There is much to human history about the actions of mobs. They have wreaked all forms of destruction and wrecked many lives with their acts of violence. It is an interest of psychological inquiry as to why a crowd of 30 or more individuals (and some people question why we need high-capacity magazines) would cause so much bloodshed engaging in behaviors that so many of them would be too cowardly to do on their own.
The worst of these had to be the "lynch mob." A quickly formed group of enraged citizens would join together in "righteous indignation" and work to rid their city, town, or neighborhood of criminals and other social undesirables by grabbing the nearest "not-one-of-us" and hanging that poor soul by the neck until dead. A lot of these innocent folks were young Black males that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
President Obama now calls upon the "mob" in Washington to inflict even more damage on America's frail economy by raising the Federal Minimum Wage from its current $7.25 per hour to $9.00. I have already explained how "price floors," such as a minimum wage laws, cause an unsold surplus for the commodity that they apply to and, if the commodity is labor, then what we are talking about is unemployment. Professors of Economics, Walter E. Williams and Thomas Sowell, have explained time and again how such laws adversely affect those on the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder in America and that is most commonly Young Black Males (YBM), with an unemployment rate generally hovering around 50%.
Long before this blog, I once wrote a paper suggesting one way to reduce this high rate was to allow Black entrepreneurs and small business owners to hire YBM's at a wage less than that mandated by the Federal Minimum Wage Law. In exchange for the lower wage, the YBM would receive on-the-job training and work experience from a mentor/employer that they might more readily identify with on a social level.
I was immediately lambasted for suggesting that YBM's were worth less than young males from other races and labeled a racist bigot. I had made no such suggestion and I did agree that such a law would be racist, but only a detriment to those young males from other races who would now suffer a higher unemployment rate than the YBM's. Of course, this was not the first time in my life that I had been the victim of slander, libel, or perjury.
As a person who prefers to deal with reality as it presents itself to me, I have to ask the pointed question: Which is more damaging to a young person's life, to have someone suggest that the labor of a young person with no job training or work experience is worth less than some arbitrary value assigned to his labor by our benevolent government officials, or to implement a government program that will doom the young person to a life without gainful employment and quite possibly drive them to a life of crime, an option that is known to significantly shorten one's lifespan?
President Obama claims to be the friend of the low and downtrodden in this country, but as his programs prove to be more damaging to this nation's economy, which in turn will affect those at the bottom more adversely than everyone else, we will all see that "with friends like him, we don't need any enemies..."