The Washington Post reports that the state
of Maine’s House voted on a bill to reduce the minimum wage for tipped restaurant
earlier Cleveland Tea Party blog reported on Mayor Frank Jackson’s hopes of increasing
the minimum wage for City of Cleveland employees.
Minimum wage laws are a perfect example of feel-good statism, in
which the professed goal is noble, but the execution inevitably fails and makes
things worse. The state can no more repeal the law of supply and demand than
it can the law of gravity.
But don't tell that to the
Seattle City Council, which just commissioned
a new study intended to get the answer it wants, from a scholar who
has contended, in effect, that supply and demand don't really work at the
bottom of the wage scale. The wonderful thing about working with numbers
is that by choosing baselines, time periods, and sample bias, you can find
almost whatever you want. As a graduate student who got a Ph.D. in
sociology, I saw this clearly and was sickened by people openly proud of the
ways in which they got to the conclusions they wanted for ideological reasons.
Nobel laureate Ronald Coase famously summed it up: "If you torture the
data long enough, it will confess."
Cleveland.com reports that Mayor Frank
Jackson intends to raise the minimum wage for City employees, so that in order
raise up the
earning power of the bottom end of the workforce.
would affect as many as 500 employees in a wide array of jobs, ranging
from clerical and custodial staff to park and recreation workers to police
and fire cadets. The workers are both full time and part
time, union and non-union.
InfoWars reports on the actual results of the
city of Seattle’s decision to raise the minimum wage:
Helping the “forgotten man” was an important and successful message for President Donald Trump in his election campaign.
He tapped into
the anxieties of many Americans who are struggling to find work and are
watching as traditional industries disappear or are gobbled up by automation.
While some of
this development has been natural, much has been artificially created by bad
policies. In particular: the minimum wage.
report was released Monday about the impact of minimum wage hikes in Seattle,
Washington. The study, conducted by economists at the University of Washington,
showed that minimum wage laws significantly decreased employment for
the report found that average hours for low-income employees had also declined
since Seattle’s $13 minimum wage law began being implemented in 2015.
Another idea that sounds good at
first, until you consider the consequences, both intended and unintended. Speaking
of consequences, elsewhere we read that Jeff Bezos’s purchase of Whole Foods will be
followed by replacing employees with robotics in the warehouse.
Update: The photographer points out that the flying banner may be a message TO Senator Portman, not sponsored BY Sen. Portman. If so, apologies to the Senator, and here's hoping he considers it. [Apparently] Senator Rob Portman hired an advertising plane this
afternoon to circle the downtown Cleveland area. He is coming out of the gate
opposed to the newly-revealed/leaked Senate version of President Trump and
Secretary Tom Price’s healthcare bill. If Portman is opposed to the bill, it is
probably a pretty good start to the process of repealing Obamacare.
The original (’09/’10) ObamaCare bill was 2,700
pages and most of the toxic takeover construct was intentionally and
ambiguously deferred to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius where she added an
initial 74,000 pages of regulatory and compliance rules and procedures. [Those
HHS regulations now total 673,448+ pages and growing.]
Conservative Treehouse also has a fascinating analysis of the Trump
healthcare plan. His blog post is worth reading in full, but here’s the very
long-term (3 step) approach – the non-government healthcare market, the
majority of the population, will break free from almost all of the ObamaCare
government regulations; and the insurance market will be empowered to provide
an insurance product that fits the individual needs of the person purchasing
System Approaches – Much like Secretary Mnuchin is proposing leaving government (via Dodd-Frank) attached
to the “too-big-to-fail” group of banks and cutting all else loose from the
regulations, so too is Secretary Price proposing to leave government attached
to the “at risk population” (Medicare and Medicaid), the group 99% of all
political talking points are structured around, and cut everyone else loose
from the regulations.
•Step #1 establishes
the ability (decouples ObamaCare). •Step #2 allows HHS to frame the
parallel system (deregulation). •Step #3 establishes the broader parameters for
the non-government health insurance market.
The Wall Street Journal has a report about the ill-advised Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its director
Richard Cordray. (The article link is to the CETUS website, since WSJ articles are usually behind a
paywall). Cordray was appointed by the Obama
administration in 2012 to head up this agency. Prior to that appointment, he
had been Ohio Attorney General but had lost his Senate race against Mike
In 2011, Cleveland Tea Party’s
Ralph King pointed out that the position of the Director
of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is, “in more accurate termsConsumer
Financial Protection Czar”:
director of the CFPB is empowered to regulate almost any industry for any
reason and cannot be removed for any reason other than malfeasance. The
position is a five-year term, so the next president will have to deal with
Cordray regulating our economy, despite the president’s wishes.
And now that next president,
President Trump is having to deal with it. And the Wall Street Journal (article titled “Trump
to Cordray: You’re Not Fired”) reports that the “Treasury
Department has made an excellent case for dismissal.” Further in:
problem is that Mr. Cordray won’t accept curbs on his power. Dodd-Frank states
that the President may remove the director only for “inefficiency, neglect of
duty, or malfeasance in office” rather than at-will like other agency heads.
Yet the report enumerates a litany of ways in which Mr. Cordray has flouted the
Treasury notes the “CFPB
has avoided notice-and-comment rulemaking and instead relied to an unusual
degree on enforcement actions and guidance documents.” The Administrative
Procedure Act requires regulatory agencies to issue formal rule-makings, or at
least formal guidance, to explicate law. Mr. Cordray says “facts and
circumstances” guide the bureau’s legal interpretations.
. . .
Cordray’s term doesn’t end until July 2018, and implementing Treasury’s reforms
as well as attendant rule-makings could take more than a year. Meantime, Mr.
Cordray can continue shaking down businesses with enforcement that he hopes
will propel his expected campaign for Governor in Ohio.
Some take-aways: The WSJ may point out the excellent case for
Cordray’s dismissal (not to say the elimination of the agency itself), but it’s
not about legal niceties, it’s all about politics and power. Mr. Trump is still
surrounded by hostile deep state operatives, bureaucracies, and Congressional Uniparty
opponents who ignore Obama Administration scandals and refuse to respect existing laws (think Lynch, Comey, and the FBI;
or Susan Rice unmasking of political opponents; or Lois Lerner’s IRS scandal, and
on and on)…. So it may be obvious that
Cordray and the CFPB are on the wrong side of the law, but The Uniparty and
Corporate Media don’t much care. Trump is probably choosing his battles.
I decided to blog on this
not only because the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its director
represent more of the swamp to be drained, but also because Richard Cordray may
very well run for Governor of Ohio. Voters should know what he’s been doing.
The full WSJ report is here.
The former tank
plant, which has been converted into the largest exhibition space in the United
States, played a key role in producing heavy equipment used in battles in Korea
and Vietnam in addition to arming American allies. Its historic role in the
country's history led to the selection as the host of the 42nd annualMilitary Vehicle Preservation
and the homecoming military show and swap meet.
Executive Vice President for the I-X Center, said the event is unmatched in
scale and scope.
something here for everyone from former employees of the tank plant, veterans,
people with interest in military history, right down to the kids — boys and
girls are fascinated with tanks and military machines."
(Jake Fuller's cartoon appeared with the article at Jewish World Review)
Colon’s column on the occasion of President Trump’s birthday is, as usual,
thoughtful. Her title is “When Losing an Election Makes You Lose Your Mind” –
and it will probably resonate with Cleveland Tea Party people. Here are a few
The presidential election of
2016 was an entirely different ball game because the man who won was a
completely different animal.
A billionaire nonpolitician was
elected who was also very dangerous to the settled bureaucratic elite in both
parties because he is uncontrollable by the special interests that rule
Congress. The wrath and derangement that spilled forth after the election and
continues still is unprecedented yet not completely surprising.
Although it made absolutely no
sense, the hype for a Hillary Clinton presidency was relentless and
overpoweringly waged in all sources, including the media, the Internet and
There were very few critics
asking the important question --- why this woman?
She carried more baggage than
an airport porter yet only one candidate (Trump) chose to call her a criminal.
. . .
It is clear that the Democrat
Party has become the amoral party of progressives aka Marxists and not the one
my family grew up with. There are no Zell Millers or like-minded thinkers left
. . .
If you're a conservative who
voted for Donald Trump even though he wasn't your first choice, you may have
ended up ostracized by the Democrats in your family or have ended up writing
off a number of friends who've expressed contempt for your choice. It's a very
wise policy not to discuss politics or religion but hard to do when your career
is about politics.
I've been called a moron, a
deplorable, unhinged, and worse by those whom I once believed were reasonable
but have now lost their minds. I choose not to return that vitriol for those I
care for and hope that one day they will come to their senses and realize the
sky is not falling and our POTUS may succeed in making America great again.
He will do this in spite of all
the mainstream media, leftwing pundits, social media, the entire Democrat
Party, RINOs, Hollywood celebrities and Soros minions spending his billions
waging phony protests against him.
I will continue to pray for
President Trump's success and I encourage the rest of the deplorables to wish
Democratic U.S. Sen.
Sherrod Brown of Ohio finds himself in serious political trouble after he inaccurately
accused Breitbart News Network and chief White House strategist Stephen K.
Bannon of being anti-Semitic last week. Bannon is the former executive chairman
of Breitbart News.
Last Tuesday, Brown
appeared at a Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) event in Washington, D.C.,
and bashed President Donald Trump’s White House and Breitbart News Network. He
spoke after Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a former Breitbart News national security
editor who is now a senior White House aide. Now, Brown is under fire as both
the head of ZOA and the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio in
2018—Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel—are calling him out publicly as he continues to
refuse to apologize and correct his inaccurate statements.
One of the cultural gems in
Cuyahoga County is the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in University Circle. Here are images from today’s visit, including our magnificent national
bird posing for the camera. (Photo images can be embiggened by clicking on the image).
But two of the images show that
political correctness has entrenched itself in the educational fabric of our
cultural institutions. I doubt that the withdrawal by the US from the Paris
Climate Accord will make a difference, but for Cleveland Tea Party members –- Pop Quiz: spot the two politically correct images.
Today is the 73rd anniversary
of D-Day, June 6, 1944. These photographs were
taken with an old Brownie Box camera by the skipper of the first LCT to
successfully deliver troops and equipment onto Utah Beach that morning. The
grainy smoke-filled image was taken at H-Hour.
Tea Party salutes our veterans, past and present.
E. Jeffrey Ludwig at American Thinker had
some inspiring observations after listening to President Trump’s Rose Garden
speech explaining his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Ludwig singled out this paragraph from the speech (his emphasis):
are serious legal and constitutional issues as well. Foreign leaders in
Europe, Asia, and across the world, should not have more to say with respect to
the U.S. economy than our own citizens and their elected representatives, thus,
our withdrawal from the agreement represents areassertion of
America's sovereignty. Our constitution is unique among all nations of the world.
And it is my highest obligation and greatest honor to protect it. And I will[.]
... It would once have been unthinkable that an international agreement could
prevent the United States from conducting its own domestic economic affairs,
but this is the new reality we face if we do not leave the agreement or if we
do not negotiate a far better deal."
Before taking look at a few
of Ludwig’s further thoughts on this speech, I would note that the EU folks
took the bait, and they don’t even know it. The headline at The Independent:
himself as being the ultimate deal maker - but he just broke one of the best
deals we had
The Guardian reports that France’s new President, Emmanuel
Macron responded (my emphasis): “I tell you firmly tonight: we will not renegotiate a less
ambitious accord. There is no way,” said Macron. In other words, Trump slammed
the door, and Macron et al nailed it shut. What cards are they left holding?
Ludwig comments on Trump’s decision to invoke
America’s sovereignty in his speech:
saying these words, President Trump announced to the world that we are
departing from the trajectory of the U.S. toward globalization. . .
Sovereignty has not
been discussed in the public square for a long time. . . .
Trump is thus
speaking against not merely membership in the Paris Agreement. By
speaking of our sovereignty, he is throwing down the gauntlet to our entire
strategy of world relations during the post-WWII period. His reference to
sovereignty suggests to this writer that he is forthrightly bucking a 72-year
trend toward multilateralism, a 72-year trend of diluting American sovereignty.
He is saying no to a furtherance of the many financial and legal
compromises made when entering into to such extensive networks. With
great clarity, he closed his announcement by saying, "In other words, the
Paris framework is just a starting point. As bad as it is. Not an
Seeing that our
continued membership would be the beginning of a further phase towards global
governance, the president decided boldly to say "no." We can
conclude that his "no" is likewise to be seen as a first step – a
game-changing, powerful, proactive step – toward regaining our precious