By John F. Di Leo -
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organized a fast food protest, demanding that their prospective members all price themselves out of a job.
So, understandably unable to resist a straight line while filling in as a talk show guest host, pundit Erick Erickson said that if you’re still earning minimum wage at 30, you’ve probably failed at life.
It’s easy to blast Mr. Erickson for the tone-deafness of his comment. While certainly true of some, his quip is hardly true of most minimum wage employees. But is that fair? Is it reasonable, or helpful to the national economic and social debate in any way, to allow the discussion over the minimum wage to move away from the actual issue of the minimum wage and onto the question of whether conservatives are tone-deaf or not?
Rather than allowing the Left their usual privilege – to change the subject as fast as possible – let’s get down to the specifics, and explore the minimum wage, in purpose and in practice, shall we?