To The Daily Sun,
As a newcomer to the Lakes Region, having lived in Merrimac County and the Concord area most of my early life, I was happy to see and read of the spirited ideological debates that are being offered by folks who try to stay informed on the issues of the day. However, as some of the readers of this forum obviously already know, some things never change!
We live and pattern our lives, and make choices, based on a belief-system that is developed by our experiences, and by the influences of the people we know and associate with. As a result of that, everyone, whether they know it or not, or even whether they will admit it or not, has a "worldview," an opinion about different things based on that belief system, and their "worldview" shapes their thinking, their perceptions, and their actions on virtually everything in their life.
Someone who thinks that big government, for example, is the answer to most societal problems, will have a "worldview" that will always look favorably on any new governmental program to solve those problems, and they will support almost every new proposal from the political leaders they like to raise taxes to pay for what they consider to be the solutions. After all, they believe that those who are well off financially, and therefore more able to afford those higher taxes, either got their wealth by taking advantage of someone less fortunate and stealing from them, or were simply in the right place at the right time and became a winner of "life's lottery," or were just somehow anointed to be successful. They certainly couldn't have just earned it the old fashioned way, and therefore don't deserve to keep it all!
That same "worldview" generally supports progressives and left-wing Democrats who will predictably vote for people for political office, who will campaign and promise to spend other people's money through increased taxes, to provide more and more goods and services (i.e. entitlements) paid for out of the public treasury.
Also that same "worldview" believes, for example, that the founding fathers got it all wrong when they had the foresight to provide us with ..."the right to keep and bear arms..." That's the boneheaded "worldview" that says the 2nd Amendment has always only been intended for hunting and sport shooting. However, the country's Founding Fathers were smarter than all of the progressives who ever lived put together, because they knew that some humans, if they become leaders (servants) of other humans, given half a chance, will become intoxicated with that power and become tyrannical, and those other humans one day may have to defend themselves against those same "servants of the people!"
When some people become so self-righteous that they refuse to be held accountable to a God-given standard of behavior that the rest of us try to live by, they begin to make up rules as they go along.
We are all born into this world with certain God-given unalienable rights, that of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, not the guarantee of happiness, and not at the expense of someone else's rights.
And that brings us to another boneheaded "worldview" of these folks regarding the "minimum wage" issue, and the people's "rights" associated with it. "Make it as high as possible," is what they believe, and it doesn't matter who it hurts, as long as the "low-intelligence voter" believes it, when progressives and big-government socialists tell them it's a "good thing."
FACT #1: most young people bring little or no skills with them when they enter the job market for the first time; the minimum wage was designed to give them an opportunity to develop some work skills;
FACT #2: no one has a "right" to a job; many people believe the lie that they have a "right" to a job, and are therefore not grateful for the opportunity;
FACT #3: people don't go into business to provide jobs for people. In a capitalist economy, people go into business to make money;
FACT #4: the minimum wage was not intended for the bread winner of a family of any size; it was, and still is for people with no marketable skills, entering the job market for the first time. If someone is the bread-winner of a family of two, three, or four, or more, he should have made sure he had the skills to support that family before he had that family!
If the present minimum wage of $7.25 is not enough, as some progressives think, and that $10 or $15 is better, why stop at $15! Why not increase it to $25? If $15 is good, isn't $25 even better? How about $35? I tell you what! If $15 is better, why not increase the minimum wage to $50 per hour and make everyone happy?
Maybe progressives want to change the minimum wage laws, but they cannot change the laws of economics. Increasing the labor costs for the least skilled members of the workforce means layoffs of those most expendable. That's a law of economics that can never be repealed.
Small business owners are the most powerful engine of any economy, and we are fortunate that most of them are benevolent and civic-minded enough to hire some unskilled and unproven workers who bring nothing to the job market in the beginning. But they are not going to do it at the expense of the success of their businesses, a fact totally misunderstood by the progressive "worldview," and most politicians who have never worked in the private sector.
Like our current president!