It is true that in many cases, our providing of charity to the developing world undercuts the development of local providers. When we provide food, it undercuts local farmers. When we provide shoes, it undercuts local shoe sellers. When we provide eye glasses, it under cuts local eye glass sellers. We must be very mindful about the unintended consequences of our charity. Yes, we need to provide temporary, life-saving disaster help, but we must be very careful about what we provide beyond that.
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The idea of raising the minimum wage – in Polk County, Iowa, or anywhere, is an emotional issue. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone earned a “living wage”? On the logical side, just remember that raising the minimum wage will result in more people not being able to find work – especially the least skilled workers. Also know that it will put upward pressure on prices that will further raise the cost of living – which will put more political pressure to further raise the minimum wage. Increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a better idea. It is paid for by all income tax payers and targets those who have real need, without putting further upward pressure on prices.