Next Time Someone Tells You CEO Pay Should go to Employees

We repeatedly see complaints about how much CEOs are paid when the question of minimum wage hikes comes up, with the implication (or outright claim) that if the CEO and executives were paid less, the minimum wage hike wouldn’t be a problem.

After running across one of these, I decided to do a little research.

This year the CEO of Wal-Mart will make $25,600,000 in combined salary and other payments. (Source)

According to Wikipedia, Wal-Mart employs 2.2 million people.

If we took the CEO’s pay, in it’s entirety, and distributed it to the employees, they would make for a whopping $11.64 raise. A year.

Or a little under six tenths of a cent per hour for full time employees.

In fact, if you add up the salaries for the six executives named in the story I referenced for the CEO’s salary, and distributed all of it to the remaining employees, you would get about $32.63 a year more. That’s under 1.2 cents an hour for full time employees. If you were working 10 hours a week, you would see less than 5 cents an hour additional.

Keep that in mind the next time someone says we should reduce executive pay to raise the minimum wage.

Interesting experience at UW Madison

I just got back from a commencement ceremony at UW Madison, and two or three times a speaker mentioned that President Obama visited the campus twice in the last year. The reaction was closer to what I would expect if they mentioned Bush. A very limited number of people cheering, and not for very long. It was obvious that at least one of the speakers was taken aback by the reaction, or lack thereof.

Hopefully this is an indication that the younger generation is seeing Obama and the democrats for what they are. I guess we will see in the next few years.

This is Why They Say “Never Ask a Question You Don’t Know the Answer to”

MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer thought she could score some points against Republican Congressman Rep. Mo Brooks by snarkily asking “Do you have a degree in economics?” while she was interviewing him. His reply? “Yes ma’am I do, highest honors.”

Never ask a question you don’t know the answer to. Especially when it’s that obvious.

Brewer’s degree? Broadcast Journalism. Not knocking it, but if you are going to demand a degree in economics before someone can comment on a subject a: make sure he doesn’t have one before you bring the snark, and b: make sure you do.

H/T The Blaze

More From My Sheriff

Sheriff David Clarke has an opinion piece in the Washington Times, where he says that “White liberal social policies have become the new racism in America.

Clarke, a black Democrat, is commenting on things like the new race-based standards for discipline in schools. Standards that focus one doling out punishment proportionate to the racial makeup of the student body, rather than proportionate to the offenses.

I have commented on this already. Policies that expect people to behave at lower standards often have the result of lower people to those standards. When a group students are allowed to get away with more, the percentage that would cause trouble are allowed to cause more. If nothing is done to correct this, more will join them, either because they think it is alright, or as a “self defense” mechanism.

Clarke’s says that the normalizing of bad behavior and lower standards do nothing but hurt the black community. I could not agree more.

Edit: CotR picked up on this, too.

Voting Time Standardization

There is a bill in the Wisconsin Legislature to standardize the voting hours for early voting in Wisconsin. In recent elections, the heavily liberal areas of Milwaukee and Madison have had much longer early voting hours, including weekends, where most of the out-state areas, that tend to lean conservative, don’t have the budget to keep the extended hours that the urban areas can.

As can be expected from their playbook, the democrats are calling this racist, and an effort to suppress the urban vote.

What would the democrats be saying if things were reversed, and the out-state constituents had the longer voting hours? If you have elections, everyone should have an equal opportunity to vote.

It is natural and reasonable to impose a uniform set of hours to vote in. It is done every election day. If any limit on voting hours is an attempt to disenfranchise  voters, then we can’t close polls. Ever. If I forgot to vote Tuesday, why can’t I come in on Wednesday? Or Thursday…

For all the talk about voter disenfranchisement, the reverse is true as well. A person that is not given a fair chance to vote is disenfranchised, not the one who can’t vote at the non-standard time that they want to. And while this is not specifically about voter fraud, every fraudulent vote is a legitimate voter disenfranchised.

We need fair laws, that give everyone a fair and reasonable chance to vote, not a system that allows people in favored areas to vote any time they want.

Defending Hillary

It doesn’t happen often, but in this case I completely agree with Hillary Clinton. She is drawing fire after comparing Russia’s moves in Ukraine to “protect” people there to what Hitler did at the beginning of World War II.

The fact of the matter is, that is exactly what Hitler did, especially in the occupation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. Time will tell whether Putin continues to the point of annexing some or all of Ukraine, but the excuse is one we have seen before. I am not saying Putin is the same as Hitler, or as evil as Hitler, but he at least seems to be using one of the tactics Hitler used.

Unfortunately, Hitler and the Nazis are seen as being worse than is possible to ever see again, and so any comparison seems overblown. The fact is that as bad as the Nazis were, they were humans, and other humans can be just as warped and evil as they were. And they can use the same tactics, etc. By refusing to accept this, we refuse to learn from history. And by refusing to learn from history, we risk repeating it.

A Tale of Two Bills

This week, Wisconsin assembly majority leader Bill Kramer was ousted due to allegedly groping one woman, and “verbally abusing” another. The Republican caucus voted unanimously to remove him.

Contrast that with another Bill, Bill Clinton. There were numerous allegations of sexual assault against Clinton, from groping to outright rape, and yet he remains a Democrat hero. Not one Democrat voted guilty in the Senate impeachment trial.

Tell me again who is fighting some “war on women?”

Who’s Really the Racist Here?

Eric Holder is now trying to get 11 states to lift their restrictions on felons voting. Because it is somehow racist.

This is the same guy that claims voter ID laws are racist.

And that punishing students for WHAT THEY DO is racist.

Conservatives think that the same laws should apply to everyone. Commit a felony, you can’t vote. Want to vote? Show an ID so we can ensure that everyone’s vote is counted, rather than being nullified by someone cheating.

Eric Holder and the Democrats seem to think that minorities can’t figure out the voting laws, can’t figure out photo IDs, and apparently can’t stop committing felonies.

You can’t tell me that level of low expectation isn’t racist.