Yesterday Chicago aldermen rubber-stamped Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour over several years. (Hey, whatever happened to President Obama’s $10.10 proposal?) Defenders of the legally dubious measure say the raise is needed because the cost of living in the city just keeps rising. Don’t they know that such initiatives, which ignore real-life realities, are a big part of the reason why costs keep going up in Chicago?

Some advocates weren’t satisfied, saying $20 an hour would be more fair. I wonder if those people have ever tried to run an actual business. I doubt it. It’s always more fun to spend other people’s money than it is your own.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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