How Many Layoffs are Too Many for the Left

by: the Common Constitutionalist

When we hear practically anything regarding the minimum wage, we’ve been conditioned to first and only think of fast-food workers – McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, etc. But there are many other low skilled workers being paid on the same scale.

But particularly recently, as many States are pressured by far-left groups like “Fight for 15,” to increase the minimum wage, it is the fast-food employee which takes center stage.

Article after article has been written by liberal economists attempting to convince the public that a wage hike will not only not have a negative effect, but instead will be a positive.

In 2014, Jared Bernstein, a former chief economist to Vice President Biden, took such a position. But we on the right understand that words mean things and as such, when reading a post written by a leftist, one must read a little more carefully.

Arguing that “raising the minimum wage doesn’t lead to layoffs,” he wrote: “Those who argue that increases in the minimum wage will lead to large numbers of layoffs have a problem: They’re consistently wrong. Job losses from moderate increases in the minimum wage have repeatedly been shown to range from zero to ‘small…’” read more