Musings on Minimum Wage

As a student trying to pay my way through school, I know I have been blessed to land a summer job at all, much less somewhere I am passionate about. Last year (2010), youth employment was lowest since 1949, having dropped 17.5% from the year before (2009). Interesting to note is that the minimum wage was last raised in…

The Good Life, No. 1: Gratitude

This post is part of a new series which explores the freedom-loving mindset and the pursuit of a classically liberal lifestyle in Michigan. Comments are welcome.  I’ve been learning a lot about gratitude recently, and in a particular way from two  of conservatives’ favorite books, Hannah Coulter and Love and Responsibility. Both of these books discuss giving…

The Ed Show and SPN: Undermining the Middle Class

One of my biweekly duties here at the Mackinac Center is providing the State Policy Network (SPN) with a comprehensive list of labor-union-related articles from think tanks and other liberty-minded organizations across the country. According to Ed Schultz’s imaginative conclusions, that would make me a vital link in SPN’s alleged attempt to destroy the middle class.  The…