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Friday, November 24, 2006
NewsMax Columnist Plays on Emotions to Oppose Minimum Wage Hike
Topic: Newsmax

A Nov. 21 NewsMax column by Robert J. Cihak -- one of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons-linked "Medicine Men" with Michael Arnold Glueck -- embarks on a novel attack on a raise in the minimum wage: It keeps his developmentally disabled daughter from getting a job. However, Cihak offers no actual evidence of this.

While Cihak does cite Thomas Sowell in support of his claim, he is more prone to making baseless assertions such as, " Yes, minimum wage laws do protect — they protect people such as my daughter from working — and they protect unions and other workers from competition by the lesser skilled." In fact, studies have shown that previous minimum wage increases have not resulted in any significant loss of jobs.

Cihak concludes:

All Ruth [Cihak's daughter] can give me is her trust and love. What more can I ask of her?

But of you, dear reader, I ask you to remember the harm done her and others by minimum wage laws.

We thought conservatives weren't supposed to appeal to emotions the way they regularly accuse Democrats of doing.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:11 PM EST

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