Monthly Archives: September 2013
Kevin Price has just committed to be a panelist at the 2nd Amendment Foundation’s Gun Rights Policy Conference in Houston, Texas. He will be discussing one of his favorite topics, “Countering Media Bias.” Kevin has spoken on this topic many times over the years and looks forward to being a part of this event. His panel will be on Sep. 29th, in the morning at the Marriott Hotel Houston, TX Airport (George Bush Airport).
This is one of several speeches Kevin has scheduled in the months to come and that he does annually. If you want to learn more about having Kevin speak to your event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is an excerpt of Kevin Price’s latest column in the Huffington Post:
President Obama has rarely had problems making unilateral decisions. In fact, he has been more than willing to implement policies even after they were overturned by another branch of government. Furthermore, he has also allowed agencies to do things in disregard of Congressional oversight. We have even seen this in his military decisions as well, with the indiscriminate use of drones and other actions, without the approval and with little consultation from Congress.
The “drum beat” for military action has been loud since it became clear that Syria used chemical weapons on its own people, including hundreds of babies and children. David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister and the United States’ strongest ally, called for a special session of Parliament and the members voted against military action. This was shocking and a blow to Cameron’s leadership. Meanwhile, France has said it is going to support military action against Syria. President Obama has said that it is “imperative” for the U.S. to attack or we can expect more heinous actions on the part of the Syrian regime. Now, in what could be seen as a “reversal” for a man who has rarely been interested in the legislative branch and its opinions, Obama is not only consulting Congress on the issue of Syria, but asking for them to vote on it.
Political observers are going to be asking questions. Is the president looking for an excuse not to act? Will a negative vote from Congress become grounds for inaction? This is unlikely, because he indicated that there would be action regardless of the vote, but it could significantly affect what that action looks like. Remember, George Bush asked Congress to vote on the automobile industry bailout, they did with a resounding “no” and Bush authorized it anyway with TARP dollars. Actions such as these are often more show than substance. Will a vote in favor of military action lead to more drastic actions by the United States? We will have to wait and see.
If Congress authorizes action, the American people will certainly be more supportive and the president will also be seen as having had “matured” in his decision making. But if the president goes to Congress and they vote “no” and he proceeds with action (as it appears likely), I expect a fairly loud outcry and even more cynicism towards our government and its leaders. A vote supporting the president is anything but guaranteed. The American people have grown tired of war, this includes… (read more)
Fast food workers across the country walked off their jobs Aug. 29, asking for a doubling of the minimum wage — but like the food they serve, a wage hike seems convenient, but in the end may not be as healthy as they think.
Leading into Labor Day, workers are trying to highlight the difficulties of living on minimum wage, which in Texas is $7.25 an hour, a wage that picketers in over 60 cities are hoping to raise to $15. Earlier this year, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) introduced and attempt to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, above the $7.25 level set in 2009.
A heated debate rages around the effects of minimum wage increases — whether or not they really help workers, and their effect on business. According to the National Employment Law Project, the majority of recent job creation has occurred at the low end, creating low-paying jobs such as those that dominate the fast food industry. In response, the minimum-wage debate has gone from a simmer to a boil.
“The cost of every product includes the cost a business has in making that product,” says Kevin Price, host of “Price of Business” on Business Talk 1110 KTEK . Price is also a guest on national media , including Fox Business, Fox News, and the Huffington Post. “If the minimum wage goes up, that increase is mirrored in all goods and services–restaurants, grocery stores and any place where low-skilled, young labor is used.”
Price feels that businesses will work around the minimum wage — “entrepreneurs are entrepreneurial in all their activities,” he says. “When forced, they’ll make accommodations” and often the people the government wants to help most are adversely affected by increased prices and a cut-back in their hours.
In absolute terms, a 100 percent increase in pay does not equate to double the money. With a $15 an hour minimum wage, a person working 40 hours a week would see a monthly surge in their income of about $1,250 monthly. But that increase in pay will also raise their federal tax withholding amount by $170 per month, plus an additional amount for Social-Security withholdings…(read more)