Judging from the frenzy of stories condemning an increase in minimum wage as the death knell of democracy, Art Pope must be in a swivet these days. The John Locke Foundation's Carolina Journal is simply bristling with studies and ruminations about the horrors of government interference in the free markets. No need to go read any of it . . . the stories are all the same. Decent wages for the working poor are bad. More money for Art "the Puppetmaster" Pope is good. Think about that the next time you're tempted to shop at Roses, which is owned by the Puppetmaster. He's not willing to pay his workers a living wage, even though he spends a couple hundred thousand each month pushing his radical rightwing agenda. The guy is become a caricature of himself. Kind of sad in a way.