Throughout 1993 and 1994, when Democrats controlled Congress, President Clinton was mum about raising the minimum wage. In fact, he derided it as "the wrong way to raise the incomes of low-wage earners." What a difference an election year makes. Clinton has now made raising the minimum wage a test of political virtue.
It is a Democrat's destiny to traffic in compassion, but this transaction is particularly cynical. Why? Because raising the minimum wage will redistribute income not from rich to poor but among the very poorest workers.
Teachers, doctors, policemen, columnists are not affected by the minimum wage. Raise it,...
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