Minimum Wage Updates, Will They Ever Get It?

First, remember a few days ago when the “honorable” Congressman Faleomavaega referred to Dr. Walter Williams as ‘breathtakingly stupid’ for his comments re: the federal minimum wage?

Well, here’s a bit more.

Review & Outlook: The New Cannery Row – “Hidden inside the latest Democratic spending bill is an $18 million taxpayer handout to American Samoa. How did that get in there? Read on for another lesson in the uncreative jobs destruction of the minimum wage. When Democrats in Congress increased the minimum wage in 2007, the U.S. territory of 65,000 in the South Pacific pleaded for its traditional exemption from the wage law to prevent job losses. But Democrats followed union orders and said that if multinational companies like StarKist, one of Samoa’s largest employers, could pay its CEO millions it could afford to pay workers $7.25 an hour. So they raised the minimum wage for low-skilled Samoan workers from $3.26 an hour to $5.25 today and by 2015 it will rise to the current U.S. minimum of $7.25. Job losses have followed the way that any economics 101 student would expect. Last September Chicken of the Sea closed its tuna canning operation in the territory, leaving more than 2,000 Samoans jobless.”

Minimum Wage Cruelty: Update by Walter E. Williams: “Most other minimum wage supporters are decent people with a concern for low-wage workers, but their actions suffer from a misguided vision of how the world operates.”

Additional links:
Faleomavaega Calls for Walter Williams to Apologize for His ‘Breathtakingly Stupid’ Comments
The Minimum-Wage Kills Jobs and Opportunity