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Letter: Higher wage lessons

Actually you are right. It is a bad example, as the entirety of the country was still recovering from the Great Recession in 2011. Maybe you forgot that millions of jobs were lost from 2008-2010? What was Pawlenty's record between 2003-2008? There's your true measure.

July 22, 2015 at 1:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Higher wage lessons

Some of your points are valid. Having been to many parts of the world where minimum wage is equivalent to $10 or $15/day, that's obviously way too far on the wrong end of the spectrum. But paying someone $15/hr when they were only getting $7 or $8 may actually be de-motivating. The minimum wage is a floor for the cost of labor. Such a huge jump is a major shock to small businesses. I can tell you that some will not be able to absorb it if they don't have price elasticity. My wife would have had to close her doors with that kind of an increase.

Untrained workers will suffer the most, as hiring will slow. I would demand higher productivity from fewer employees, meaning fewer minimum-wage jobs would be available, hurting those who need those jobs the most.

The effect is the same as if taxes were raised on small businesses. The inflationary effect carries through; a $5 increase in your wage does not mean a $5 increase in your buying power.

Finally, increasing the minimum wage so much when the labor participation rate is so low is very counter-productive. If there were little slack there, or the economy were growing very strongly, then by all means let's raise the minimum wage. That is not the case. It's basic micro-economics.

We 'doom and gloomers' are right a lot of the time about the unintended consequences of economic decision based on feel-good politics. The minimum wage should be increased nationally, but slowly and incrementally.

July 22, 2015 at 1:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: More Kansas children in poverty from 2008 to 2013

The welfare state is hurting families and kids, and Obama's rolling back of the Welfare to Work reforms of the 90's, and the expansion of food stamps have been brilliant strokes of stupidity. It does not absolve the right either, when they have a chance to properly reform taxes. Based on what I've seen, seems like Brownback has not made the best moves unlike Kasich and Haley in their respective states.

Also remember the measure of poverty really is an arbitrary line, what is it, anyone living at or below 20% of the median income, or average income? It's a silly statistic.

July 22, 2015 at 1:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU students headed to trial over records related to business teacher with Koch ties

One school in the University of California System would probably outweigh in liberalism what every school in the State of Kansas is for Conservatism. No hard evidence to support that, but having lived here for several years it's probably a safe assumption.

June 10, 2015 at 12:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Column: Russell Robinson recalls guarding Stephen Curry

The end of that game was the best defensive sequence that I can ever remember KU playing in 25 years. We lived in Curry's shorts in those last 18 seconds, the switch was executed brilliantly totally taking SC by surprise until we forced him into a mistake by holding the ball turned away from the basket. My heart must have been maxed out during that possession until Richards missed and I ran out to the backyard and let out a 10 second primal scream.

June 9, 2015 at 4:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Missouri fans celebrate Kirsten Mack’s grand slam as Kansas University’s Shannon McGinley watches it

GRRRRR, Hulk not like Missouri! ....nice season ladies, you've made us proud!

May 18, 2015 at 11:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A prominent goodbye sign from defunct Payless Furniture that labels Lawrence 'Obamaville' and much more

You could make the same argument about Democrats who make equally crazy statements. I think when you go that far off the wagon painting someone with a political party is like using the phrase 'social gathering' to describe an orgy.

May 11, 2015 at 3:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A prominent goodbye sign from defunct Payless Furniture that labels Lawrence 'Obamaville' and much more

Somehow, I don't think Fox News would condone this, so me thinks they probably don't want him as a viewer. Actually, I don't think any news channel would want him as a viewer.

May 11, 2015 at 2:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Greene undergoes hip surgery

So Ellis was hurt, Greene was hurt, Alexander was out...that's a lot of cards stacked up against you when you're trying to win.

April 17, 2015 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cliff Alexander to leave KU after one season, enter NBA draft

I believe Cliff would have exploded next year with more time under HCBS tutelage. Look at how much Withey & Aldrich & T-Rob improved. I know Cliff could have gotten there. I would love to see him at least be a solid player in the NBA. Best of luck to you CA, work hard, get smart.

As for OADs, let's get guys who will commit to two years in the program, please.

April 8, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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