Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Along the lines of the point in yesterday's
post on the ubiquity of cell phones -- once unavailable even to
the high-powered executives who could have used them most -- is the following
paragraph from Thomas Sowell's
Most Americans living below the government-set poverty line have a washer and/or a dryer, as well as a computer. More than 80 percent have air conditioning. More than 80 percent also have both a landline and a cell phone. Nearly all have television and a refrigerator. Most Americans living below the official poverty line also own a motor vehicle and have more living space than the average European -- not Europeans in poverty, the average European.Thus Sowell reveals the modern minimum wage crusader to be whining -- on top of demanding laws that damage the economy in well-understood ways.
Too bad Sowell didn't also get around to asking by what right the government can dictate the terms of an agreement between consenting adults: These people are tyrants, as well. Sowell's point about these busybodies not truly being compassionate is well-taken, but it is just the tip of the iceberg,