Archive for the ‘Wages’ Category

Abolish the Minimum Wage??!! A Debate

April 4th, 2013

Had a rousing and often substantive debate last night sponsored by the group Intelligence Squared.  My partner was the great and eloquent Karen Kornbluh (listen to the podcast–I really thought Karen did a great job merging morality, compassion, and the facts of the case); the opposing team was Russ Roberts and Jim Dorn.  The proposition… Read more

Going Meta on the Minimum Wage

February 25th, 2013

MSNBC host Martin Bashir has been doing yeoman’s work highlighting the President’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9.  I’m a veteran of these debates and lemme tell ya, it takes a lot of agitation to get them over the legislative goal line. Here’s a piece on the topic from Martin’s blog to which I contributed, featuring… Read more

Talking Top Salaries in Finance and the Gas Price Spike with Kudlow and Co.

February 21st, 2013

Had great fun co-hosting the Larry Kudlow show last night—yes, it was fun and interesting (though way, way too much of the Republican talking point: it’s Obama’s sequester!  That part was pure nonsense).  Anyway, check out this segment on the pay of finance CEO’s.  There you learn that as penance for his lack of oversight… Read more

Charles (goes out of his) Lane On the Minimum Wage

February 19th, 2013

Charles Lane of the WaPo oped page often makes pretty muscular arguments in favor of conservative causes.  But alas, not today. Today he’s got a bit of a mash-up on why he’s against the minimum wage increase, a dog’s breakfast of arguments that failed to make his case. Lane argues that even if the weight… Read more