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Democratic/Progressive economic short-sightedness

U.S. Coins and Paper MoneyOver the past year, the Democratic Party has again insisted that minimum wage must be raised to keep up with current inflation and the cost of living. Citing that minimum wages have not been increased since 2009, many of the supporters calling for the increase in minimum wage claim that such a hike in the minimum wage would allow workers to help themselves out of poverty and reduce the dependence on federal and state welfare support programs. Unfortunately, raising the minimum wage will not end poverty, reduce dependence on welfare programs or even allow for economic mobility of the nation’s working poor. In fact, raising the minimum wage will actually have the opposite effect.

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Reflections on Columbus Day

Columbus Taking PossessionSince April 1934, Columbus Day was established by Congress and President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a federal holiday set aside to pay tribute to Christopher Columbus, the man credited with the discovering of America. The legal observance was heavily petitioned by the Knights of Columbus and Generoso Pope, the Italian community leader in New York City. In 1970, the legal observance was changed to the second Monday in October. It is not the establishment of a federal holiday that has the American Left up in arms – it is that this particular holiday celebrates everything that irks the American Left about America.

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Soft selling socialism and communism

Karl MarxWhen Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels first published the Communist Manifesto in 1848, it immediately was met with resistance within the nations of Europe.  What they proposed, an uprising of the working class and the installation of a government based on a new and revolutionary theory.  This revolutionary theory – communism – was promoted by Marx and Engels as the ultimate development in governmental theory.  Within the communist framework, the simple philosophy of each according to his ability, each according to his need became the foundation of this new structuring of society. 

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