[Ed. – It’s nice that some folks do learn by doing – but why must everyone else suffer for their initial ignorance? Minimum-wage laws aren’t merely the vicissitudes of human life affecting the market. They’re deliberate choices that are guaranteed to kill people’s jobs.]
One restaurant worker in Seattle wrote in The Wall Street Journal this month that while she’s progressive, the minimum wage hike in the city led to her losing her job before Christmas. She also implored the far-left, economically illiterate dolts who push this policy to slow down:
This city’s minimum wage is rising to $16.39 an hour on Jan. 1. Instead of receiving a bigger paycheck, I’m left without any pay at all due to the policy change. That’s because the restaurant where I’ve worked for six years is closing as a consequence of the city’s harmful minimum-wage experiment.
I’m proudly progressive in my politics, but my experience shows that progressives should reconsider minimum-wage laws that hurt the very workers they’re trying to protect.
Again, we all saw the signs.