George Will gets it right today on the coming push to increase the federal minimum wage:
But the minimum wage should be the same everywhere: $0. Labor is a commodity; governments make messes when they decree commodities’ prices.
That’s spot on. The essay is not perfect, as Kip at A Stitch in Haste points out with a useful economics lesson, but the conclusion is the same. The correct minimum wage is $0. If the uninitiated come away with the wrong justification but the correct conclusion, we can work on the reasoning. Short-term isolated problem versus long-term widespread damage. Easy choice if those are my alternatives.
Of special note, I love this line that Kip wrote to explain Will’s loose semantics:
…sloppily knocking a foul ball down the right-wing line…
His entire post is worth reading, and shows why he should be widely read, but that phrase by itself is excellent. I wish I’d written it.