Thursday, July 20, 2006 

DeWine pulls ad

Good. I hope it costs them alot of money to remake it.
Sen. Mike DeWine has pulled an image of a burning World Trade Center from a campaign commercial attacking Rep. Sherrod Brown's record on national security because the image was a fake, a campaign spokesman said Wednesday night.

Instead, the 30-second ad, which began airing Friday, will show a picture of the World Trade Center before the attacks, DeWine spokesman Brian Seitchik said....

"Mike DeWine distorts images like he distorts Sherrod's record," said Brown's spokeswoman, Joanna Kuebler. "Instead of being honest, he is exploiting an American tragedy and now we come to find out he is using shameful, fake images."

Monday, July 17, 2006 

Minimum Wage and Business Growth

A lot has been said about the social justices and moral issues behind the campaign to raise the minimum wage. Let Justice Roll and others are promoting the minimum wage during thier Faith in Action week. This Sunday, Churches and people of faith will be talking about the importance of raising the wage, passing around petitions and holding rallys in support of raising the minimum wage to $6.85 all over Ohio. They’ll quote Martin Luther King and the prophet Amos stating that the minimum wage law is just the “right thing to do”.

They are probably right - the Minimum Wage raise does seem like the right thing to do morally but what will be the eventual consequenses on businesses and the already devasted Ohio economy? Well - A recent study found that:

States with higher minimum wages have generally performed as well or better economically than states with lower minimums since 1997. This is in keeping with most recent empirical research on the minimum wage. A higher minimum wage will help 719,000 Ohio workers better support themselves and their families, and is unlikely to lead to aggregate employment loss, payroll loss or establishment closure among small business. A high minimum wage is consistent with a thriving economy that works better for all Ohioans.

Which does seem to make sense. Why wouldn’t the economy grow? Workers who earn more spend more on the goods and services that grow the economy and make the community successful. This hold especially true when you consider that a 1999 study found that a minimum wage raise has spill over effects to higher paying jobs while having little effect on the basic cost of rent and other necessities.

Perhaps these studies were performed in 20 states that are already well performing and Ohio won’t have the growth effect that these studies claim. I doubt it. But, while noone can see the future - These studies do seem to point in a positive direction and makes the minimum wage opponents claims of “certain economic ruin” seem preposterous.

Sometimes the “right thing to do” benefits everyone in the community - including the business owner.

More facts and bullet points from the study at AsOhioGoes:

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From the site:
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And as you read - remember - Ohio has voted for the winner of every presidential election, with only one exception, since World War II. Hence - As Ohio Goes, So Goes the Nation.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006 

Al Gore Couture - Al Gore is so hot right now

Marc Jacobs new clothing line features Al Gore. The line includes t-shirts, tote bags, and trucker hats.

They are about $20 a t-shirt. You can see the line at Unfortunately, I do not think we have a MarcJacobs store in Cleveland and they are not for sale online :-(

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