“Back In Chains”
Vice President Joe Biden has received quite some coverage for his “back in chains” comment the other day while stumping in Virginia. Meanwhile we’ve also seen the MSNBC employee Touré go on record attacking Governor Romney for conducting a “niggerization” of the presidential campaign.
While Biden and Touré provide us with entertaining comedy, these two examples can also be used to highlight a more important issue: Left’s various policies are not beneficial for disadvantaged populations in the United States. While government policies such as the minimum wage might receive support because its supporters believe that it will help the poor, it actually achieves the opposite effect.
Instead, those policies that promote freedom and less government involvement also happen to be those that would provide the greatest benefit for disadvantaged groups such as African Americans. These policies are not effective because they focus on “groups” and their rights. Instead, these policies are successful because they choose to increase individual freedom and choice.
For example, doing away with the minimum wage might prove to be a better way of improving conditions for disadvantaged individuals than any entitlement program that the government could come up with.
Here’s the late Milton Friedman on the minimum wage:
Conservatives and libertarians are not hostile to blacks or other minorities. They simply believe that policies rooted in individual and economic freedom will do more to help minorities than programs implemented by know-it-all politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C.
Thomas can be found on Twitter as @ThomasRatPol