I am always surprised about what the “ruling class” does not know. These days, it’s exciting to be aware of all that’s happening!
I am always surprised about what the “ruling class” does not know.
David Paul Kirkpatrick
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The changing times seem to catch them off guard. Coupled with the desire to keep the status quo — or even revert, they tend to ignore reality. It is especially true when it comes to the exploitation of labor.

Arizona voters raised the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour with scheduled increases to $12 in 2020. A year later, Amazon announced hiring 1,500 people where I live. We all know the company recently set their lowest wage at $15 an hour. Amazon’s presence has majorly disrupted the labor market. We are home to names like Geico, Citi and Intuit.

Corporations are complaining they can’t find workers for $11 an hour. Some places have been offering $20 an hour on jobs that paid $12 just a year ago. They refuse to acknowledge that Amazon has effectively set the minimum wage at $15 an hour because they don’t want to pay that. Some executives have outright denied it is Amazon’s influence, but claim the higher minimum wage is somehow causing a labor shortage.

Their solution? Repeal the law voters overwhelmingly passed as if this will create more workers.