The Ten Thousand Dollar 100 and Reagan

Our local business elite, our private sector bosses, many of our job creators suddenly have become big government liberals.  They are all for minimum wages, in fact they argue that it’s “unfair” that this minimum wage measure doesn’t cover the entire county.

They are freeing themselves from the standard and accepted rhetoric of the Right that talks about government over-reach. Suddenly the defenders of free market capitalism not only demand a minimum-wage but one that is higher than the just raised $9 minimum and one that is county wide.  They just want to make sure this minimum wage is done right.


Here is a cut and re-cut version of Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech recently posted with cinematic music background on a recent Hum GOP post.  After all the classic Drudge and Rush anti-Obama slanted stats, at the 5 min and 30 sec mark you get the reason to “join us” as conservatives – “we have the winning argument” and here is that argument – in Reagan’s words.

“I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines… outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy. … For three decades, we’ve sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan…And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose.Somewhere a perversion has taken place. Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.”

And that has sadly been the winning conservative argument since then.  Unfortunately it too is hogwash.  Local and national conservatives DO believe in government as is clear in this minimum wage back-and-forth and, btw,  the campaign finance reform proposal the BOS will likely pass this week.

In reality job creators and conservatives really don’t mind plans or even planners – just as long as they themselves are either are the planners or they control the plans.

In other words government working for the private sector is what Reagan conservatism is really about.  It’s why policies and protections for workers, labor their families have been systematically gutted since Reagan and his followers finally reached the pinnacle of power in 1980.  It’s why our society suffers the dangerous and increasing levels of wealth inequity.

If the spokes-people for the shy 100 contributing $10,000 on John Fullerton’s campaign finance report would like to see a higher minimum wage for all the county enacted just a little more prudently, I’m guessing that isn’t necessarily the first thought of the $10,000 100.  Which may be one of the actual reasons they are being so shy.

The $10,000 100 don’t strike me as the sensitive types – but who am I to say?  I don’t know who they are.


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