[Ed. – Back in the days when ‘The Simpsons’ was still a funny show, Homer Simpson was being shown a propaganda film but seemed unfazed. When asked about this, he said, ‘When I get bored I make up my own movie.’ The Times seems increasingly bored these days.]
Fresh on the heels of the ludicrous claim that Sarah Palin was responsible for the 2011 Tucson shooting, the New York Times editorial board published another head-scratcher yesterday, this one about Seattle’s minimum wage hike. The Times’ editorial, titled “Seattle shows the way to higher pay” notes the study found the wage hike to $13 an hour did “more harm than good.” And yet, a few paragraphs later the Times simply dismisses those findings….
In attempting to assess the effects of the increase, the Seattle study excluded workers at businesses that also have locations outside the city, including chains and franchises like Starbucks and McDonald’s. The intent was to isolate the impact on Seattle employers, independent of outside business concerns. But the consequence was to overlook — and most likely underestimate — the experiences of employers who can best afford the raises. Similarly, the study blames the minimum wage increase for a decline in low-wage work in Seattle, when a likely cause is the city’s strong economy in which competition, not the minimum wage, bids up pay….
But here’s what the NY Times doesn’t tell its readers…. [T]he multi-state businesses were actually more likely to respond by cutting back on hours.