I’m going to take a risk on my blog. Admittedly, anything I write here is not much of a risk because it won’t reach many people. I’ve done nothing to try to build readership and don’t intend to start now. Minimal readership notwithstanding, I’m going to tackle some issues that will fly in the face of my willfully progressive political and economic perspectives. In so doing, I may offend people who share my perspectives and I may offend others who don’t.
First up: the minimum wage.
I will argue against my long-held position in favor of raising the minimum wage. It has been my position, heretofore, that raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do for humanitarian reasons. Moreover, I have believed that raising the minimum wage will boost the economy.
But I will argue against those positions. I will argue that forcing businesses to raise the amount they pay their least productive or least skilled workers will actually hurt the intended beneficiaries of an increase in the minimum wage. And I will provide rationale and data to support those arguments against my long-held positions. And, then, I will attempt to logically, rationally, and unemotionally decide whether my arguments and my data have won me over. That will be the hardest part.
Tomorrow, I will begin in earnest.