BY ALLEN WEST FOR TOWNHALL:
We are starting to get into the 2016 election cycle already – after all, the 24 hour news cycle has to have something upon which to pontificate. Recent polls show that the top two issues concerning Americans are the economy/jobs and terrorism – which I classify as foreign policy/national security. However, in the world of political gimmickry the prevailing issue that liberal progressives wish to focus on is income equality. Their emphasis cannot be on the issue of record and concern for the American people. No, it must be on a made up, politicized false narrative of a grievance that serves to manipulate the populace purely for political gain.
This past weekend I was watching some of the NBA playoffs – especially since my hometown Atlanta Hawks have a shot at making it to the Eastern Conference finals. As I was watching the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls game it hit me – what is the real issue of income equality?
Here I was, watching these ten fellas on the court–who are all millionaires–and just laughed, wondering if these are the ones the progressive socialists target with their inane class warfare rhetoric. I mean they are getting paid gross amounts of money to play a game and they get how many months off from work? Okay, some of you are going to tell me that they truly have no off season – they are constantly training. And just how long is a game? I do not think it is comparable to the small business owner who is struggling to make payroll and putting in some 60-70 hours a week, or more.
Now, I looked up the minimum starting salary in the NBA – the last scale I found, which was for the 2011-2012 season, put the starting rate at $490,180. And at 10+ years in the NBA, the minimum salary is $1,399,507. So, if you are able to make the cut and just sit on the bench for 10 years, role playing, you can make a lucrative career and become a millionaire – which I do not begrudge.
Since we just had the NFL draft, I decided to take a look at their minimum salary. The data was a bit more up to date; with no experience in the 2015 season the salary is $435,000, and with 10+ years experience, the salary is $970,000. By 2018 those numbers grow to $480,000 and $1,015,000 respectively.
For Major League Baseball (MLB), the most recent starting salary I found was for 2012: $480,000. Just for historical comparison, the minimum wage in MLB in 1970 was $12K; in 1980 it was $30K; in 1990 it was $100K; and in 2000 it was $200K. The minimum salary for MLB jumped from $200K in the year 2000 to $300K just two years later in 2002.
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