Saudi princess Meshael Alayban railroaded in Obama's War on Economic Liberty


Meet Saudi princess Meshael Alayban (pictured). She's just the latest victim of the Obama administration's War on Economic Liberty.

This real-life damsel-in-distress has been charged with "human trafficking" simply for being a job creator [1]. At her condo in Irvine, California, Alayban employed five women as maids, one from Kenya and four from the Philippines. The Kenyan lady sought a unique way to renegotiate the employment contract she had signed: running onto a bus and pretending to be a victim of "human trafficking".

The real victim in this story is Princess Alayban.

The Princess was a true Job Creator, keeping people employed who wouldn't otherwise have a job. It was due to her that the five women were able to experience all that America has to offer. All five were on what amounts to a paid vacation.

Over at HotAir, Ed Morrissey - someone who usually knows better - spouts leftwing talking points about this matter [2]. He claims they were making just around $7 a day. What Ed "forgets" to mention is that all their room and board was taken care of, leaving them more than enough for snacks and other goodies. And, not giving them enough to get themselves into trouble. It's disturbing that Ed presents them working as a bad thing. By putting in long hours, they were learning old fashioned American values of hard work. What would Ed have them do, pull in thousands of dollars a month off welfare? Does Ed Morrissey seriously want even more moochers?

Morrissey also fails to note that by doing domestic work for the Princess, the five ladies - like other immigrant laborers - were freeing the Princess to do truly productive work.

Ed Morrissey claims that the Kenyan maid was earning "just" $1.27 an hour. He fails to note that back in Kenya that's a small fortune. These ladies were earning what would be a King's salary in their home countries, all thanks to the Princess.

Further, the idea that there should be a minimum wage is one favored by statists and other Socialists. As the great Charles Koch said recently in an interview [3], eliminating the minimum wage is how to improve the welfare of the poor:

We want to do a better job of raising up the disadvantaged and the poorest in this country, rather than saying ‘Oh, we’re just fine now.’ We’re not saying that at all. What we’re saying is, we need to analyze all these additional policies, these subsidies, this cronyism, this avalanche of regulations, all these things that are creating a culture of dependency. And like permitting, to start a business, in many cities, to drive a taxicab, to become a hairdresser. Anything that people with limited capital can do to raise themselves up, they keep throwing obstacles in their way. And so we’ve got to clear those out. Or the minimum wage. Or anything that reduces the mobility of labor.

I urge everyone to stand for Economic Liberty and Freedom and support Princess Alayban. I will be organizing an effort by major Tea Party groups to write letters supporting her and opposing the Obama administration's War On Economic Liberty and I urge you to do the same.

Jim Gillespie is a former assistant professor of comparative politics at Arcata Community College, a former web editor of Rational Magazine, and a former Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate. He is currently an insourcing lobbyist for Hitchinson Wampoa Ltd., the Chinese State Educational and Vocational Company, and the Happy Fun Toy Company, Ltd. In the past he has served as an advisor to the Saudi royal family. His thoughts are presented here only for balance, and do not represent the views of Huff And Blow.