Worse Than The Problem

Minnesota – the state of 10,000 “progressive” advocacy groups.

And some of those advocacy groups run some very slick, polished, professional PR efforts.  Or – like the Alliance for a “Better” Minnesota, or “Protect” Minnesota –  at least loud and well-funded ones.

And then there’s the Douglas County DFL. 


The DugCo DFL runs a twitter feed that’s always a useful barometer for whatever the left end of the DFL’s intellectual bell curve is “thinking” has been told by the people paid to do their thinking for them. .

This went out on Twitter the other day:

@dc4DFL: Australia has a Minimum Wage of $16.88 per hour. Minnesota needs to seriously raise ours. #mnleg #stribpol

Wow.  “Seriously”.  That sounds like quite the imperative.

So let’s compare and contrast.

The unemployment rate for Minnesotans aged 16-24 is 11 percent.  Note that in Minnesota (and most of the US), full-time students aren’t considered “in the labor market” in the same sense as someone working for a full-time living. 

And in Australia?   It’s 19% “not fully engaged” (neither working nor studying full-time).  And if you compare apples to apples – drop full-time students from the “work force” – then close to a third of Australians between the ages of 15-24 are neither working nor studying full time. It’s a little under a third if you count only Australians from 20-24. 

Bear in mind (and I say this more for the benefit of people who’d read what the DugCo DFL says seriously than for most of this blog’s audience) Australia’s economy isn’t currently mired in one of the most dismal recessions in their history.  Their growth was hit by the global financial crisis over the past six years – but not like ours. 

So – even in a relatively healthy economy, Australia’s unemployment and underemployment among younger, lower-skilled workers is much higher than in Minnesota. 

Of course, Australia’s high minimum wage is one of the products of the Labour government…

…that was just tossed at the polls two months ago.  While I saw no evidence that the minimum wage was a pivotal issue, an artificially high minimum wage is part and parcel of the whole raft of “progressive” policies that stagnate economies. 

Uncle Ryan Winkler might want to find himself some smarter stenographers.

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