For about the past decade, Democrats have proposed economic policies that’ve been based on fairness rather than policies that add value to the economy. As a result, jobs have been lost. As a result, communities have been ruined and institutions have gotten injured.

One such example of wrong-headed economic thinking is the Democrats’ push to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr. Wherever it’s tried, it’s failed. It doesn’t bring me joy knowing that it’s failed in progressive Seattle. It’s just that it wasn’t surprising.

This city’s minimum wage is rising to $16.39 an hour on Jan. 1. Instead of receiving a bigger paycheck, I’m left without any pay at all due to the policy change. That’s because the restaurant where I’ve worked for six years is closing as a consequence of the city’s harmful minimum-wage experiment.

I work for Tom Douglas, one of the best-known restaurateurs in Seattle. Mr. Douglas is in many ways responsible for the city’s reputation as a foodie paradise, and he recently celebrated his 30th anniversary in business. He’s a great boss, and his employees tend to stay at the company for a long time.

But being an established chef and a good employer doesn’t save you from the burden of a sharp minimum-wage increase, up 73% from $9.47 in 2015. For large-scale employers like Mr. Douglas, there’s no separate rate for workers who earn tips. In Washington and a handful of other states, tips aren’t counted as income earned on the job. That means restaurateurs are expected to pay servers like me the full minimum wage in addition to our considerable tip income.

Eventually, capitalism slaps everyone in the face. The difference between socialism and capitalism is simple. Socialism just requires government’s brute force, usually in the form of intrusive regulations. A perfect example of this was the ACA’s individual mandate.

With the ACA, the government told people what’s best for their families. They’d never met these families so they didn’t actually know what was best for them. A small group of progressives disconnected from reality told the nation what’s best for them.

This small group of autocrats anticipated that their product wouldn’t go well so they created the individual mandate to force people into buying a product they didn’t want. That’s a picture of socialism.

With capitalism comes competition, innovation and outstanding products that people want to buy. Capitalism gave us the iPhone and iPads. Socialism gave us the ACA and the individual mandate.

When socialists took over city councils, they started implementing policies like the $15.00/hr. minimum wage, which immediately hurt the hospitality industry. This is the end result:

I’ve lived in this city for almost 20 years, supporting my family thanks to the full-service-restaurant industry. Today I’m struggling because of a policy meant to help me. I’m proudly progressive in my politics, but my experience shows that progressives should reconsider minimum-wage laws that hurt the very workers they’re trying to protect.

This election is a clash between good intentions vs. great results. Wouldn’t people want bulging checking accounts and fat 401(k)s rather than empty checking accounts?

This election, Democrats have to fight against a well-funded incumbent and top-tier congressional candidates preaching the gospel of capitalism and a roaring economy. Democrats have to defend policies like the Push for $15, California’s homelessness and decisions like impeachment.

One Response to “Democrats’ economic disasters”

  • J. Ewing says:

    Ever notice that nobody ever answers the question, “why not $20/hour, or $50/hour, or $100/hour?” We could all be rich!

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