I saw about a dozen knuckleheads outdoors this last weekend wearing masks… with a decent breeze blowing, under inescapably awesome sunshine. It’s sad, really, the number of people who are so intent on virtue signaling that they run around with those stupid things on their face counter to all science, but there you have it.
On the other side of that coin, I also love the new lace and invisible masks almost as much as I dig the old “mask under the nose rendering it utterly useless” trick. The lace mask, I get; it’s a literal “F— U” and there’s nothing I like more than flipping the bird at the so-called “rule makers”.
Now, I have no clue who the blonde is but she’s clearly a tool (the photo was released by the Governor’s office, she’s, humorously enough, on the right in the photo). I have no love for our governor, but now that she’s chosen to relinquish her Darth Mutter role to “save lives” at the expense of her real job, protecting freedom first, she’s managed to enact at least one policy I can get behind (I’m not holding my breath for a second). Also, if you look at her “tweets” about mask wearing, she was fairly cool about it. The gist was, “Look, wear a Trump mask for all I care, just please wear a mask”.
Getting back to the point of the post, I had to laugh when the powers that be came out a while back and suggested we should be wearing two masks instead of one and some people actually bought that. My natural reaction was, well if two are better than one, why stop at two? Six are obviously better than two. This follows along the minimum wage argument; if $15 an hour will cure all that ails us, why not go $20? How about $25? or $35? Why do you have to aim so low? If raising the minimum wage will help, why not go big?
Here’s the dirty little secret: because it won’t help. Raising the minimum wage hurts. Raising the minimum wage kills jobs and unless you’re an economics dunce, you know this. Politicians who use the minimum wage to divide us into the haves and have nots know this but won’t admit it. What politicians are trying to come up with is a figure that will get workers more money but not kill so many jobs the disastrous results (including the obvious inflation tied to artificially raising wages) are evident or obvious… or at least obvious enough the sucky results can’t be blamed on Republicans.
So ask yourself, “If two masks are better than one, why not wear six?” And that concludes this lesson in Government 101.
Once you call it a living wage, as is the trend over here, you look at it a little differently. I guess the original idea was very much from the service and hospitality industries; in other words, these are jobs you are not expected to do for a long time, typically you are young, and you may also be getting tips. In theory, you move on and get a decent job. That’s the theory anyway. But the level always lags behind the rest of the economy (which is always index-linked) and so it generally does need intervention. As you point out, getting the bite point right is the tricky bit.
That same trend is seen here. I don’t see it any differently, though. As you say, a minimum wage job isn’t meant to make a living off of. I do get the other side of it, though.