Over the last two years many localities across the United States have increased minimum wage requirements. And, the past couple years has also seen an increase in stories of restaurant closures in the affected areas.
While this is no surprise to many economists, right-leaning publications, and right-leaning intellectuals, the left has sought to debunk the connections between restaurant closures and the increase in local minimum wages.
However, a recent study by Harvard University shows concrete evidence that, at least in San Francisco where the study was conducted , the minimum wage increase is directly impacting restaurant closings overall.
The study indicates that minimum wage has an overall impact on restaurant closures in general, but qualifies the study by stating “While lower rated restaurants are driven to exit by increases to the minimum wage, higher rated restaurants tend to be more insulated from such shocks.”
This statement caused left-leaning Los Angeles Times Columnist, Michael Hiltzik to allege, “Minimum wage increases can kill businesses—if they already stink.” While the study does say that restaurants with lower review ratings have a tendency of exiting, it also refers to restaurants being “closer to the margin of exit”, or in other words, who have a higher overhead compared to sales intake.
Low ratings, in Hiltzik’s view, are to understood as a result of poor business practices resulting in poor service and product. The statement from the study that he focuses on is “A $1 increase in the minimum wage leads to a 14% increase in the likelihood of exit for a 3.5-star restaurant…but has no discernible impact for a 5-star.”
Hiltzik’s assertion is incorrect as he fails to see a very important point. The first is that some restaurants, are a “3.5” rating by design, even when doing business in a solvent, professional manner. They are essentially closer to “the margin” that the report refers to.
Karen Handle won the special election Tuesday night, for the 6th congressional district concluding the most expensive house race in history. The seat, which has traditionally been held by Republicans since 1979 was vacated by Tom Price, who was appointed as President Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.
This is the runoff from the election back on April 18th, which due to the number of candidates from both parties, was essentially treated as a primary. The April election resulted in Democrat Jon Ossoff to compete against Karen Handel.
This election was to be a “referendum on Trump” according to the Chicago Tribune as well as other media heavy hitters. The Tribune also reported that this race was being watched as a “possible harbinger of the national dynamics ahead of the 2018 midterm elections”.
According to most media outlets, Ossoff was favored to win the seat once held by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. Jon Ossoff’s team, early in the campaign, tried to capitalize on anti-Trump sentiments with the slogan “Make Trump Furious”.
Osoff's Manager Haworth Orders Reporter to Leave Campaign Speech
Jon Osoff’s campaign barred Washington Free Beacon reporter, Brent Scher from covering a speech to Osoff supporters on the eve of the special election.
The reporter was approached immediately upon entering the event by Osoff spokesman, Sacha Haworth, who then escorted him out. When Scher asked why he could not cover the event, Haworth only said generically “Thank you very much for your interest in covering our race.”
Scher then asked why the Free Beacon was not allowed to cover the race despite its interest, and Haworth said again, “Thank you very much for your interest in covering our race.” Prior to the ouster, the Osoff campaign has also refused to provide any campaign scheduling information to the Free Beacon.
Many other reporters were, however allowed to enter. Reporters from CNN, Huffington Post, and The New York Times were among those who criticized the campaign for preventing Scher from covering the event.
This should come as no surprise as the polarization in America continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. In addition, barring media that covers issues from an unsupportive perspective goes back to the beginning of the Obama administration.
The mainstream media has pushed a narrative to the extreme by doubling-down with a twist and double-speak, telling a story with no real facts or evidence. One example of this molding of the “narrative” occurred on Friday, June 16th. It involves six authors, two news agencies, one “spokesman”, and a June 12th statement from a has-been from the past in an interview with yet another news reporting agency, ABC.
The story is another effort by both major organizations to turn the “Russian” collusion story into a “President Trump obstructed story”. As in the previous narrative, CNN and Washington Post use the continued platform of alleging based on statements of “officials”, “sources”, “anonymous sources”, “sources close to…”, and “sources familiar with…”
On Friday, June 16, 2017, CNN reportedly spoke to Peter Carr, an apparent “spokesman” for Robert Mueller. Carr happens to be the only person actually named as having spoken to a reporter, at in this case, CNN. According to Carr, Mueller has brought 13 “high powered” lawyers on board to handle the “Russian Investigation” with plans to hire more.
Apparently the names of five of the attorneys are known but the other 8 have not yet been identified. Two allegedly come from Mueller’s old law firm, Wilmer Hale and another, Andrew Weissman, is given accolades by CNN for having led the Enron investigation.
After this is mentioned, the writers for CNN went straight to a quote from Ken Star during an ABC News interview. The quote, “That is great, great team of complete professionals, so let’s let him do his job.” CNN mentions that Ken Star was the independent counsel whose investigation into Bill Clinton caused the former president’s impeachment.
James T. Hodgkinson opened fire at Republicans, injuring five people, at a baseball field in Alexandria Virginia. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, congressional staffer Zachary Barth, and three others were shot. The victims are all expected to recover and the shooter is dead.
While the mainstream media has several news reports on the incident circulating, none of the “news” outlets are identifying or claiming responsibility for their role in what caused Hodgkinson to snap and go on a rampage.
A review of Hodgkinson’s Facebook page shows that he was a Bernie Sanders supporter who literally hated President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. The hatred that he had was obviously based on the typical rhetoric of the left.
However, almost all “news” information released by the mainstream media is manipulated to fit the leftist narrative. Therefore, in addition to school indoctrination, which is where this hatred starts, it can also be said that what is considered “news reporting” today is what fuels the type of rage that caused Hodgkinson to go on a rampage.
Director, under pressure, considers alternative last two New York play performances
By: Internet Deputy Contributor
NEW YORK- The Public Theater’s controversial theatrical production of Julius Ceasar, part of Shakespeare in the Park may be taking on an unexpected twist in its last two performances.
According to a disgruntled insider in the production, Director Oscar Eustis forced emergency rehearsals in order to switch casting for the Trump-like Caesar to one that looks like former president Barrack Obama.
The disgruntled informant who is a long-time employee for The Public Theater said that all actors and employees involved in the production were instructed to remain silent on the topic.He said that the change in actors was a “contingency plan” to show "fairness" in case other sponsors threatened to pull support for the organization.
Public and conservative media outrage has already caused two major sponsors, Delta Airlines and Bank of America, to pull sponsorship for the project.
“No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of ‘Julius Caesar’ at this summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values”, Delta said in a public statement Sunday when it announced that it was ending its sponsorship of the production.
In a recent interview with Backstage magazine, the
Mainstream Media Losing Battle With Citizen Reporters
Antifa-Supported Media Loses Anti-Sharia Arguement Due to "Boots on the Ground"
On Saturday, June 10, anti-Sharia law rallies took place all over the United States. Mainstream media sources such as the Washington Post, LA Times, Huffington Post, and many others mobilized to misreport the r rallies as white supremacist “hate marches”.
However, the real reporting and video footage came from many sources other than the mainstream and they told a very different story.
In response to the mainstream media bias, micro reporters, citizens with smartphones and cameras, all over the United States have taken news reporting into their own hands. They are providing thousands of hours of live coverage, uploaded videos, witness accounts and even commentary of what many say the media simply refuse to cover anymore.
Today’s social media and access to public media such as You Tube has not only created rock stars and talk-show hosts. It has also allowed for the average person with a smart phone to record real time incidents, thus circumventing the conventional means of news reporting that has become increasingly biased.
More recently there has been an insurgence of “micro-reporters” who have been recording and posting coverage of protests, riots, government waste, and fraud, that are either misrepresented or not covered at all by the media.
Facebook page, The Illusive Progress Movement,(IPM) is one example of micro-reporters documenting much more than the media. Two of the main contributors to the page are a husband and wife couple by the name Yager. The page is also linked to a web site with the same name that posts news and events. It also states that it is in the process of producing a documentary that exposes the lefts’ dismantling of America.
The Yagers, between the IPM page and their personal pages, have several posted videos, which they streamed live. The videos contain raw footage of protests that in some cases have adversaries actually threatening violence and acting evasive. The videos are not only film, but a complete account of what is happening as well as commentary. They are literally complete news reports.
One of the Yager videos was included in a You Tube montage of three videos documenting the reaction of illegal immigrants at a supposed town hall meeting. The meeting was organized by US Congressman, Lou Correa, as a workshop to show illegal immigrants how to circumvent a tightening immigration system since Donald Trump has taken office.
The meeting could not get underway and was eventually canceled due to Trump supporters who attempted to hold the congressman accountable, thus causing protest inside the building. This fact was not documented by the Yagers who filmed outside, but appeared unable to enter, but by other citizens such as Arthur Christopher Shaper who posted to You Tube as well, thus providing thorough documentation of the entire event.
You Tube channels have videos posted from all over the country documenting Saturday’s anti-Sharia events and protests. There are several showing resistance by counter protestors holding hate flags of Che Guevara , Communist symbols, and dressed as Antifa in black reminiscent of “KKK” style cover-up.
One channel, grindall61 not only films the protests in San Bernardino, CA, but also narrates what the protests are about, what is happening in the area, and peoples’ reactions from both sides. Another video posted by “Trump Chronicles” monitors the protests in New York City. Yet another video documents a rally that took place in Seattle, WA.
But these were only a few that are listed. There are many more on You Tube and even more on Facebook.
It comes as no surprise that people will use technology that was formerly relegated to only news agencies. However, it is likely that the mainstream media had not counted on it being used against them to do the job on a raw, not staged platform. Inadvertently it has become a tool which has become a powerful force which could eventually push the mainstream media completely aside.
In the view of Interdeputy.com, micro-reporters , or those armed with a camera and courage, provide a much more valuable account of events than the mainstream media. Managing editor, Jake Fogg, has decided to dedicate an entire link-tab to this type of footage and reporting. The tab will be called “Raw News”.