WORDS TO LIVE BY! In case you're wondering why the GOP leadership doesn't spend a lot of time taking advice from libertarian intellectuals, take a gander at William Niskansen's view that "the House Republicans should split off the minimum wage provision from the appropriation bill, allow a separate floor vote on this provision, and demonstrate the absurdity of this proposal by a defeating this measure by a large margin."

Obviously, people disagree on the merits of the minimum wage issue. But nobody can seriously deny that this would be a ridiculous stratagem from the House Republicans to take up. Year after year GOP candidates try as hard as they possibly can to obscure the fact that they want the minimum wage to go down while Democrats want it to go up. And they know what they're doing. Following Niskansen's advice would just make Nancy Pelosi very, very, very happy.

--Matthew Yglesias

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