Politicians pass "sin" taxes to discourage the use of things like tobacco and alcohol. They know that higher prices cause lower consumption. But then the politicians contradict themselves. They act like the logic behind "sin" taxes does NOT apply to the minimum wage law.
Here’s a brand new way to think about this issue...
Raising the cost of employing people must reduce the supply of jobs in the same way that "sin" taxes reduce the use of cigarettes and whiskey.
Said another way...
If minimum wage laws do NOT cause unemployment, then "sin" taxes do NOT reduce the consumption of smokes and booze.
The logic is inescapable. If a person has skills worth only $10 an hour, then an $11 minimum wage makes it illegal for that person to gain employment. Overall employment rates may NOT be affected, but the employment rates for low-skilled workers surely will be. In other words...
Minimum wage laws harm the poor. They prevent low-skilled people from gaining the experience needed to earn higher pay. This tends to make low-skilled people dependent on the political class for tax-funded support. This may explain why politicians are willing to contradict themselves. "Sin" taxes and minimum wage laws both make politicians more important and powerful, but at the cost of harming the poorest among us.
We should restore the bottom rungs of the economic ladder by ending the minimum wage law.
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