington

Last night, the Sun set around 6:20 PM EST and rose less than 3 hours later, shortly after 9:00 PM EST. It was Morning again in America. “It’s Morning again in America,” is a phrase that was first used in an ad by Ronald Reagan in 1984. Last night it was a feeling invoked by President Donald J. Trump.

In his first address to Congress, the President was nothing if not presidential. Something, they said he could not be. Once again, Trump has proven them wrong. (more…)

Open Letter to the Left

Open Letter to the Left

 

We all have friends and relatives that reside on the far left end of the political spectrum. Talking to them is hard, almost impossible. Facts, reason, and logic hold no sway. It is all about emotion. I feel for them. I see them in the streets calling for violence, wearing ridiculous hats and costumes making them look like body parts best not seen in public. They cannot accept loss because they have never had to accept it before. They have been sheltered by the false beliefs of their superiority.

 

So, instead of writing to a specific far left progressive liberal after seeing their Facebook post, I decided to write an open letter to all of them. Please feel free to forward. I was under the impression that when we discussed ‘fake news’ and how we should refrain from posting it that you were going to include yourself in the group that should refrain from posting fake news. Through all your postings you have yet to point to anything that President Trump has done that is outside of what he promised that he would do. These pledges garnered him well over the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency, as described in the US Constitution. I only mention this, so you will not have to waste time with the popular vote fallacy, and I will not have to spend time with the number of illegal aliens that voted in California, and in other states, as proved by the recount you and Jill Stein demanded. (more…)

Appeasing the Left – Place the EPA in Charge of Immigration

Appeasing the Left – Place the EPA in Charge of Immigration

Using Flint to Spark an Idea

How much lead is a bad thing? According to the EPA, five parts per billion is “cause for concern.” Meaning that in a billion molecules of water, if 5 of them are lead you have a problem. In Flint, Michigan that number rose to a frightening 27 parts per billion. Flint’s water was deemed undrinkable. So, what does this have to do with immigration? Trust me, as always, I’ll get there.
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Foreclosing On Obama’s Legacy

Foreclosing On Obama’s Legacy

With the end nearing, Obama’s frustration shows.

Lis Pendens Served

The housing market topped out in late 2006 and then the bubble burst sending home values into freefall. In 2007 and 2008 when we were looking for a house to purchase it was not surprising that the vast majority of the homes we saw were foreclosures. Many of the foreclosures we saw were left in ruins. No appliances, even the

Foreclosure for Obama's legacy

Foreclosure for Obama’s legacy

hot water heaters were taken. Not one piece of drywall was left intact and in some, bags of cement were flushed down the toilet. Some people who lost their homes were angry when they left. Not only did they turn out the lights they took the light fixtures and ripped out the wiring as well. Barack Obama will be leaving office in just a few days there will be tears shed. Some out of sadness, many out of joy. Before he leaves, Obama will rip the plumbing out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  (more…)

Getting Schooled on the Electoral College

Getting Schooled on the Electoral College

Confused by the Electoral College? Walgreens run out of safety pins? Read on, get ready to amaze your friends with new found knowledge. Every four years Americans go to the polls to elect the President of the United States. Well, not exactly.

Can the Electoral College be made smarter.

Can the Electoral College be made smarter?

Every four years Americans go to the polls to elect Electors that will then vote upon and elect the President of the United States. It is called the Electoral College and to everyone but political strategists, news anchors, and political junkies it is murky mumbo jumbo. (more…)

Minimum Wage, Dollars, and Sense

Minimum Wage, Dollars, and Sense

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.

3D rendering of gears

Everything connects to everything else. To every action there is a reaction.

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.

Minimum wage is a hot button topic. One of those issues where some people think they know all the answers. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25, here in Florida it is $8.05 and will increase to $8.10 on January 1st, 2017.

Those fighting for a $15 minimum wage talk about a living wage, social justice, social equality, et. al.  All the emotionally charged rhetoric we have become used to hearing anytime you give progressives a platform. Those fighting against raising the minimum wage will tell you that it will increase unemployment among young people, those most likely earning minimum wage.  Minimum wage jobs are meant to be entry-level “first jobs” that teach teenagers how to be an employee; show up on time, be respectful, follow directions, tuck your shirt in and pick up your pants.  The biggest argument against raising the minimum wage is that broad stroke government programs hurt those they intend to help.

Me? I will give you my answer in a little while.

Some of us are ‘more equal’ than others.

Let me ask, why $15 an hour? Why not $75,000 per year. This way everyone, including 16-year olds working at burger joints, can afford a house, a car, and a boat. Just think what that type of purchasing power will do for our economy!

Here is another idea. Why not let people just do the jobs where they can earn the most amount of money. If you want to be an airline pilot one day, just show up and start flying planes. Pilots make pretty good money.  Maybe people can become neurosurgeons. Lots of money, prestige, respect. Just take your hammer and chisel and head on over to the local hospital. Forget about all the schooling, testing, licensing, board certifications and experience needed for those careers. That is all meaningless. You need a job that pays well, and nothing should stand in your way.

What say you? You will not trust just anyone to fly a plane or to crack open your cranium? Are you saying that schooling, testing, and experience have a certain value that you are willing to pay for? Okay, but this is going to cause a problem under this whole social justice and equality thing you have got going on.

I know. Not only should we have a minimum wage but why not a maximum wage as well. In the name of social justice and equality these numbers can be the same. Let’s use that $75,000 per year. So, regardless of whether you are an accomplished neurosurgeon, a 16-year old kid working at the burger joint, or a high school dropout day laborer, you will earn $75,000 per year. While reducing the demand for college diplomas (and thereby reducing college tuition) I don’t see that plan working too well.  It’s a shame because I thought we just solved social justice. Feel free to keep on rioting for the cause.

Four Scenarios

Business A pays its workers $3 an hour. I doubt anyone will work there except maybe meth addicts. Not exactly the crème of the crop when it comes to employees. The work produced and the customer service provided is the worst in the industry. Business A will either have to increase what it is willing to pay for qualified employees or likely go out of business.

Business B pays its workers $18 to start and chooses its employees very carefully. While everyone wants to work for Business B not everyone can. Only those that can deliver the absolute best goods and customer service will get hired. It would do someone well to get experience and work on their skills before applying for a job at Business B.

Customers of Business B pay more for their goods and services but get the best goods and customer service. They appreciate top of the line, they are accustomed to it, and are willing to pay extra to get it.

Business C pays its workers $9 an hour. Employees come and go and the products and customer service are average at best. Customers of Business C are willing to accept less than the best products and customer service. To them, saving money is more important than getting the best products the best customer service. However, going to Business A is out of the question.

Business D pays its workers $7 an hour to start. The work is hard but those that stay for 12 months learn valuable lessons that allow them to earn $30 an hour or more in the second year.  Employees at Business D could make more with easier work at Business C. They choose to take less because they see it as an investment in themselves and understand the future earning potential that exists for them.

Which business has the correct employee pay policy, A, B, C or D?

The correct answer is All of Them. (Even Business A which will soon learn that the current market dictates that they will have to pay more to hire better employees.)

Set the Free Market free !

As private businesses, the owners should get to decide on pay policy. They know how much they can afford to pay, they know the margins and markets they operate in. Such, this should be a decision for the business owner to make and not the government.

As free individuals, people get to decide what they value their labor at and what they will be willing to accept for it in return. As free citizens, we have the option of patronizing only those companies that we feel treat their employees well, and conversely, boycott when we feel it is appropriate. If that is what we desire to do.

That is the nature and the beauty of the free market.

The government should play no role here nor in any of the 28 million other small businesses that exist, primarily because they do not know what goes on in any of them. There are infinite combinations of wages, work requirements, and benefits, and an equal number of reasons why a person would accept or reject them.

Alas, where there is a government there is a failure.

The City of Seattle raised their minimum wage in April 2015 to much fanfare. They celebrated the increase from $9.50 to $11 per hour and showed how low-wage workers had increased their income 12%, with minimal job loss.

A reason to celebrate unless of course, you are one of those that lost your job. All for the greater good, I guess. Those celebrating fail to mention that Seattle, the center of the high-tech region, had significant job growth during the same period. Nor do they mention that the wage increase was small, not the full $15 minimum wage. The increase to $15 will happen over the next 5 years. If they really cared about the minimum wage worker, why not all at once?

Opponents of a $15 minimum wage have never predicted a complete economic meltdown. We do predict that minimum wage workers will find it hard to find and keep jobs and get fewer hours when they do. We are concerned with teenage employment, and minority teenage employment, as those initial jobs are stepping stones to being a productive member of society.

Proponents of increasing the minimum wage point to those trying to raise a family on minimum wage. Though they cannot tell you why so many people are trying to raise a family on minimum wage. For that, they have no answer. How about this answer. Many who support the increase are the same people that support job-killing regulations and higher corporate taxes that force investment (jobs) overseas.

They also supported people like Hillary Clinton who championed putting coal mines out of business and their employees out of work with no idea where those workers will then be employed, other than minimum or low wage jobs.

It boils down to simple Economics 101; supply and demand. When you demand more of something, the price goes up. When you demand more labor, the cost of labor (wages) goes up.

Wage Against the Machine

Soon after Seattle passed the minimum wage increase local fast food restaurants started replacing workers with automated alternatives. This came as no surprise to those who understand business. I am sure it was a shock to those well-meaning people in Seattle who decided that they know more about business than those who actually own and run businesses.

All too often, when people get elected, they believe some kind magical knowledge is bestowed upon them, as well as the power to defy the laws of economics. Nor do they understand the laws of physics and how it applies to government. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every law and regulation, there is a team of high priced lawyers figuring out how to get around it and a lobbyist spreading cash to create a carve-out or exception for his employer.

The greatest hypocrisy of them all.

I found this on the State Department website. I have no doubt that you can find the same on most if not all .gov websites.

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States.  [Italics and underscore are mine]

Well, here is a little situation. The words unpaid and work in the same sentence. In some circles, you could call that slavery. If you are part of the government that writes the rules for everyone else, you can call it an unpaid internship where the experience you gain is worth more than being paid for your work.

What happened to the minimum wage? Was Clinton aware of this? Kerry?  Obama?Why is the government allowed to operate under a set of different rules? Who is marching for the interns?

Hundreds of years ago, you had apprenticeships where you got nothing but room and board to work hard for a master craftsman. Over the course of a few years, you learned the skills of that craftsman. Enough so that you can earn a living on your own. If you were good enough you too became a master craftsman and people would be eager to become your apprentice.

Just try that today. The Department of Labor would haul you in for all kinds of violations. Who knows, they might seize your business and your assets. The irony of it all is that your lawyers could very well have documents delivered to them by unpaid interns. I’m shaking my head, are you?

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