To the Editor:
Each time that Jack Hatch seems to make a statement about an issue, he’s always offering a bold solution to some major problem. It really just turns out to be blustering over a non-issue. He’s crusading about the minimum wage as if it will solve poverty for all ages. Apparently, Sen. Hatch needs to revisit basic economics. And, potentially, arithmetic. Does Sen. Hatch think that giving someone a few extra dollars will suddenly make their life all roses and rainbows because they have overcome an artificial, government defined line of poverty? Change the income definition of poverty and the numbers change again.
Ultimately, it is common sense to realize that the best way to solve a complex problem like poverty is going to take more than increasing the cost of labor. We need to expand and grow the pie, not just cut a different sized piece of it. Creating more jobs, better jobs, and recession-sustainable jobs should be the top priorities. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds have been champions of better jobs and better education that will create a stronger workforce. This is exactly the type of public policy we need—long term, foundational improvements. Unlike Sen. Hatch who throws out poll-tested, short term fixes that just toss band aids on an infected wound.