A Call on “Progressives” to Actually Talk About Progress

 

Clay Olsen |  April 16, 2014

There was a time in this country when leaders spoke of the limitless potential and aspirations of our citizens. Those grasping for a better life were given encouragement and hope. Today, we are living in a different environment. Instead of discussing opportunities to climb the ladder, there is constant attack on those on a higher rung. Instead of vibrant speeches about an American citizen’s potential that knows no bounds, there are events held across the country about raising the minimum wage. Do you see the difference? For a change, I would like to see the former of these scenarios. I would like to hear our leaders rally us into striving for a maximum wage. Let’s talk about recovery. Let’s talk about job growth. Let’s talk about people getting back to work with great opportunities. All the rhetoric today seems to be about how we are going to survive in the circumstances we are in. Well the American way is not about surviving; it is about advancing.

I am not going to spend much time discussing the economics of raising the minimum wage. You are perfectly capable of researching and understanding the matter. My goal is to point out the priorities of left-wing politicians that are clearly defined through their words and actions. We have a minimum wage. We can discuss what that rate should be, but I do not think we need a presidential bus tour across the country to do that.

Last month, President Obama spoke on the need for a minimum wage increase at Central Connecticut University. As usual he pointed out current income inequality and the need to decrease this gap. He stated that it is “a central task for all of us to build an economy that works for everybody, not just for some.” I suppose when the president refers to ‘building an economy’, he means bureaucrats in Washington D.C. manipulating the operating expenses of businesses across the nation. Actually building an economy would mean creating sustainable jobs, something this president all to often brushes off to the side while pursuing class warfare rhetoric.

Of course, President Obama received the applause he spoke for. The crowd’s reaction is not very surprising. What kind of evil person would be against raising the minimum wage? Like always, the liberal ideology is nothing more than a fairyland of impossibility whose artificial pathway is sugarcoated with unreasonable promises. Republicans are seen as the hateful enemies of progress when they point out how impractical the claims are. It becomes a difficult task to run against empty promises that will not work in reality.

So let us start putting the focus on allowing businesses to succeed by not burdening them with countless regulations. I want businesses, not bureaucrats, to fuel our country’s growth. When businesses succeed, opportunities increase, workers are in high demand, and wages increase. I do not want to place our economy’s future in the hands of the government that created healthcare.gov. I want to place our economy’s future in the hands of hard working Americans.