State Sen. Martin Looney, D-New Haven, is criticizing Republican Gov. Jodi M. Rell because she may veto a proposed increase to the minimum wage.
I've written about this before, but, obviously, Looney and his simple-minded ilk aren't paying too much attention.
If you raise the minimum wage, everything else increases proportionally, making the increase moot.
Is that too hard to understand, Marty?
Let me make it as clear as possible: An increase to the minimum wage will help no one, and will actually hurt middle-income residents!
If a guy who used to make $7.65 an hour starts getting $8 an hour, his boss is going to raise prices to make up for the extra money he has to pay his employees.
If the McDonald's where that guy works used to sell Big Macs for $2, that Big Mac is now going to cost $2.25. If the cable company has to pay their telemarketers more money, then the company simply charges more for the service to make up for it.
So the guy who just got the increase in his minimum-wage rate sees no real increase, because it's already been eaten up by increased costs everywhere else.
However, people whose incomes do not increase simply have to pay more for things, even though they're making the same amount of money as before.
The proposal to raise the minimum wage is a parlor trick. It is designed to appeal to the poor and the ignorant in order to gain their political support.
If Looney and his pals want to help the poor, then they should be honest and tell those people that minimum wage jobs are not supposed to be able support a family. That's why people are supposed to go to school and work hard, so that they can get a job with pay that can support a family.
If Looney and his peers really wanted to help the poor, they would be honest and show those people how to better themselves, instead of constantly trying to reinforce the behavior that keeps them poor.