by Steve Helms, Greene County Circuit Clerk, 2010 salary $67,888.08
Of all things, government should do what is right, not what is politically correct. One of the worst laws in Missouri and the United States is the minimum wage law.In 2006, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition B) to increase the minimum wage in the state to $6.50 an hour—it passed Greene County with 74.41 percent of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 78.99 percent voting in favor as the minimum wage was increased to $6.50 an hour in the state.
A minimum wage law is wrong for at least three reasons. It is morally wrong. The Declaration of Independence says that we are endowed by our Creator with the Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Economic freedom is a part of those rights and government doesn’t have the moral authority, nor does it have the legal authority to tell me what I have to make or what I have to pay for a certain job.
As our nation was founded, the majority of people don’t have the right to interfere in this area either. That is the concept of the Rule of Law. Because we are a republic and not a democracy, others have no right to interfere with another person’s unalienable rights.
That is why the Missouri Legislature should not only limit our state minimum wage to the federal law, but repeal the state minimum wage law entirely. Minimum wage laws don’t work; they only drive up inflation. If you arbitrarily force the cost of wages to go up, prices will also increase. In effect, a person might see a slight increase in their pay, but they will also experience an increase in their cost of living.
Inflation hurts those who can least afford it; those on a fixed income. This usually includes the elderly and those disabled. Often these groups of people are the least able to take care of things and need to hire low skilled help to do chores around their homes. Minimum wage laws make it increasingly difficult for them to acquire these needed services.
The choice is clear; we can do what is politically correct or what is right. Please call or write your legislator and tell them you want them to do what is right.
Helms salary is $67,888.08 a year. And he wants to do away with the minimum wage.
Helms is rumored to be testing the waters for a run for county clerk when the current clerk moves on.
Helms edits, sells advertising, prints, formats, distributes, writes articles, sermons & what not and posts it all on the internet at the Springburg Gazette when he's not busy being circuit clerk.