Mike Luckovich for April 27, 2017

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    Richard Howland-Bolton Premium Member over 6 years ago

    I like the ides of ‘rent to own’ tomatoes, but what do you if you decide to return them? Ewwww!!

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    NRHAWK Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Yea, nobody ever said Trump was a genius. Except of course Trump. Amazing how his Alma Mater can’t find any record of his being on any Dean’s list much less being first in his class. This, of course means I am disqualified for the Office of the President since I have been on five Dean’s Lists, belong to four honor societies and hold four degrees. I can only imagine what the Republicans would do to me for being from Geronimo’s blood line after seeing what they did to President Obama for eight years for being black and having a Muslim father.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Yes, we all know that there are THOUSANDS of “Millennials” that would jump at the chance to do stoop labor for 8-10 hours a day picking vegetables for $2.50 an hour…

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    Radish the wordsmith Premium Member over 6 years ago

    How are the republicans going to create jobs in the face of automation?

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    goblue86  over 6 years ago

    Yeah…just read the stories about what goes on in Foxconn. A midnight order comes in and they wake everybody out of bed and put them on the line. Just try and do something like that in the States. Those jobs aren’t ever coming back.

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    BigShell  over 6 years ago

    First, I guess it is OK with libs to exploit illegal immigrants so we can have cheap food.

    Second, if libs believe paying more for labor causes prices to rise to unexpectable levels, why don’t they believe that higher minimum wages will cause the same thing in other areas?

    Third, anytime costs go up, prices go up and when costs go down, prices go down. Taxes are a cost, a big cost. Lower taxes means lower prices while higher taxes mean higher prices. Taxes that a business pays to the government come from the prices you and I pay for the product or service. We are the ones that pay the taxes.

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    russellc64  over 6 years ago

    There is another place for the money to come from. I know farmers and ranchers that live in homes that rival antebellum southern plantations and have 1-2 vacation homes just for warm weather or ski season.

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    Teto85 Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Yup. And thanks to the great rains we have had in Cali the lettuce crops were all washed away. $5.00 for a head of iceberg.

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    Dtroutma  over 6 years ago

    the need for low-wage people hasn’t gone away, like crops that need hand weeding to avoid chemicals that KILL THE CROPS, and other activities, will not be eliminated by machines. Also true for those fruit crops in the ’toon.

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    Alfkowitz  over 6 years ago

    Soooo, the idea of paying fruit harvesters a livable wage gives all of you hives, hmmm? I guess your minimum-wage increase demands don’t apply to the people who feed you.

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    DD Wiz Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Love Mike Luckovich and rarely disagree, but this one misses. This is a variation of the argument used against increasing minimum wages — that paying livable wages will make consumer goods unaffordable. NOT TRUE. Consumer PRICE is not based directly on the cost of goods. That is a myth promoted by those who want to scare consumers into supporting lower wages to workers. Econ 101: PRICE is set at the intersection of SUPPLY and DEMAND. At best, cost of goods is one indirect component of SUPPLY. They can’t just “pass the costs along” — they can’t sell for more than is allowed by DEMAND — "what the market will bear.” PRICE is NOT based on cost. If retailers misjudge demand and buy the wrong inventory and there is no demand, or manufacturers produce stuff customers don’t want and they can’t sell, they will sell at a loss rather than get nothing at all. This happens all the time. Think about how real estate goes “under water” or what a “short sale” means. New Balance athletic shoes are better quality, MADE IN AMERICA with American wages at higher costs, but sell for a LOWER PRICE than Nike, which is a poorer quality and cheaper (slave labor) production costs, but has more consumer demand because they have better marketing PR. From 1955 to 1975, McDonalds repeatedly complied with numerous significant increases in the minimum wage (which brought it to almost $20/hr in inflation-adjusted equivalent today), yet the price of a basic McDonald’s hamburger, in that entire 20-year period, stayed completely constant at a flat 19¢ — no price increase at all. Minimum wages are much higher in San Francisco and Seattle than in New York City, but the costs of a Big Mac are essentially the same. Why are conservatives so concerned about raising wages for the poorest workers never concerned about the effect on consumer price of outrageously high CEO compensation?

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    USN1977  over 6 years ago

    Nothing new. There was also a concern that food prices and other agricultural goods would skyrocket if President Lincoln had his way.

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