Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Preaching to the choir

What was the president hoping to achieve with this line in the state of the union?

And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.

What's the target demographic for this line?

I don't need to go all Don Boudreaux on this line, which I see as grossly flawed economic logic, but I don't know what it's purpose was?  It clearly wasn't to convince anyone, as his opponents reject the idea that people try to support families on minimum wage or that raising it would help poor families. In fact, we see it as putting many of them out of work.

So then who was it for? Was it to mobilize his supporters with some kind of populist image of an evil white-haired Republican overload trying to scrape by on little money? Would he have lost points for not mentioning the minimum wage, as it only came up one other time in the whole speech and that second time was a mere passing reference.

1 comment:

  1. Off topic: Do you know that your blog only updates once every couple weeks? It puts up 5-10 entries at once, all backdated as if they were gradually uploaded at the time of writing. Maybe you know. Maybe you don't. Either way, I'd love seeing them show up a couple times a week versus once a month with a ton of entries.