Hypocrisy, Perry is Thy Name

@TBPInvictus here:

I recently put up some commentary about Mark Perry’s table purporting to show that euro nations without a minimum wage are faring much better – in terms of youth and overall unemployment rates – than those with minimum wages. (Perry subsequently did a fairly extensive update and rewrite to his original post, but let’s save that approach that’s another discussion.)

In response to his original post, this exchange popped up in comments:


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So, you can’t look at Germany because, whoa, wait just a second, they just raised their minimum wage a year ago and, well, you know, these things take time to percolate through an economy. So of course one can’t include Germany. Really!!! Like what are you thinking – it “just went into effect.”

Except, of course, not so much for Seattle. Here’s the very same Mark J. Perry posting ahead of Seattle’s April 1, 2015 increase:



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I’ll posit another reason that Perry chose not to include Germany in his original post, and it goes something like this, published December 1:

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I’ll leave it to the reader to determine Professor Perry’s interest in actually finding and knowing the truth.


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  1. VennData commented on Dec 20

    The entire GOP edifice of tax cuts end deficits, job creators make demand, Climate Change is a ghost, the right to bear arms trumps all are pure hokem.

    The GOP voter needs to be force fed the facts. Make it your New Year’s resolution to stop nodding lamely at their stupidity and challenge every Republican loudmouth you come across.

    • ilsm commented on Dec 20

      GOP rubes are assured they will be “less harmed than those people” by what they vote for……

    • willid3 commented on Dec 20

      not sure they are ‘force fed’ it. they really want to believe they are on the same side. even of they arent

  2. grimreaper commented on Dec 20

    Utterly correct. I have tried with siblings and work cohorts. THEY WON’T LISTEN.

    But I won’t stop trying.

  3. rd commented on Dec 20

    Besides, you don’t need the German data to know what is going on in Europe. Germany is largely irrelevant for most discussions about the European economy. Much better to focus on Greece, Monaco, etc. that really drive that region.

    • willid3 commented on Dec 20

      and its not like Germany is the biggest economy in the EU today is it?

  4. catman commented on Dec 20

    The narrative, we have to save the narrative… As they crawled across the desert toward the mirage.

    • DeDude commented on Dec 20

      I can see that —- Prafizzler Perry crawling across the AEI scientific desert whispering through his dry cracked lips “must save the narrative”.

  5. mpappa commented on Dec 20

    We have to forget what the 1% are doing. Less than 1% of all athletes go pro. Let’s focus on pickup up those people on the bottom to grow past the minimum wage. I made minimum wage in high school. Unfortunately many minimum wagers never graduated and are now 45 with no future. But I learned a lot about people, good and bad management, running a department, thinking outside the box, the initial bar coded inventory systems, etc. I have our store manager the idea to open stores in Fairfield County. She was promoted.

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