I Now Pronounce You … Hoodwinked?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of marriage. What would my dress look like? How would I wear my hair? Who would I invite? Would I marry the man of my dreams on a tropical island, at a romantic winery, or in a beautiful church with exquisite stained glass windows?

I never could pick one clear path, so I wrote out each of my fantasy weddings in full detail, in a blue binder labeled, “Kristina’s Wedding,” with pretty stickers and red felt marker hearts. If only I would’ve known then what I know now, that binder that I spent years building would have been done in less than a week—and without all of the accessories. You see, all my life I have been told how wonderful weddings are, and I can’t just blame my family and friends for this miscommunication, oh no, my complaints go a lot further than that.INowPronouceYou

As a newly-married woman, I have decided to take a stand for all of the engaged women in the world who, like me, have preplanned and daydreamed what their wedding day will be. For those who have no help, and those who have too much help with all of the details, I vow to tell you everything “they” don’t want you to know about “the wedding day,” and the so called “blissful,” first year of marriage. I didn’t have anyone willing to keep it “one hundred percent real” with me, so I figured I would help my fellow woman as she walks down the isle of her American dream.

Let’s get straight to it: Getting married is the best and worst experience of your life. Now I know this statement sounds a little harsh, but trust me, as an engaged woman, you spend so much time planning out every detail of that special moment—like which, of the over 200 shades of white, you want your dress to be; how the napkins should be folded, or whether you want to have the dry chicken or unseasoned salmon as your main course during the reception.

You spend many tiring hours, pouring out your hearts’ desires, rummaging through wedding magazines, all for a twenty to thirty minute ceremony and a reception that you will hardly remember having. Not to mention that you are throwing a huge dinner party that will cost you thousands of dollars for a bunch of guests who you won’t even remember were there until you see your pictures.

The night is busy, and let me just say, you are incredibly lucky if you even get to eat more than two bites of your food during dinner, because all of the nice, excited people want to take your picture and ask you a bunch of overwhelming and intrusive questions about when you’re going to pop out kids, when you haven’t even consummated your marriage yet. It’s like being one of the animal attractions at Six Flags. You’re highly annoyed, hungry, and sleepy all at the same time.

Am I saying that there aren’t any good moments? Of course not. You do experience the moment when all eyes are locked in on you as you sashay down the aisle in a fabulous designer gown, the incredibly magical moment of your vows to your handsome husband, and the first kiss as a married couple that completely steals every breath in your body.

There are those moments when you enjoy shaking your groove thang on the dance floor and realizing that you are no longer a single lady, because he put a ring on your finger. You found your prince charming and get to transition from Miss to Mrs. It’s one of the best moments in your life, and you will remember it forever; it’s just that you will also remember the drunk bridesmaid that passed out at the reception and slept under the head table during the toasts to the bride and groom.

So who’s to blame for these unrealistic expectations of the biggest day of our lives? Is it Cinderella, Twilight, or Pinterest for enticing us to fall in love with ideas of weddings and marriage that is only twenty percent accurate? Or do we blame our families and friends for trying to relive their marriages through ours, so much so, that on that day we stop caring about the details of it all, and are just glad that it’s over?

No, the truth is, it doesn’t matter that someone planted the seed and watered it, or even that it grew wildly in the forest of our minds. The real issue is that no one came to prune these delusions so they became out of control. Well, I’ve got great news: I just went to Home Depot and bought a pair of the cutest red shears. I’ve got

2014 Lexus LS: Luxury with the Tech Factor!

These days, luxury is offered in cars from every corner of the earth. The levels and even definitions of luxury may vary; however, they all claim extreme comfort with commanding handling, performance and in 2014, the cream-of-the-crop models highlight technology. Of course, typically, the more advanced and complete the packaging is reflected in how many tens-of-thousands of Benjamin’s one must lay down for the privilege of driving such a car!

One of the offerings from Japan, or perhaps I should rephrase to say; one of the top models, comes in the form of the 2014 Lexus LS sedan. Its price tag may not be on everyone’s list, but the overall driving experience is what we dream of at night.2013_Lexus_LS_460_013

The 2014 Lexus LS is available in the following line up: LS460 Rear-wheel drive ($73,050), LS460 All-wheel drive ($75,995), LS460 L Rear-wheel drive ($79,350), LS460 L All-wheel drive ($82,835), and LS600h L Rear-wheel drive ($120,970).

Lexus redesigned the LS for the 2013 model year and delivers the 2014 version with a slightly more aggressive stance and additional standard features on the LS 460, including heated and cooled front seats, navigation, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming and rearview camera.

Many features are controlled using the Lexus’ Remote Touch – a mouse-like controller that allows the user to manipulate the infotainment functions including radio, heating and cooling, navigation and more. It works fairly well; although, it doesn’t take much to accidentally bump into it and find yourself going from ’80′s alternative rock music to classical jazz.2013_Lexus_LS_460_021

Speaking of music, the LS460′s sound system is a Mark Levinson entertainment system that offers 19-audio channels, 450 watts of power, and an 8GB of hard-drive space for music. Other major features include massaging rear seats, Blu-ray DVD entertainment system, climate-controlled, ottoman-style backseat and a rear cooler box. Plus, new for 2014 is the “Siri ™ Eyes Free Mode,” which integrates Apple’s Siri voice command system with the car’s infotainment system.

While previous generations have been characterized as having conservative styling, the 2014 Lexus LS generates more of a buzz with its new “Spindle” corporate grille that blows back into the creases of the hood. As part of the 2013 redesign, Lexus also reworked the rear-end adding a strip of chrome that runs over the license-plate area and connects to the new tail lamps.

There is plenty of passenger room, especially for the rear occupants. Comfort is delivered with ultra-high-quality leather and beautiful wood trim throughout the cabin. For those seeking even more interior room, Lexus offers the LS460 L model that adds 4.8-inches to the wheelbase and overall length. Talk about having plenty of legroom for even an NBA player!

2013_Lexus_LS_460_interior_001_30A1098F4C9FA7FF6C0D0526DEA6E0CD9C7C1A78Performance is driven from a single powertrain source – the 4.6-liter V8 that is mated to the world’s first eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine with rear-wheel produces 386 horses at 6,400 rpm and 367 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm. The 4.6-liter with AWD drops the numbers to 360 horses and 344 lb-ft of torque. The EPA numbers are rated at 16 City and 24 Highway (RWD) and 16 City and 23 Highway (AWD).

Cool Features:

  • Siri ™ Eyes Free Mode
  • Integrates Apple’s Siri voice command system with the car’s infotainment system
  • AWD option

Safety on the 2014 LS460 comes standard with dual front, knee, side and side-curtain airbags, traction and stability control systems, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. Rear-side airbags are available as an option. Other optional safety features include a Pre-Collision Safety system with Collision Avoidance Assist, which is designed to help the driver avoid or mitigate collisions with vehicles and pedestrians.

In Summary – The 2014 Lexus LS460 offers luxury buyers all of the bells and whistles in many forms including, for the economically minded folks – a hybrid version. It handles wonderfully, has a smooth and powerful engine and an interior that is loaded with comfort and high-tech gadgets. The LS offers an F-Sports package that increases  edginess and includes a number of aesthetic and performance upgrades to the inside, exterior, and suspension.

Specifications

2014 Lexus LS460 4-Dr Sedan

Base price:               $72,140 as driven: $81,179 (including destination and optional features)

Engine:                       4.6-liter eight-cylinder

Horsepower:            386 @ 6,400 RPM

Torque:                       367 @ 4,100 RPM

Transmission:          8-speed automatic

Drive:                           Rear-wheel Drive

Seating:                       5-passenger

Turning circle:         35.4 feet

Cargo space:              22.2 cubic feet

Curb weight:              4,233 pounds

Fuel capacity:             14.5 gallons

EPA mileage:              City16/Hwy 24

Wheel Base:               116.9 inches

Warranty:                   4 years/50,000 miles powertrain limited

Also consider:            BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XJ, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class

 

 

Are You Ready to Step Into the “Winner’s Circle” for WEIGHT LOSS Success?

In my private practice, over the last nine years, I’ve helped many clients step into the “Winner’s Circle” by offering them practical tools to nourish, water, and prune their colorful “inner gardens.” An “inner garden” is the place where a person’s innermost thoughts and emotions come together. Now, just as a cared-for “outer garden” feels good when we come home to it (and relax into a comfy lounge chair)—a nourished and cared-for “inner garden” can also feel good when we “come home”…and relax into it (ah-h-h).

By contrast, when we don’t take the time to nourish our “inner gardens,” we may lose touch with what our soils/souls are longing for. Often, when we are out of touch with our innermost thoughts and feelings, we “act out” our emotions in unconscious ways, like compulsively overeating.

Unfortunately, if this habit becomes a “mainstay of our diets”—we are likely to become overweight. Meanwhile, with unhealthy food temptations lurking around every corner, it would take TRUCKLOADS of willpower to resist all the junk food enticements!

As a certified clinical hypnotherapist, I offer “guided imagery” and find it to be one of my most effective tools. “Guided imagery” helps weight-loss seekers harness the power of their unconscious minds—instead of trying to succeed on their conscious willpower alone. Now, you may be wondering, what is guided imagery and how does it work?

First, guided imagery gently guides people to relax and calm their minds and bodies. Then, they simply listen to some positive suggestions that nourish and support them on a deep level. In this way, unhealthy eating habits are addressed by engaging the wisdom of the unconscious mind. And this is where it gets really interesting—based on studies from Stanford University, the University of Connecticut, and Washington University, research shows that guided imagery can DOUBLE the success of a weight-loss program!

Now in case you missed my EXCITING NEWS last month, here’s a recap: After three years of development—with the help of an extremely talented team—I’ve created a weight-loss program that offers guided imagery as its central tool. Our program is designed to help people step into the “Winner’s Circle” for weight-loss success. Our web-based program is called:

~ Weight Loss 18 Minutes ~

We chose this name because it takes about 18 minutes a day—to use the program’s “primary tools.” As you’ll see in my illustration

Power-Plate

the primary tools of Weight Loss 18 Minutes are:

  • DAILY GUIDED IMAGERY (about 11 minutes of listening)
  • A DAILY EMAIL that offers support and TIPS…designed to empower personal success (about 1 minute to read)
  • Downloadable “SELF-CARE” FORMS (about 5 minutes to use)
  • ARTsy INSPIRATIONS…sprinkled generously throughout our program (a few seconds to enjoy!)

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These primary tools provide a solid “Circle of Support” to help people stay focused on their weight-loss goals as they patiently move forward, one-step and one-day at a time.

Now I must tell you, to introduce our weight-loss program, I had my first experience of “starring” in a video. Eric Johnson, the publisher of this magazine and owner of ALIVE MEDIA, produced the video. He and his team did an amazing job showing what sets Weight Loss 18 Minutes apart from other programs—and helped me bring my “personal story” to life. (Thank-you Eric and Michael!)

I’ll be honest here, prior to filming I was quite nervous about being “on camera” and especially about telling my story—including my own struggles with food. Thank heavens, my passion for sharing these important tools helped me overcome my camera shyness and avoid becoming a “deer in the headlights!”

So, on that note, I hope you enjoy seeing my video and hearing more about our program’s powerful tools! If you’re ready to embrace the healthier body you’ve been longing for and experience our “Circle of Support”—then don’t miss out on getting your 10-Day Free Trial. Simply go to: www.WeightLoss18minutes.com and click the purple gift box.

“I feel supported throughout my day using the tools. Best of all—I’m changing my relationship with food—and am losing weight!”  Maureen

Trina Swerdlow, BFA, CCHT, is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, an artist, and the author of Stress Reduction Journal. Trina has a private practice in downtown Danville. You can reach her at: (925) 285.5759, or info@TrinaSwerdlow.com.

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapy services in California can be alternative or complementary to licensed healing arts, such as psychotherapy.

 

 

Tailor Your Beauty Wardrobe

Custom Foundations Are A Perfect Match.

A foundation is one of the most important beauty accessories to have for the majority of women.  It is the coveted beauty accessory and understandably so – it makes the skin look flawless, youthful and healthier, but only with the correct color foundation will you achieve the most natural looking skin.

A customer with beautiful blond hair and rosy cheeks came in to our beauty boutique. She complained that she couldn’t find anything to conceal her red cheeks and that everything made her skin look pale. When questioned on what she was currently using, we soon realized why the redness in her skin had not disappeared. It was clear to us that she was using too much. Her morning ritual began with a “one shade fits all” foundation tint, a cream concealer, followed by an application of a green stick pen and a mineral based powder. She was using products that had very little coverage, not to mention her skin looked pale and cakey and too made-up. We suggested a custom foundation with AB coverage, with a warmer shade tint mixed with a beige undertone, followed by a mica powder with 45 percent pigment, by Fleur Visage, thus leaving the skin perfectly matched with full coverage to hide the redness. She was elated that her skin looked so smooth and beautiful, flawless and very natural. Walking out the door radiating her new-found beauty, she was ready to conquer the world with confidence.

Foundations are one of the most sought-after commodities in cosmetics today. It takes up to four years for a make-up artist to develop an eye for color. Most beauty counter sales girls do not have the experience or the know-how to choose the correct color for women. The “one shade fits all” foundation does not always work for everyone. Our client is a perfect example of incorrect products and wasted time and money. What women don’t know is that a perfectly matched foundation can make your skin go from dull and pale to a radiant glow in seconds.

At The Rouge they have been custom blending foundations for women for over 20 years. They are committed to excellence and ensure that their clients have the most updated cosmetics in the industry. They are available Tuesday through Saturday to help women select the right color foundation and they can color match their skin with the custom foundations they provide from Fleur Visage Cosmetics.

 

 

He Said / She Said with Robin and Shawn

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Please settle the debate between my husband and me. Can men and women be just friends?  P.B., Orinda

He Said: I could go on about the situations and scenarios where a man and a woman CAN be friends, but it really comes down to two things that have to exist for it to work: 1) They are not physically attracted to each other AND 2) They have never been intimate in the past. It’s as simple as that. I do not know of a healthy friendship between a heterosexual man and woman when either one of these conditions isn’t met. I must add, if your best friend is of the opposite sex, he or she is the one you should be in the relationship with, as all other relationships will be doomed. No exceptions!

She Said: The older I get, the more flexible my thinking. I used to feel as Shawn does, but now I see scenarios where men and women are friends, and it seems valid. A good example is people who work together. They see each other regularly, they start to share stories, offer advice, and maybe even get together socially. And what about your best friend’s spouse?  Surely being friends with that person is good for everyone. I also think it depends on the person. There are those who get along better with members of the opposite sex and if that’s always been the case, fine. But beware of those who say they have lots of friends of the opposite sex only to learn they’ve broken Shawn’s second condition, which I agree, eliminates them from the “just friends” category.

Dear SSHS,

Texting is a great way to convey a quick thought when a phone call isn’t necessary, but how about some text etiquette?  R.L., Alamo

She Said:  Textiquette?  Couldn’t agree more. Here are my simple rules:

1) No texting at the table. I don’t care whether it’s the family gathered around for dinner or whether you’re on a date. It’s rude and unnecessary.

2) No texting before the sun’s up or after 10 pm. This is simple consideration. Would you call someone on the phone before 7:00 am?  I think not, so don’t text them either!  A lot of us are doing without landlines these days, so cell phones must stay on in case of emergency. That little chirp at 6:05 am, informing the light sleeper that your flight is delayed and you’re bored, is of absolutely no interest at that hour.

3) If you’re going to write a tome, please consider using punctuation.

He Said: Everyone, including your grandmother, is texting nowadays — I agree, we need some guidelines. The most important rule: don’t text unless you can give it your complete attention. This means don’t pick up that phone if you’re driving, in class or a meeting, mid-conversation with anyone, during a meal, etc. And for heaven’s sake, enough with the abbreviations and misspelled words. LOL is about the only shorthand that should ever be in a text and even then, guys shouldn’t be using it at all. It’s emasculating.

Robin Fahr and Shawn Alikian host Conversations and He Said/She Said seen daily on Tri-Valley TV, Channel 30. Send your questions to www.AskHeSaidSheSaid.com.HeSaidSheSaidgraphic

 

Theater of the Mind on Demand

SONY DSCHow long until your car dashboard audio experience is digital and internet driven?  By that, I don’t mean radio or satellite, but on demand programming? Does it make sense it will be? Apple is in the game with something it is calling CarPlay. It brings iPhone features and Siri voice activation right into the dashboard.  Apple isn’t alone.  Google and others have been trying to lock down space. And 80 million new cars sold globally each year creates a huge space for them. Having that potential in our cars creates whole new listening vistas for us.

Radio industry analyst, Jerry Del Colliano, writes that Apple just killed radio’s digital dashboard.  He’s writing from radio’s point of view.  He’s saying that consolidation has ruined radio and left it ripe for this. He says this is especially true for the younger generations, as well as many of us baby boomers, who get most of our information from our mobile devices.  Now we’ll be able to either plug in or WiFi our own programming from that smartphone.

Apple has already locked down Ferrari, Mercedes, and Volvo, and it says Ford and Honda are on the way. It says CarPlay will also work with music services, Spotify and Beats Radio. Pandora isn’t on the list so far.  I’m guessing you still be able to get some radio streaming as well.

So, question:  Will this be more distracting for drivers or less?  As things are now, you can have presets for your favorite stations. With CarPlay, my guess is, it will come up on a digital dashboard display, or you’ll be able to use Siri to go where you want to go.  That, on the face of it, would seem to be less distracting.  Now, we can plug in our device through our USB or Bluetooth and bring up stuff, but to do that we aren’t hands free. Does this solve that problem?

Another aspect.  So far in all this talk, it doesn’t seem that these systems will accommodate android devices.  Will you either have to have an iPhone or be forced into the Apple family to make these connections?  Or will you have to choose car brands based on what kind of operating system your phone is?  Interesting!

On the whole, this has seemed inevitable for several years, but now with the way technology can move, it seems it’s here.  Cool.  On demand.  You make the decision to listen to what and when you want.  Make sense?

Voodoo Doughnuts

As readers and a loyal audience, you should have never let me roam outside the boundaries of Alive Magazines circulation. You see, I am an explorer, and the act of staying put resembles trying to herd cats. The most wonderful aspect of this article is whenever I do break the lock on my own kennel; my first thought is that I can’t wait to bring you all with me. Today we are going to Portland!

There is a belief—a philosophy if you will—that I have about doughnuts. Somewhere around toddler-hood, the deep connection between a kid and a doughnut is formed. Perhaps this even precedes physical memory, but that does not deter from the power that is generated. Then, as we grow and mature, we see the doughnuts as security. An item that brings nostalgia, comfort, understanding, does not change and will always be there for you when you need it most. In adulthood, we veer a little further off course and even lose our connection for a bit, while we look at the effects that pastries and sugars have on our aging bodies. We examine our intake to preserve our waistlines and start making crucial cuts. Doughnuts are the poster children for dropped habits. I believe that they are the first to go because we know that if ever we change our minds, they will be there, waiting for us. Never questioning where we have been, never wondering why it took us so long to get back, and probably served by the same person in a hair net that we knew from so very long ago,

I have recently arrived at an amazing part of my life. I am now in possession of the body that I will be buried with one day. No more 20lb swings in either direction—a little soft in the middle, but comfortable. I love what I am and it requires little effort, outside my current routine. This allowed me to shake hands again with my old friends; maple bar and chocolate old-fashioned, and oh, how I have missed them!

Last week, my wife, son and I took a quick pilgrimage to the Pacific North West. This trip served two purposes. One: I got to meet some people that will be carrying my book, “What Seems to Be the Problem?” in their stores and two: One last trip before we meet my daughter, set to arrive in April!

While there, we had a short list of “musts,” coinciding with our short amount of time, but on that list was Voodoo Doughnuts!voodoo

Here’s the skinny (great word here)—Kenneth “Cat Daddy,” Pogson and Tres Shannon are longtime friends. These two operate as one and always wanted to create a business in Portland. They landed on doughnuts as an un-tapped reservoir of “creativity meets business sense,” but how? They knew nothing about confections, so the two infiltrated LA and the doughnut masters that would teach them like samurais in the fine art of doughnut rolling, frying, flipping and creating. They returned to Portland with stories of fame and not only created amazing donuts, but shapes and styles. Dead body doughnuts filled with raspberry jam, frosting “Xs”over the eyes and pretzels protruding outward from the chest. Maple doughnuts with crushed Oreos, drizzled with peanut butter. Maple bars with bacon on top (ridiculously good food), and don’t get me started about the cream-filled éclair in the shape of man parts. But the best part is that each bite is cathartic. Something about the bright pink building with Mrs. Pac Man and pinball inside, the traditional doughnut shop smell of coffee, pastry and frosting, and “cash only” nuance secured our breakfast heaven.

We introduced my son that day to what I am sure will be a lifelong relationship to a food that will provide comfort when we can’t.

Voodoo Doughnuts, 22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland Oregon 503-241-4704

 

Fun, Fresh, New Looks

So long. sweaters!  The newest looks are fresh and fun!

Bright and airy colors…pantone spring2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

… Floral prints (look by Blugirl)florals spring 2014

 

 

 

White with black accents–not to be confused with plain ol’ black and white (available at lyst.com)…black and white dress- spring 2014

 

 

 

 

 

THE color of the season, radiant orchid, makes a handbag look, well…radiant (bag by Michael Kors)…

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The summer bootie works with slim slacks, skirts, dresses and shorts—this season’s IT shoe (shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, available at Neiman Marcus, $750)…laser cut bootie

Famous Pairs!

In honor of National Pear month, let’s discuss famous pairs, like Abbott & Costello, Martin & Lewis, Lewis & Clark. (I made that stuff up about a National Pear Month. Just being silly).

1. In the early 40′s, Universal Studios tried to advance a vaudeville team to be competition for Abbott and Costello. Their two movies were “Hellzapoppin,” and “Crazy House.” Who were these two comics? (Last names will do).

2. They played shortstop and second base together for 17 years for the Detroit Tigers during the 1970′s and 1980′s. Who were they?

3. They were responsible for the Broadway musicals “Babes in Arms,” “Pal Joey,” and “On Your Toes.” Who was this wonderful team of composers?

4. He was a squirrel and his friend was a moose. They made kids laugh on TV in the early days and delighted parents (like me) with their offbeat humor. Who were they?

5. Their last names were Elliott and Goulding, but we knew them by their first names. They delighted radio listeners of the 40′s and 50′s with their whimsical humor. By what names did we know them?

6. They made several musicals for MGM in the 30s and 40s, such as “Rose Marie,” and “Naughty Marietta.” Who were they?

For anyone interested in watching the cream of the Bay Area Triviaphiles in action, you are urged to run, not walk, to WPLJ in Walnut Creek on Sunday April 27 from 11AM to 3PM for the annual Kings X Trivia Tournament. You will certainly thank yourself for attending.

 

Raise Wages? Let’s Raise Everything!

What would you think if tomorrow’s lead newspaper headline read: Gas Prices Skyrocket Overnight: Pass the $5 Barrier to $5.25 per Gallon!? As bad as it sounds, as you read more, the news gets worse. A gallon of milk isn’t $3.50 like it was yesterday, it’s now $4.88. And what about your daughter’s planned enrollment to Cal? You’ve been budgeting for tuition of $13,800.00, but today it is announced that you’ll need to come up with quite a bit more–$ 19,300.00 a year!

When the price of a new car that costs $38,000 today jumps to $53,000 overnight, and when a house valued at $800,000 at 9:00 a.m. is worth $1,114,000 at 5:00 p.m., I would say something is horribly wrong in the marketplace. This is exactly the kind of out-of-control economic spiral possible when some in the federal government believe one of their constitutional duties includes tinkering with the free market.

Right now, several marketplace intervention ideas are being proposed by the Obama Administration. The first is a raise in the minimum wage, from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. If the prices hikes mentioned above seem incredible, then the one in wages should as well—they all represent a 39% increase. Other proposed regulations include mandated paid sick, family and parental leave laws.fed

There is nothing within the General Welfare Clause of our constitution that implies the authority or responsibility of our elected representatives to set prices or wages, and all Americans should be concerned when politicians—especially ones with zero business experience—start down this path. Our antennae should be up for their election year game of “We’d Like to Buy Your Vote,” with promises of chickens in every pot, two cars in every garage, and… higher wages—all mandated via government decree!

The fact is, wages are a cost on any business’ income statement, and when wages are arbitrarily forced to rise, business owners will make adjustments in other areas of their budget to account for that rise. They will either raise their prices or cut costs in other areas—like laying people off. In a recent survey by the nation’s largest privately held staffing firm, Express Employment Professionals, 65% of business owners said they would raise prices to adjust for an increase in the minimum wage and 38% said they will cut their workforce. In other words we’ll all pay more for goods and services and unemployment will rise.

Those who support government mandated wage hikes argue that it stimulates the economy by giving consumers more money to spend. By that logic, why then only raise it to $10 per hour? Wouldn’t a minimum wage of $20, $40 or even $150 per hour be even better? As the level of these spurious wages rises, so too the flaw in the logic supporting them becomes more obvious.

The real value of goods, services and labor are most accurately determined by the marketplace. Prices and wages are inextricably linked and should reflect a legitimate relationship between market-driven forces of supply and demand.

Whenever the government imposes changes on one part of the market, the rest of the market will react in kind.