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Zombified In Oklahoma

By The Reverend Published: April 16, 2014

Even though the zombie lie is hard to kill, employers are not our economy's job creators. Instead, as we've learned, consumers are our economy's job creators. Employers respond to demand.....demand is created by consumers with cash and/or credit. There's nothing radical or unusual about any of that. It's how an economy operates.

The problem with believing the zombie lie is that it distorts distorts the cause and effect nature of an economy, and it leads to seriously misplaced priorities. If the zombie lie that employers are our job creators is believed by enough people in positions of power, then, as we are witnessing today, policies aimed at helping the authentic job creators, consumers.....will be rejected.....or in the case of Oklahoma, made illegal.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill Monday prohibiting cities across the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage and employee benefits, including vacation or sick leave days.

Is that what conservatives mean when they talk at such lengths about freedom and liberty? And what about all the conservative talk about local and grassroots autonomy being the essence of a democracy? Is passing a law prohibiting Oklahoma city councils, or democratic referendums, from determining what minimum wage should be in their local communities evidence of an expansion of people freedom....or unilateral government authority?

Like many other conservative policies these days, Oklahoma's pre-emptive attack on low wage workers is defended with....well...ignorance....

Fallin defended her support for banning a minimum wage hike as an effort to protect consumers in a press release Monday, noting that "most minimum-wage workers are young, single people working part-time or entry-level jobs."

The truth....

Contrary to stereotypes and the repeated claims of minimum wage opponents, the overwhelming majority of low-wage workers are adults, not teens, and they contribute a substantial portion of their households’ incomes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three quarters of minimum wage earners are 20 or older.

See? If you start off with a bogus premise.....employers are our job creators....then everything which follows that bogus premise.....such as, "most minimum-wage workers are young, single people working part-time or entry-level jobs".....even though also bogus, inevitably follow.

Which, consequently, clears the way for.....a flurry of bogus....

"Mandating an increase in the minimum wage would require businesses to fire many of those part-time workers. It would create a hardship for small business owners, stifle job creation and increase costs for consumers," Fallin said. "And it would do all of these things without even addressing the goal of reducing poverty."

Again....that's not true either....

According to a February report by the Congressional Budget Office, raising the minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 to $10.10, while indexing future increases to inflation, would boost collective earnings by $31 billion for 33 million low-wage workers and lift an estimated 900,000 people out of poverty.

The problem with embracing and defending bogus economic policy assertions is that it leads proponents into a no-turning-back series of lies and errors in defense of that initial bogus economic assertion.

In the end, what conservatives who follow this inevitable trail of lies built upon lies resort to are actions which I would label anti-democratic, authoritarian, and I would argue, a tad fascist.

Opponents of the measure view the move by Oklahoma Republicans as retaliation against an initiative underway in Oklahoma City, where organizers have been gathering signatures to raise the city’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, in line with President Barack Obama's federal minimum wage proposal.

The petition, filed by the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation and attorney David Slane, would need to collect 80,000 signatures to reach a statewide vote.

Grassroots efforts in Oklahoma to put the minimum wage increase to a referendum vote are being pre-empted by what appears to be Big Foot Government intervention. The same type of Big Foot Government intervention conservatives, many from Oklahoma, insist they despise.

Sure, Oklahoma Republicans, just like all Republicans, and many Democrats, hold elected office for the sole purpose of rewarding the rich few. They have to dance with the money-filled, free speech bag which brung to speak. In our New Glided Age, however, shamelessness and greed lose their negative connotations.....the bogus premises and lies used to deceive and mislead voters build upon themselves into a mountain of ludicrousness, which conservatives, sadly and laughably, must still swear by to remain in good standing.

Heckuva a position to put your political movement in....but, you know, it is what it is.



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