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Simple math and basic economics

What we have seen with Democrats in Washington and the DFL in St. Paul is that they don’t understand simple math and basic economics.

Obamacare — government spending billions for a few without access to health insurance. Many who chose before not to have insurance were already eligible/were not enrolled or illegals not entitled. All were lumped into so-called uninsured.

Government then mandates, spend hundreds of billions on IT systems that don’t work and impose penalties on individuals/businesses that discourage jobs and economic growth.

Now take minimum wage. Basic math tells you that if you have 10 employees making $5 an hour, you have $2,000 a week in payroll. Government now says you must pay them $10, so you have $4,000 in payroll. The employer budget equals $2,000 in payroll so three things can happen:

All reduced to part time to make payroll; employer can lay off five employees to make payroll; or increase prices. With times already tough, option No. 3 is not a reality. Options 1 or 2 are left. Where do those employed in minimum wage jobs win? They don’t!

Before you are sucked into supporting something because you are told it will help you — will it really? We could have found a solution for those actually without insurance for far less than the hundreds of bills that Obamacare/MNSure are going to cost us.

Where will you be with the forced wage issue — cut hours, unemployed or closing your small business?

Political decisions have consequences, It just appears the Democrats don’t care what they are!

David Anderson,


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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