Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Minimum Wage and Holy Scripture

The King James version of Ecclesiasticus 34:22 reads: "He that taketh away his neighbour's living slayeth him." One way to take away a neighbor's job, his means of life, is to use the coercive power of the state to force the neighbor to accept a wage that potential employers are unwilling/unable to pay. If a minimum wage law leads to a single person's unemployment, ergo, it goes against Scripture as well as civil rights. And while the number of unemployed created by minimum wage laws is disputed, the number is certainly greater than one. The fitness center here at Augustana College has cut its hours due to the minimum wage increase that took effect in South Dakota the first of the year and look what suddenly appeared in the local Sam's Club, in lieu of the woman who used to hand out the samples. How many more people shall we slayeth?

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