Socialist Underpaid Workers?

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on October 20, 2014

The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at WSJ written by the editor, James Taranto.

News of the Tautological
“High-Deductible Insurance Plans Can Carry Large Out-of-Pocket Costs”—headline, Charlotte Observer, Oct. 17

Bottom Stories of the Day

  • “Greg Orman Invested in a Company That Made Lotto Tickets for the Chinese Government”—headline, Daily Caller, Oct. 17
  • “Vilsack to Headline Democratic Party Fundraiser”—headline, Associated Press, Oct. 17

Socialist Underpaid Workers
“Seattle-based group The Freedom Socialist Party, which owns socialism .com and regularly campaigns for a $15/hour minimum wage, advertised a job [at their organization] on Wednesday that offers just $13 an hour,” the Washington Free Beacon reports:

minimum-wageThe advertised job’s…description says that the wage is negotiable depending on experience, but the group has said that a living wage must start at at least $15 – not $13 or $14 an hour.  The group wrote in June, “Seattle livable? Not hardly! The Seattle fight has moved from the streets to City Hall. In May, new Mayor Ed Murray, Democrat, announced his proposal for $15/hour—for some workers, after several years. Healthcare, tips, and other ‘compensation’ would be calculated into their ‘income.’ In short, Mayor Murray’s plan caters to big business.”

The inconsistency seems to have been noted first by Ellen Carmichael on Twitter. In fairness, the party’s 2012 platform called for an even higher minimum wage, $20. So maybe there’s a convergence in (pardon the pun) progress.

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