The Reverend


Freedom and liberty have once again broken out in a GOP-dominated state. This time, the liberty-breakout, the freeing up of freedom....almost takes one's breath away.



As you are well aware, the GOP is promising this election cycle to restore freedom and liberty to the People. President Hussein has been out there for over 7 years deliberately stomping out any freedom breakout fires that patriotic, conservative, freedom lovers have attempted to start. And so, brave and courageous Republicans, to counter the freedom-hating Tyrant, have taken to their own "laboratories of democracy", the states they control, to demonstrate, first: that they will fight tooth and nail to restore freedom, and second: to give all Americans a glimpse of what true American freedom, if given a chance to breakout all over the Homeland, will look like.....



Alabama (GOP) Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill Thursday barring cities and towns from setting their own minimum wage just as Birmingham was set to raise it to $10.10.



The legislation’s passage came after the Birmingham City Council voted to increase the city’s minimum wage, according to AL.com.



Freedom must be guarded carefully, you understand, because if it isn't, then poor working, liberty-loathing Americans in designated cities would destroy that god-given freedom by being paid $20,000 per year instead of the more-patriotic $15,000 per year they are paid now.



Like me, you may not fully appreciate the conservative version of star-spangled-banner freedom and liberty. However, this explanation helped me to finally comprehend exactly what god-and-country Republicans mean when they talk so often about "restoring freedom". I hope it is as clarifying a moment as it was pour moi....



“We want businesses to expand and create more jobs – not cut entry-level jobs because of a patchwork of local minimum wages causing operating costs to rise. Our actions today will create predictability and consistency for Alabama’s economy, which benefits everyone,” State senator Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills argued Thursday.



Admit it....those progressive scales blinding your eyes, making it impossible for you to, you know, get it.....fell away after absorbing that lesson in freedom, didn't they?



State GOP government "laboratories"....where patriots toil exhaustively to protect and defend "businesses" from enemies of freedom and liberty....acted in Alabama to "create predictability and consistency" for the state's "economy." The Alabama state GOP senator meant "businesses" instead of "economy" there, but he already used the word "businesses", so I'm sure he was trying to avoid redundancy.



What I haven't been able to decipher, until now that is, is how keeping worker-wages low, how maintaining a minimum wage below levels of the 1960's, "benefits everyone." That has been a tough freedom-nut for me to crack.



But now I get it.....so allow me to explain...



Making sure that local communities in a state don't raise minimum wage levels brings "predictability and consistency" to "businesses" who don't want their "operating costs to rise." Ours is a free, competitive market economy and if operating costs for businesses rise due to higher wages, then those businesses will be forced to recalibrate and search for new ways to make their businesses competitive. And that is what Alabama Republicans worked so hard to prevent.



U.S. workers should work longer and harder because that is what capitalistic freedom requires.....but.....NOT businesses. Businesses are to be coddled, and, whenever possible, kept immune from free-market unpredictabilities and inconsistencies.



You can clearly see that higher operating costs as a result of an increased minimum wage would force business owners to work harder in order to compete. Think of all the new work business owners would be facing. Why, they would have to make their operations more efficient in a free-market, competitive environment. Some businesses might even be forced to close their formerly-competitive doors.....just like one out of every two new businesses do within their first five years of operation right now....and without an increased minimum wage.



So, all Alabamians will "benefit" by the vetoing of Birmingham's minimum wage increase. Working citizens there won't have any more money with which to purchase more stuff from the state's private businesses....but they will find comfort, I'm sure, in the "predictability and consistency" of knowing that their living standards will never improve. AND, business owners will be spared the unpleasantries of having to work harder in order to compete.



See?....it's a win-win....for freedom and liberty.