“Thanks For Sharing Your First Draft”: I’m Still Laughing Over Walmart’s Snarky Response to the NY Times

Last week I wrote about the minimum wage--looking at a comparison drawn by Bloomberg between Walmart and Costco, suggesting that Walmart ought to adopt Costco's business model and pay its employees a living wage.  In "The Bishops' Love Affair With Raising the Minimum Wage", I was critical of what I considered well-intentioned but ill-founded solutions proposed for elevating people from poverty by enforcing a higher minimum wage.The quick-fix solution proposed by Obama would, I said, lead to … [Read more...]

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The Bishops’ Love Affair With Raising the Minimum Wage

My fellow Patheos blogger Will Duquette has a great essay on his blog about the USCCB's efforts on behalf of raising the minimum wage.  In A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats--Or Does It?, Will argues against using the Big Hammer to fix social problems--attempting to fix "the system" rather than helping individuals.I couldn't agree more.  In fact, I wrote about the same thing--and reached the same conclusions--last January when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to the chairs and … [Read more...]

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The Bishops and American Business: Rethinking the Minimum Wage

DECENT WORK and JUST WAGES.  Those are the noble goals laid out in a January 8 letter to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Ways and Means, and signed by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, chair of the U.S. bishops'  Committee on International Justice and Peace.  The letter asserts that the current federal mi … [Read more...]

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