The World Trade Organization (WTO), a UN agency, has four times ruled against the United States and our COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) mandate.

Even some conservatives and libertarians are coming up with proposals for more "efficient" versions of the welfare state — namely direct cash grants for life to virtually all adults, instead of the current hodgepodge of overlapping bureaucratic programs.

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.

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