Minimally unconstitutional

Northeast News
January 25, 2017

During last week’s marathon City Council session, 3rd District Councilman Jermaine Reed introduced an ordinance that if passed, would raise Kansas City’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. Despite warnings by Mayor Sly James citing the constitutionality of such an ordinance, Councilman Reed introduced the legislation anyway. The move was nothing more than a grandstanding effort to show his faithfulness to Clinton Adams and the Freedom Inc. crew, who were sitting ever vigilant in the gallery. Gotta keep those grifters happy, ya know. The motion only garnered seven of the nine votes needed to pass, fortunately, but this discussion will come again soon given the State Supreme Court’s ruling that says it must go to a public vote since it was part of the initiative petition process. Following the failed vote there was much murmuring in the Freedom Inc. section, which included talk of taking the minimum wage issue to court. And you thought boss politics died with Tom Pendergast.
This dog thinks it’s ironic that the fast food business that’s being vilified in most of the anti-business protests has its own advancement incentive for those talented team members who wish to go into business for themselves. Hamburger University trains employees with the inner drive and entrepreneurial spirit in all that’s necessary for successful restaurant management and ownership. Of course given this climate of protests and vilification, we’re not sure why you’d want to pursue such a career path. The sad fact of the matter is this: as long as there are groups like Freedom Inc. or Stand Up KC that get paid to celebrate mediocrity and victimhood, we’ll have ordinances filed by their elected lackeys that do nothing more than waste valuable time and cost businesses and the taxpayers money. This dog stands with the great communicator, President Ronald Reagan, who stated: “the best social program is a job.”

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