Vic Russo

Bellefonte, PA, United States

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Vic Russo
Posted about 2 months ago
Simon Anholt: Which country does the most good for the world?
It seems a bit ironic that you start by talking about thinking internationally in order to do good. And then mention highly regarded countries including Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. One country initiated a war a mere 75 years ago that killed 100 million people ultimately, and the other two choose to remain neutral when facing this evil. Don't seem like good examples. Another comment is that most people have very vague and limited knowledge about many other countries. If you asked the governments of the world to judge the countries that produced stability as opposed to instability you would get a very different list. I would hazard a guess that the new list would be headed by the U.S. and Great Britain.
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Vic Russo
Posted over 1 year ago
A stepped minimum wage
Numerous studies and basic economics show that if you raise the cost of something, less is used. The whole idea of raising the minimum wage is based on the idea that large numbers of bread-winners are paid minimum wage. Our own census data shows that is not the case. Young people and the unskilled are paid the minimum wage as are part-time workers. These people are not heads of households. As these folks develop skills they move up in salary. IRS studies have shown that people do not stay in the minimum wage category or any other category over 10-year periods. There is a constant movement to higher wages as people gain experience ending when retirement causes income to fall. The impetus for raising the minimum wage is to support Union claims for increased wages. "If unskilled labor gets a raise our members deserve one too".