Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Today we will address the Minimum wage. Folks, with all the fuss by radical Dems to raise the minimum wage let’s talk about some actual facts. I see a lot of misinformation propagated by the LEFT, out there. Here is some context for one state, PA. Dem proponents are complaining about all these families affected by it, First fact: Those earning minimum wage in PA represent about 2.5 % of total employment a very small amount, and FACT 2: 80% of those earning minimum wage have no children. So now we are down to a number less than 1 % of total employment. Dems contend you can’t raise a family on minimum wage. Of course it was never intended to. Most of those jobs are low skilled or introductory positions intended for young people or workers looking for second employment. In Addition, Fact 3: almost 70% of those on minimum wage work part-time. Then we have the assertion that min wage earners are all low income that need help. Fact 4: 17% come from household incomes of over $100,000, and nearly 30% from households over $75,000, only 34% come from households under $30,000. So again we are talking about a very small number and we have many welfare programs like SNAP that when utilized boost their income well over a living wage, in some cases to as much as $50,000. Raising the Min wage would help thousands of workers in demographics that do not need the help of the rest of us. Another important point, reginal differences. $15 an hour is different in NYC than North Dakota. It does not make sense to force one standard on the entire country. Raising the minimum wage hurts small business as Bernie (economic ignoramus) Sanders found out recently with his own campaign team when after a call to pay them $15 he was forced to reduce hours. Let me provide another example, a wonderful young business woman in my area started a dog grooming business and has now expanded to three locations. She employs over two dozen, mostly young people, that can make over $40,000 per year if they hustle. Their base wage is less than $15 but far higher than minimum. If forced to raise the minimum wage to $15 she will have to let go many of her employees and raise prices which could reduce her gross intake possibly even forcing closure of one of her locations. There is no reason for government to interfere in anyone’s business, in fact there is sound reason NOT to. Raising the minimum wage has a ripple effect on other employees in the business. Recently, An IHOP manager explained how he would have to cut hours and automate to cover employees he would lose. “Fifteen dollars at the busboy level means considerably more at the cook, and head cook level.” Not only does this policy harm workers but it contributes to inflation which has been mostly held at bay. There is another dirty secret why Dems are pushing this issue. Many wage contracts for skilled workers are tied to the minimum wage. So if the min wage rises so does the wages of a plethora of jobs already earing much much higher wages. Raising the minimum wage is a bad idea. The market works well when left to itself in this regard. Some companies already choose to pay much higher than the minimum already and that is fine but government using the force of law to set wages is a counterproductive policy that actually hurts far too many of the people they propose to help. It is clear many law makers do not understand basic economics and rank among some of the most misinformed people in authority. For others this is clearly an arbitrary political decision under the guise of wanting to help people while playing to the emotions of those thinking they will receive free money. Let's let the free market determine wages in the private sector.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Coming to you from observation post foxtrot, at the border information clearinghouse of the Veritas Center, the Hq’s of American history and Our Godly Heritage, the place you go for truth. I’m Dr. Rick Saccone. Today’s question: Who is to blame for the border crisis? We are experiencing the continuation of a crisis at our southern border. Record crossings overwhelm our law enforcement. I estimate that 95% of the problem is the fault of a do nothing Congress. 65% of the blame goes to the Democrats who are blocking any reforms to the laws that would help solve the problems. 35% of the problem is the RINO republicans who DID nothing and continue to give lip service to the issue but actually do very little to help the President. In the meantime, illegals stream across our border in large groups which include criminals, vicious MS-13 gang members, drug traders, smugglers, human traffickers and simple people bringing unwanted diseases into our country. Others abuse our weak asylum laws, hiding behind children where in as many as 1/3 of the cases are not really their own. Remember this is not a victimless crime. Illegal aliens from over 60 countries wittingly or unwittingly contribute to the organized crime cartels controlling passage and the coyotes they each pay thousands of dollars to guide them across the border many suffering unspeakable dangers and are raped or killed along the way. Special interests in the US encourage the influx of cheap labor while our culture, descending into depravity, creates the demand for drugs. Our young people eschew honest physical labor creating a vacuum for illegals. The Fake news media contributes to the problem by dishonestly reporting the situation and giving voice to LEFTIST misrepresentations denying the focused threat we are experiencing. Meanwhile the average American suffers. Innocent people are robbed, killed and raped by illegals who should not even be here. These are crimes that should be completely avoided. Democrat officials provide them sanctuary and demonize the police trying to protect us. President Trump is struggling against all these forces and incredibly is making progress but needs our help. Contact your Congressman and force them to action. This is no time for idleness. We must put our nation ahead of party. We have a country to save.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
I am posting this article so you can see the hate that we face from these angry atheists. This site in particular spews its hatred for God and anyone who professes God. In this case they are still attacking me, though I am no longer in office. What sounds so normal to the average person is labeled as abhorrent to them. Imagine this, they quoted me, In 2015, Saccone told a church audience that our nation needed to “return to God through prayer” because that was the best way to prevent the country from descending into a “culture of chaos and destructive behavior.” Wow, yes, so returning to prayer is a bad thing? To them it is unconscionable hatred. They rarely do their homework often getting the facts wrong, for example, saying my contact with then President of the PA Atheists didn’t exist. Funny, I had a debate on his radio show with famous Atheist Dan Barker and by the way, the host said I gave him a black eye. They also criticize our NATIONAL MOTTO, In God We Trust, never knowing that its origin is a wonderful history story of uniting America during the civil war. But the facts mean nothing to these people. Their hatred for God trumps everything. Surely the author thought he got me with this quote about the USA Women’s Soccer team disrespecting our flag and anthem. “Men have died honoring [the flag] why can’t a few whiny soccer players at least show the minimum of respect for it?” Wow, you want to know how many thousand people agreed with me on that post? But to God hating and America hating atheists my question is unacceptable. Here is another gem of his ignorance, “In 2013, He sponsored “National Fast Day,” saying we owe our “dependence upon the overruling power of God” and that the only nations that are blessed are the ones “whose God is the Lord.” First of all, that resolution honored the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s day of fasting so they weren’t my words they were his, (just history). Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord is Lincoln quoting Psalm 33:12. No separation of church and state there. So there you have it. People blinded by hatred of God clouds their logic. In their twisted mind, the only way to justify their depraved thinking is by destroying God. They can’t very well do that when there are those of us making them face the truth. When you think about it, they can’t hate what they don’t believe exists. They actually fear God. That is good in a sense. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10). But they fear God for the wrong reasons. They fear HIM and those who advocate for HIM because the truth of His word convicts them. So, they are in a never ending struggle to deny or defeat God. I say never ending but it CAN end when they accept the Lord. Many do, and the misery of their lives is turned to joy. We can help them and should. They live with an impossible internal anger that strangles, not only logic but happiness. We cannot change their past or what drove them to shake their fists at a God they neither understand nor know, but we can alter their future with truth. That is what we will continue to do. This is the challenge confronting us. But we should not condemn them we should keep feeding the truth in the love of Christ. I have seen many atheists come out of the darkness that way. I just wanted you to know what we face. As I attended several church carnivals in our area this week and saw all the great people, I could not help wonder if they knew there is a force like this out there fighting against us and the Lord. So you now have a peek. Add them to your prayers. Pray that they will one day say, “I was once lost and now I am found.”
Friday, July 12, 2019
Can President Trump Negotiate End to Korean War? 66 years ago this week, the Korean War was winding down. The fighting caused over 50,000 American deaths and nearly 1 million South Koreans killed or wounded. Several hundred thousand North Koreans died and nearly a half million Chinese casualties resulted. After the famous battle of Pork Chop Hill, on 11 July the US Army abandoned the odd shaped mountaintop that remained a sticking point in armistice negotiations that were dragging on. Soon afterward the Chinese launched a six division attack against US and ROK forces south of Kumsong forcing troops to fall back and later regain territory before the Armistice was eventually signed on the 27th of July. That Ceasefire still exists today, not a peace treaty just a cessation of hostilities that our forces are still there defending. I spent 13 years in South Korea and one year in North Korea. South Korea has developed into a first world Republic and one of our largest trading partners. The North developed into a totalitarian society. The residual problems from that conflict are felt today as President Trump tries to negotiate a conclusion to the conflict. It can be done. I dealt successfully with the North Koreans and wrote two books about it. (Living With the Enemy: Inside North Korea) Let’s all hope we can finally end the conflict on the peninsula and eventually allow all people to live in freedom.