Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Immoral Governor of California

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill on Monday that will in steps raise the California minimum wage to $15 per hour.

During the signing ceremony, Brown admitted that the minimum wage can not be justified "economically." In other words, he knows it will cause unemployment among the least productive members of the community. Yet, he called the law "morally correct."

Hell, of a guy. He thinks government coercion, that will prevent businesses from being able to economically hire low-skilled workers, is morally correct.

The truth of the matter is that there is nothing immoral about free exchange, If a worker wants to take an offer to work below a preset government level, why shouldn't that be between the worker and the employer offering  the opportunity?

Governor Brown's comment, indicating an understanding that minimum wage laws cause unemployment, reveals the truth behind the Governor's  signing of the law, he did it because he was pressured by special interests, in particular, unions. (High minimum wage laws  benefit unions by eliminating pesky competition for jobs from non-union workers.) Indeed, at one point in his comments, he admits that it was a "politically correct" move.

It's really sad that a man, who once studied to become a priest, claims his own weakness in not being able to stand up to union influence is really a morally justified stance. It really shows you the horrific nature of politics. Jerry Brown is 77 years old, and even at this late age, he fears to stand up to special interest legislation where he obviously understands that the legislation will cause unemployment among the least skilled in the state.



  1. Just because someone is not employed does not mean they are not participating in the economy. If they sweep the floor in their house, that is just as economically significant act as sweeping the floor at a fast food joint. If they raise a tomato in their garden, that contributes as much to the economy as a tomato raise by wage slaves.

    We need to get over the idea that the only activities that that are economically significant are activities that are blessed by the mother-may-I government.

    1. Wage slaves? Are you sure you understand the concept of slavery?

    2. Couldn't agree more. And Immoral describes Brown to a T. But other words come to mind such as despicable, slimy, ugly, unworthy, worthless, wretched and evil. My favorite to describe the governor is slubberdegullian, a vile, slimy reprehensible person. But in politics this is as good as it gets. In fact we should rename the office so that instead of referring to governor brown we call him Slubberdegullian Brown.

  2. Ironic isn't it that nearly all of the most evil acts committed by governments over the last 100 or so years, were precipitated by a quest for social justice and a desire to help the working man? They should call this bill, the Large Business Competition from Small Businesses Elimination bill or the No Skills, No Job bill. Its funny how progressives unwittingly gravitate to things that benefit large businesses and almost always seem to have no problem hurting "some folks", if they believe most "other folks" benefit. BTW, California better do everything it can to hold onto its "rich folks" because its government is going to get a hell of a lot more expensive at every level and I doubt the public unions are willing to wait 6 years to see the full benefit.

  3. Speaking of winners and losers, how "weak'"could this career politician really be when one understands that state and federal government will take half of the raise in taxes.

  4. Para phrasing comments I heard on the radio from a "working class" individual: "Prices keep going up so we need the minimum wage to go up. That's the way the world works."

    Problem is most people do not ask why the world works that way.