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Leftist Idiocy Update: Minimum Wage Hike Causes Seattle Restaurants To Lose 1,000 Jobs

Seattle Restaurants Suffer Worse Job Loss Since The Great Recession – Daily Caller

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According to a report released Sunday by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the $15 minimum wage has caused Seattle restaurants to lose 1,000 jobs – the worst decline since the 2009 Great Recession.

“The loss of 1,000 restaurant jobs in May following the minimum wage increase in April was the largest one month job decline since a 1,300 drop in January 2009, again during the Great Recession,” AEI Scholar Mark J. Perry noted in the report.

The citywide minimum wage increase was passed in June of last year. The measure is designed to increase the city minimum wage gradually to $15 an hour by 2017. The first increase under the plan was to $11 an hour in April. According to the report, Seattle restaurants have already faced severe consequences as a result. In contrast, in the six years since the 2009 financial crisis, the industry has been recovering in areas without the $15 minimum wage.

“Restaurant employment nationally increased by 130,700 jobs (and by 1.2%) during that same period,” the report also noted. “Restaurant employment in Washington increased 3.2% and by 2,800 jobs.”

Supporters of the $15 minimum wage often argue it will help the poor and stimulate economic activity. Opponents, however, argue such policies will actually hurt the poor by limiting job opportunities. How little or how much of either outcome usually depends on the study. Nevertheless, even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) agrees at least some job loss is expected.

Studies also show that industries with low profit margins, like restaurants, are more likely to be hit the hardest. A June report from the investor rating service Moody’s claims the minimum wage doesn’t even have to go up to $15 an hour for negative effects to occur.

From rallies to media marketing campaigns, Fight for $15 has led much of the effort to raise the minimum wage in the past year. Though claiming to be a grassroots workers movement, the group is highly influenced and funded by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The SEIU has been criticized by some, like Worker Center Watch (WCW), for using the Fight for $15 protests as a way of bypassing labor laws to more easily unionize fast food workers. Additionally, according to a report from the Center for Union Facts, a minimum wage increase would benefit the SEIU directly while hurting non-unionized SEIU competitors.

Fight for $15 and the Seattle City Council did not respond to requests for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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Cub Scouts “Accidentally” Hike To Nude Beach

Bare Bottomed Bathers: Cub Scout Nature Hike Includes Nude Beach Visit – Fox News

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Cub Scout Troop 766 got quite an eyeful last month at a California state park when the boys stumbled upon a nude beach during a nature hike.

“I was nauseated because I’ve never seen just a bunch of nude people walking around holding hands, strange people that I don’t know,” chaperone Diane Lekven told CBS 8 in San Diego.

The local television station reported there were dozens and dozens of buck-naked beach-goers on the “clothing optional” stretch of sand.

Some parents still took issue with the fact their boys were taken to a beach filled with bare bottomed bathers.

Mrs. Lekven said the pack master knew exactly where he was taking the boys.

“When I got up there I said, ‘Hey what are you doing? We’re in the middle of a nudist beach,’ He said, ‘this is a naturalist beach, and my family and I go through here all the time. It’s not that big of a deal.’”

Mrs. Lekven told the television station she got “really angry.” Later, she and her husband filed a complaint with the Boy Scouts.

The Boy Scouts released a statement admitting the Cub Scout pack had “encountered some individuals who were inappropriately dressed.”

And by inappropriately, they mean they weren’t dressed in anything except their birthday suits.

The Boy Scouts said the hike was “quickly rerouted to protect the youth.”

The San Diego Imperial Council and pack leadership determined the pack master did nothing wrong.

“Together we concluded that proper protocol had been observed and appropriate steps were taken in this matter,” the statement read.

But some parents still took issue with the fact their boys were taken to a beach filled with bare bottomed bathers.

“I don’t think it’s OK for somebody to not disclose that they’re going to put other people’s children in an environment like this,” she told the television station. “I think it’s wrong.”

“Accidents” like that could be one of the reasons why parents are pulling their sons out of the Boy Scouts. Last year there was a 7.4 percent decline in membership. In 2013 there was a six percent drop.

Meanwhile, a faith-friendly alternative to the Boy Scouts has grown by leaps and bounds since its creation in 2013.

Trail Life USA boasts more than 20,000 members with 538 troops in 48 states – and to the best of anyone’s knowledge they have not taken boys on a hike through a nudie beach.

As far as the scouts are concerned – case closed. And it appears the boys of Troop 766 managed to survive the au naturel nature hike.

I wonder what kind of merit badge they’ll get for that?

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