The saddest aspect of the minimum wage story is the damage it does to human beings. Enter the arrogance and callousness of the elite. Their vision of what a person should earn, expressed by higher minimum wages, destroys people's best alternative without offering a superior one in its place. Maybe the elite believe that welfare, unemployment compensation and possibly engaging in illegal activities are a superior alternative to earning an honest and respectable living on a cashier's salary.

There are probably few contemplative souls who, at one time or another, have not wondered — given the long and mostly destructive history of government — whether humanity would not be better off with no government at all.

Relieving people from the responsibilities and challenges of life is doing them no favor. Nor is it a favor to society at large.

Late last week the markets were shocked by a surprisingly bad May jobs report — the worst monthly report in nearly six years.

Today's elite have little taste for my stepfather's admonition: Any kind of a job is better than begging and stealing.

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