The top ten liberal superstitions

Kate Bachelder,  an assistant editorial features editor at the Wall Street Journal nails the top ten liberal superstitions with her opinion piece. As she says:

A hallmark of progressive politics is the ability to hold fervent beliefs, in defiance of evidence, that explain how the world works—and why liberal solutions must be adopted. Such political superstitions take on a new prominence during campaign seasons as Democratic candidates trot out applause lines to rally their progressive base and as the electorate considers their voting records.

Here are the ten, in capsulated form; to get the details click on the piece here.

  1. Spending more money improves education.
  2. Government spending stimulates the economy.
  3. Republican candidates always have a big spending advantage over Democrats.
  4.  Raising the minimum wage helps the poor.
  5. Global warming is causing increasingly violent weather.
  6. Genetically modified food is dangerous.
  7. Voter ID laws suppress minority turnout.
  8. ObamaCare is gaining popularity.
  9. The Keystone XL pipeline would increase oil spills.
  10. Women are paid 77 cents on the dollar compared with men.

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  • Raising the minimum wage doesn't help the poor? Pope Francis would certainly disagree.

    I like your source: The Wall Street Journal. A real objective point of view.

  • It was from an opinion piece, not claiming to be objective. Pope Francis is not an economist who speaks ex cathedra. And as the pope, he makes no claims to infallibility on the minimum wage as a matter of faith and morals. I'm not sure Bachelder is right, but for readers who have not followed the link to her piece (would that be you Wired?) here is what she said on the topic:

    "4. Raising the minimum wage helps the poor. The president wants to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25, with the tagline “Let’s give America a raise.” The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the hike would cost 500,000 jobs, one blow to the low-wage earners it claims to help. Employment aside, only 18% of the earnings benefits of a $10.10 hike would flow to people living below the poverty line, according to analysis from University of California-Irvine economist David Neumark. Nearly 30% of the benefits would go to families three times above the poverty line or higher, in part because half of America’s poor families have no wage earners. Minimum-wage increases help some poor families—at the expense of other poor families.

    "You won’t hear that from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who in September lived on $79 for a week to show his public-relations solidarity with minimum-wage earners. Keep in mind: Only 4.7% of minimum-wage earners are adults working full-timetrying to support a family, and nearly all would be eligible for the earned-income tax credit and other welfare programs."

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Economics is hardly an exact science. Who was it who said that you could line up all economists in the world and never come to a conclusion?

    Yes, the Pope is not an economist. He doesn't pretend to be. He is a spiritual leader who is a powerful advocate for the poor. He is also a very wise and well-informed man who probably knows more about economics than you give him credit for.

    BTW, the Pope doesn't simply address a minimum wage, but argues for a "living" wage. He also has addressed the vast gap between the haves and have-nots in our world.

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