Led by President Obama, progressives are pushing for a mandate to force businesses to pay entry-level workers $10.10 per hour. But George Leef, commenting about an AEI post, poses this key question — and challenge — for progressives.

Those same progressives often call for increased taxes on things they want to stop, such as smoking, but for some reason can’t understand that the economic laws that will lead to less smoking will also lead to less hiring.

Excellent question, but are progressives listening?