In the aftermath of the November election, four new states approved referendums to increase minimum wages beginning in 2017. And at the forefront of these popular votes was an army of liberal activists who spent much of the year funding protests that would call for hiking wages for individuals doing entry level or low skilled work.
But as we know from those who are politically positioned in the far left, laws and initiatives they pass for the ‘good of the people’ are often ones they place in loopholes so that they themselves can avoid the consequences of such laws. For example, when Obamacare was passed in 2010 multiple exemptions were given to unions, which have always been the bread and butter of liberal support.
The history of the minimum wage has for the most part harmed workers far more than it has helped them, and this has been no exception over the past few years where businesses have either closed down completely, fired or cut hours for staff to be able to afford the increased labor costs, and in some cases, replaced workers completely with machines since the increase in labor costs now makes it more affordable to replace them with automation.
Yet perhaps the most ironic consequence of the liberal push for forced increases to the minimum wage is what is happening now to liberal Hollywood where several small theaters in California are at risk of either closing down, or having to lessen the amount of productions and actors they normally would employ when they previously could pay them a wage less than the new standard. And these same liberals who demanded higher wages for burger flippers at McDonalds went to court to try to keep themselves from having to pay higher wages in their productions.
A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a lawsuit that would have prevented Actors’ Equity from requiring small L.A.-based theater companies that sign its contract to pay their actors at least minimum wage.
The suit, whose lead plaintiff was former SAG President Ed Asner, argued that forcing small companies to pay minimum wage will put many of them out of business, thus reducing opportunities for local actors. Actors currently make as little as $7 a day at some small venues. Beginning January 1, the minimum wage in California will be $10.50 an hour.
Declaring the “case closed,” U.S. District Court Judge Terry Hatter dismissed the lawsuit today “without prejudice,” meaning that the plaintiffs can file suit again if they so desire.
“The dismissal of this lawsuit, which we had always viewed as a frivolous and costly legal matter, is a victory for our union,” said Equity executive director Mary McColl. “Not everyone in our union agreed with changes in policy that our council put in place in April of 2015. We understand those opposing views, however many of our members needed more than the nominal performance stipends, which had been the longtime practice. These are not unpaid internships – this is work. Now that this matter has been addressed internally and validated by a federal court ruling, we can devote our energies to working with Los Angeles’ theater producers to help them find the best ways to employ our members.” – Deadline
Far left politicians and activists are often the epitome of George Orwell’s book, Animal Farm, where they preach that everyone is equal, but some (themselves) are more equal than others. And besides the examples above of liberal hypocrisy regarding Obamacare and exemptions from minimum wage laws, this hypocrisy extends even further such as with artists who are publicly refusing to participate in Donald Trump’s inauguration while just two years ago these same liberals decried Christian bakeries who didn’t want to provide service to homosexuals who were getting married.
Liberalism is and always has been a mental disorder, built on guilt and envy from those who feel they have too much, or those who do not have enough. And in nearly every instance where laws are passed that place burdens on most of the country, it is always the liberals who cry foul when suddenly they are stuck having to follow the same policies they only desired to impose on others.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for The Daily Economist, Secretsofthefed.com, Roguemoney.net, and Viral Liberty, and hosts the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.