The article takes two not quite related topics and glues them together, and provides so many angles for discussion...
On Trump's taxes. The left wants the taxes of certain people made public. For Republican candidates for high office, the left wants it to make news-points and campaign slogans that the candidate didn't pay enough taxes and his (or her) life is devoted entirely to their self-interest.
More generally, such as wanting the tax returns of Goldman Lloyd Blankfein, it is to make the general slogan that tax rates should be (MUCH) higher on the richest among us. Many of them fondly recall the >90% tax rates of the pre-Kennedy "A rising tide lifts all boats" era or Britain's pre-Thatcher "One for you nineteen for me"* era, when many rich left the country. Some are fans of Fidel Castro's 'maximum wage policy', and of Che Guevara shooting the rich. Some approve of news reports of some rich getting assessed >100% on their income taxes. Some are quite honest that there shouldn't be anyone rich or high-earning enough to make or have more than yy x what others make.
* = George Harrison, Beatles, 'Taxman'.
On 'The fight for 15', I am reminded of 'The High Wage Doctrine' that was popular during the 1930s. That was the era of "That's a nice job, if you can get it."
The law says that an employee has to be paid a minimum wage, and the current fad is the higher $15/hour. (I am waiting to hear the first bid for > $15...) But, Humphrey-Hawkins' proposal aside, the law doesn't guarantee that you can find a job paying that much.
Presuming that there is such a law mandating a much higher than market rate of pay. (Market means that there is someone willing to work at $7.25/hour...), then a few things are evident.
- Certain low wage workers won't be able to find jobs...
- The only jobs certain low wage workers can find will be illegal ones paying less than the high minimum... This happens a lot south of the border.
- Or those workers will have to go into business for themselves, going door to door selling something, or standing on street corners washing windshields and holding out their hand... This also happens a lot south of the border.
- Or find some generous out-of-the-workforce government program, like SS Disability that has had a lot of abuse in the past few years, or Britain's dole.
- Or emigrate.
** Back c.1993 I saw and clipped an article that the future will belong to illegal immigrants, who know how and where to find paying work in spite of government regulations that obstruct the workers.
** -- Recall that the Arab Spring began in Tunisia, after such a denied worker committed a very public suicide in protest at police obstruction of his efforts to earn a living.
BTW, those who say that people can't live on $7.25/hour forget that most of the world lives on $7.25/hour or less. So we should ask "What makes it so hard to live in America on $7.25/hour?" Is there a green consume less lesson here?