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Minimum Wage

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Updated: February 11, 2014

 

By RU Twisted

 

“Give America a raise!”

That’s what the President said in his State of the Union speech. Cheerfully and to the sound of applause, mind you.

He was referring of course to the desire of some political movers and shakers to raise the current minimum wage by legislative act. Recent polls indicate that the majority of Americans support this very thing and so the President’s comments should come as no surprise.

But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be addressed.

There are several reasons why the minimum wage shouldn’t be raised, many of them requiring essay-length explanations. That’s not how we roll, however; so we give the quick, down, and dirty (much like a lightweight on dollar-drink night).

Short answer: raising the minimum wage is wealth redistribution. There is no way around that. It doesn’t create any more money than already existed—it simply moves it, via government bureaucracy, to another spot.

While that may seem like somewhat of a good idea to a few of you, stop and consider two very important words that we have written and spoken numerous times here:

Earn it.

I don’t care how you try to gussy it up, raising a wage across the board for everyone by fiat in no way relates to individuals earning anything. If a mandate comes down from on high, it is not because certain persons worked harder and more diligently than their fellow human beings. It is simply taking money from one person or business and moving it to another.

Stop and consider the realities of increasing minimum wage for a moment. First, who makes minimum wage? We can start with fast food workers because it is the easiest and most prevalent example.

Let’s imagine that the minimum wage is moved to $10.10 as the President has suggested. Where do those extra dollars come from? Does the CEO and his top staff magically say “oh, well, I guess we have to take a cut in our salaries to pay these workers more…”?

Not only no, but hell no. That’s not the way big businesses work and they never have. Any corporation the size of McDonald’s or Burger King simply offsets the raise in payroll dollars by….wait for it…a slight increase in the price of the product.

This increase is felt by the consumer, of course. The problem being that it is often in small increments, which makes it easier for those in the high-chairs of law to explain that it isn’t really a big deal.

Well, yes it is a big deal because eventually, if the cost of products continue to rise, guess what? Everyone needs to make more money. If everyone needs to make more money, then the “raise” given to minimum wage really doesn’t mean anything. It becomes an arbitrary number (more on this shortly).

Where the real danger comes in with this argument is in how it affects small businesses. Consider Coca Cola. If the minimum wage is raised to $10.10 an hour, they could add $0.03 to every soda they sell and probably cover that extra payroll. The volume of large companies like that makes it very simple to absorb the costs of mandatory increases such as minimum wage.

But what about Mom & Pop Soda—the small business just trying to carve out a niche in their own community? Their relatively small volume means substantially higher increases in product cost. This is seen much more readily by the consumer who can price match cans of soda next to one another before purchasing and leads to the inevitable reduction in sales for the goods that require more of that cash stuff.

This can easily translate into employees of small businesses being laid off due to the inability of the organization to keep up with payroll. The desire to stay afloat as a company often outweighs the need to employ X number of people. This concept applies whether it is a soda company or any number of other industries.

The other irrational portion of raising minimum wage comes in the number itself. The President says $10.10. But why stop there? Why not $12 or $15, as many are suggesting? If a two or three dollar an hour raise is so great for the economy, wouldn’t four, five, or six dollars be that much better?

Of course at this point in a discussion with anyone in favor of raising the minimum wage devolves into name calling whereby the person asking these questions is accused of hating poor people and kicking wounded children for money. It is, for example, nearly impossible to cite facts such as the reality that, in real dollars, today’s minimum wage is well over 80% greater than the original benchmark set when minimum wage was first introduced.

Keep in mind that the number of people who fit into this category is much smaller than you’ve been led to believe. Additionally, the idea that increases by legislation leads to growth in productivity is largely a myth.

What’s the takeaway from all of this? If you remember nothing else, realize that no piece of legislation from the government creates wealth. Legislation can, at best, give a freer marketplace to operate in, but the creation of wealth lies solely within private, for profit industry. Passing laws that make those businesses pay certain amounts of money to their people is, as stated earlier, simply a redistribution of wealth and nothing more. Thomas_Jefferson

In the bigger picture, while the concept may give a quick boost to the economy, the fact is that it will be short lived and ultimately only succeed in doing what our economic policies have been doing for decades—devaluing the dollar. Don’t give in to the temptation to think that an arbitrary raise for the status quo by law will in any way benefit us in the long run. It hasn’t and it won’t.

 

*Author’s disclaimer: Before you get all up in my grill about shilling for “the man” with this post, keep in mind that I most likely make less than you do and I still don’t think it’s a good idea. 

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  1. JoeC

    February 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Amen. I’m not sure if you forgot a few things, or just didn’t have space, but here are some other things people forget.

    1. Minimum wage jobs are not careers, they are jobs. They are there to get someone started, not to sustain life indefinitely. If you want to make more money, you need to get a better job…..but there often are no better jobs out there which brings me to #2….

    2. You are not guaranteed anything. You do not have the right to be rich, to own your own home, to have a new car or anything else. You have to earn those things and some people never will. That is how it has to be or our economy will collapse. The world needs ditch diggers too isn’t just a phrase, it’s the way things are.

    3. You can live on minimum wage. $7/hr works out to about $1000 per month take home. Yes, there are places out there where that won’t even cover rent. But you aren’t guaranteed the ability to live in those places. You can still rent a basic apartment for under $400/month in a lot of places. Add basic bills, food and one or two clothing items now and then and that $1000 is gone, but you can live on it. People have forgotten that cable TV (or any TV for that matter), new cars, cell phones, Jordans and $100 jeans are not necessities of life. You need shelter and food. That’s it. Are you going to raise a family of 4 on minimum wage? No. But that isn’t what minimum wage is for. You are expected to work your way into a better job for that. Or maybe work two jobs. Still can’t afford a family? Don’t have one. Can’t afford birth control? Then you sure as hell can’t afford a kid and you might just have to learn to keep it in your pants. You are not guaranteed happiness.

    • Dustan

      February 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      This isn’t just about minimum wage earners. A minimum wage increase is neccessary to assist those stuck in barely above minimum wage jobs like my mother has been stuck in for over 20 years despite being one of the hardest working people I know. She just made the mistake of getting her education in a male dominated field.

      I’m guaranteed a lot of things. Not the least of these being life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All you idiots who all of the sudden became “Constitutional scholars” out of nowhere seem to forget that the Constitution isn’t the only document that shapes our government. Right now, greedy corporations are denying a large chunk of the population of both liberty and the pursuit of happiness by making them just above slave labor.

      Also, I don’t know what economic utopia you crawled out of but you CANNOT survive in minimum wage without assistance. But when those people need said required assistance, people like you call it “entitlements” and try to portray them as moochers. Nobody is asking for this new stuff you speak of. They just want to be able to surive.

      For a good long time,I made barely above minimum wage as a forklift driver (hardly an unskilled position) because people like you make corporations feel ENTITLED to push nothing more than table scraps to all of their employees.

      • JoeC

        February 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

        Why don’t you enlighten us all on what exactly it means to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? You are alive, you have no argument there. You are free to make decisions of your own, so there is your liberty. You can pursue happiness. What exactly is your argument? Are you pissed because your mother made a decision and has to live with the consequences of that decision? That’s life and that is the first thing guaranteed.

        You can survive on minimum wage. I’ve done it and I know others that have done it. Is it easy? No. Does it mean you have nice things? No. It means your head is somewhat dry, you have a shirt on your back and you aren’t starving to death. Any thing more than that is a luxury.

        I’ve driven a forklift and I still drive one several times per week. It is an unskilled position and you could train a monkey to do it. Just because OSHA requires a training class and a certificate to do it doesn’t make it a skilled position, it just means that too many stupid people have done stupid things on one to leave them on their own. This is a lot of the problem. People in unskilled positions seem to think they are skilled and that they should be compensated the same as a skilled worker.

        • JonT

          February 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm

          Excellent reply, JoeC. The people who think they are entitled to anything except the opportunity to pursue happiness or success are just baffling. Minimum wage jobs are not meant to survive on, they are mainly for teenagers to have spending money, or at worst just something to get your foot in the door of a company, then work hard and move up (emphasis on “work hard”)! I’ve driven forklifts, also…not a skilled job by any stretch of the imagination!

    • Barbara

      February 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Here is another Amen to that. Where do all these entitlements come from? I am a small business owner and if this comes to be your pizza will be 50.00 Why is this so difficult to understand. I agree you have to earn your wage, you have put some effort into your job, this “working” thing is not something new. A lot of small business are starter jobs where you learn how to deal with people and how to give change(god help us) or how you learn to show up and on time. We are raising a whole new world of kids who think they don’t have to work and if they do, they want 17 dollars an hour, start at 10 and stop at 2 with an hour for lunch. Amen. God help all of us if this happenes…put an age limit on it or make it head of household not the 15-16 year olds who change jobs like they change thier girlfriends.

      • John

        February 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        Barbara, JonT, and JoeC – 1

        Dustan – 0

  2. Whitey

    February 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Most minimum-wage jobs are minimum-wage for a reason. They are unskilled or low-skilled positions in which you do a shit job that you shouldn’t want to make a career out of. It’s the job you do to make a little money to get by with on your way to your next job. My first job was a low-skilled minimum-wage job. It taught me how to work my ass off and live within my means. It also motivated me to bust my ass to get a better job with better pay.

    Any untrained monkey can flip burgers at McDonalds, and even the managers there don’t need much skill, because even if that manager can’t organize a fucking desk drawer people will still come in and buy their crappy burgers. There is no reason for the burger-flippers, ditch-diggers, or toilet-scrubbers to be paid more. “Because they should” doesn’t fly. Nobody owes them anything except the salary THEY ALREADY AGREED TO WORK FOR. Sorry, but mopping the floor or stacking stuff on shelves is not worth anywhere close to the salary of the guy who had to be trained for two years to safely operate the $4 million-dollar system that might kill somebody if he screws up.

    As for living within your means, yes, the buying power of the dollar has gone down. But as Mr Twisted pointed out in the article, artificially raising minimum wage only worsens that problem. It drives up operating costs, forces layoffs, increases prices, kills small businesses, and devalues the dollar. When I worked minimum-wage back in the day, my $6.50 per hour gave me some buying power while also growing my savings a little bit. Can the same be said of the increased wage today? No, quite the opposite in fact. This won’t pull anybody out of the hole, it will only sink them deeper.

    As for the big-wigs at the top, you can’t just say “Those greedy bastards have to take a cut!” They and/or their shareholders own the company, thus they have every right to do as they please with their profits. Do you want the government telling you what you have to do with your money? Of course not, it’s your property that you earned. Even Donald Trump worked hard to get where he is. Is he a greedy dick? Yes. Does he have every right to be? Yes.

    A free market relies on competition. When there is no competition, the fat cats will screw everybody, proven fact. When you kill small businesses, you kill competition. Producers will sell their product for the highest price they can get away with. When their competitor sells it cheaper, they drop their price to stay ahead. They cut costs, but sell more. The lower price means your lower wage can buy more of it, so even though the dollar amount is lower, your actual wealth is higher because each of those dollars is worth a lot more. Without competition, you get the opposite. What good is making $10 an hour if the dollar is only worth 15% of its former value?

    Long story short, this is the worst thing we could possibly do.

  3. Brooks125

    February 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

    The minimum wage standard has already priced most of the urban youth completely out of their first job. Raising that would only increase the numbers who don’t have the skills to get on the train in the first place. I have no idea when an unskilled/no responsibility/easily replaced/low expectation job was supposed to support a family of four with no other income. Get the $7.25/hr job when you’re 16, and by the time you’re 16.5 you’ll be worth more than that and can either negotiate a raise, or better yet, get a different job that pays better. Quite frankly, pay would be better overall if they did away with the minimum all together!

    • John

      February 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Thank You! I was going to post basically what you said. The greatest economist on Earth Thomas Sowell proved that minimum wage only hurts the least skilled members of our society. But all Democrats and a frightening number of Republicans believe in, “If it feels good do it.” Nothing feels better than raising the minimum wage so regardless of how many unskilled workers will be devastated with unemployment, the minimum wage will be raised. This issue also ties in to our illegal immigrant problem.

  4. NYJarhead

    February 11, 2014 at 10:31 am

    This is one of the reasons I love you guys. The no BS news reporting. It’s sad the we have to filter through different media outlets in order to try and figure out what the truth is. Keep up the good work.

    Semper Fi

  5. Yeti

    February 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Well said.

    Mini rat-hole…Whenever the topic of money is thrown around within our military community, people often argue Officer vs Enlisted. As an Officer, I thing our junior enlisted should be paid a little more but that argument is the same as minimum wage. The best defense of this is when I was in a recent briefing with the 3-Star Deputy G1. A 1SG asked the question “when will the army cut our “excess” generals? (Valid question). The 3-stars response was great when he said “Certain levels require a certain rank to lead them. For example, I manage over $500 billion so the Army had determined that level of responsibility requires a 3 star leader…with the compensation associated with it”

    That same argument can be applied to minimum wage… a manager/employee at McDonalds has a level or responsibility that equals their pay.

  6. Dan

    February 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I do agree with what is said here but there is a big problem going on in the USA with the price of costs is way to high. Let’s say you have 2 kids and both parents work. Daycare now cost almost 1/4 to 1/2 of the house income. Its getting to a point where it is better to have one parent stay home and live off of programs and the other parent get a low wage job so you don’t go over the price cap on said programs. People will now not pay for health care because they can get on medcaid. Which will put all their health care bills on to the tax payer. Tax that said family is not really paying in the first place and big business is not paying because of loop holes in tax laws and cuts. So the steel worker that make $18hr taxes are going up on his check and small business.

    There was a case in my home state that a casino that was making 200+ million a year that was owned by the state had people that worked in the casino on food stamps. The board of chairmen were driving down the workers wages to make more money for the state and get their 200k a year. The bottom feeder workers ended up bring in a union to force the pay to go up and while they were working to bring a union in the chairmen came down with threats to fire anyone on the spot for talking about a union.

    The problem is that there is more workers and business knows this and uses it to keep wages down to up profits. The cost of living is so high and the middle class is being taxed to almost the breaking point. You can’t afford to go to college or to send your kids. Don’t get me wrong where there is a will there is a way. We are making a wage break in this country and its either your rich or poor and the poor have to go to extremes to get over the gap. I’m all for military service and I served myself but it should not be that a person must join the military and go fight in some shithole to pay for a college degree to get high paying job.

    Somethings got to change or we will have to look at history like what happened USSR. Where the rich were living fat and would have to walk past people starving in the street to get into there mansions.

  7. leftoftheboom

    February 11, 2014 at 11:23 am

    There is a difference between want and need. People do not understand that and create financial problems for themselves.

    • JoeC

      February 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      That is exactly the point I was making. People don’t know the difference or are too stupid with their money. I used to see people all the time at the convenience store bring in their check, but $10 in gas, a carton of cigarettes and the rest went to lotto tickets. Stupid.

  8. Nolan

    February 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Money goes fast no matter how much you make. As a E4, I put away half of my pay every month saved for the real world. With that money I was able to take a year off and do what I wanted to before I entered the civilian workforce. I found that the min wage was great for the necessities and that was about it. Now every pay raise I get makes things easier and easier. It just gives me a motivation to improve my position. Always advancing, never retreating from my position.

  9. Jason Nida

    February 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I completely agree with you. Unfortunately the rest of the country doesn’t because they don’t care about the person to their right and left. All they were thinking about when the so called ‘president’ said that is “I’m gonna make more money? Sweet!!”… This nation is no longer run by people. It is now run by a bunch of greedy narcissists that don’t give two flying [email protected]#$’s about the country so long as they get a bigger piece of the pie and nobody tries to take their pie away from them. Is it bad that I wish for an apocolyptic event almost everyday?
    – Jason

  10. Tex McFaden

    February 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Consider the fact that the government is not a money maker. It is a money taker and spender. Contract employees getting their new minimum will 1) put them in a new tax bracket and lead them to making less than they were, 2) increase the cost of government contracts 3) lead to increased taxation (by ye ol’ IRS), because ultimately, the government is paying those wages, with taxpayer dollars, directly or indirectly.

    Legislate it for everyone, and now that $10.10 minimum wage-earner is not only in a new tax bracket making less, but is also having to pay at the new, higher tax imposed in order for the government to be able to pay all the government contract workers.

    Basically, the non-government minimum wage earner is going to get shafted six days to Sunday and all year long.

    And Osama bin Obama knew that when he launched his unilateral terrorist attack on America.

    “More money” always sounds awesome to the ignorant, stupid, moronic, uneducated, uninformed or anyone playing ostrich in the sand box.

    The reality has been rather succinctly nailed by RU Twisted, although, I might have added the double twisted-twist, as I have done here. >’-))

  11. Tim McCoy

    February 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    The other issue I didn’t see raised here is the impact on small towns. I live in a town that thrives on tourism, and the only national chains are hotels and gas stations. To raise the minimum wage to $10 or more would probably be the death of my entire town, and many like it all throughout America.

  12. Jeff Coulter

    February 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    One of the first measures in attempting to fight the Great Depression (I don’t know if it was Hoover or Roosevelt) was to raise the minimum wage (same rationale as today) so people would have more money. All it accomplished was forcing businesses to either cut their workforce, thus increasing unemployment, or close their doors altogether, thus reducing GNP even further. Roosevelt was a Socialist just like the current occupant of the White House. There really is nothing new under the sun.

  13. DJ Wood

    February 12, 2014 at 12:13 am

    One other point to consider with minimum wage increasing. In businesses there an increment in pay from entry level to CEO/owner. Lets say a current employee started at minimum wage and after a year or two now makes $10 hr. Is this employee now going to be happy making the same as an entry level guy? He’s gonna expect a raise, and it will go on and on up the chain. Also employers pay a portion of social security, based on income. Raising minimum wage doesn’t just affect the lowest man on the totem pole. The companies will recoup the loss of income through layoffs or raising prices. That helps no one since minimum wage workers will therefore have their raise offset by cost of living increase, theoretically.

  14. James

    February 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    What about corporate profits being higher than they ever have been and wages still being down. I will give you my own anecdotal evidence. I worked for a company we will call, Big G Corp, in this comment. Big G corp is a billion dollar in sales alone in my retail group company. I ran three stores for Big G Corp for over two years making both comp and plan gains. I moved across the country for them even to run some of their stores. I put in 70 hours a week most weeks for them counting on one hand how many days I took off a month. I pulled in a whopping $41,000 for my efforts while company profits were higher than they have ever been. Now before you tell me what I’m doing is low skill, ask RangerUp if it is easy to beat comparable sales and plan consistently.

    Tomorrow I start a new business to business sales job that I believe will produce a bigger return from my efforts. So to tie this comment into this story, I am attempting to earn it. You hear socialism when the preisdent says raise minimum wage, I hear, one percenters it’s time to quit washing your tights.

    I’m not sure government is the answer to stagnant wages, but something has to change. This country is not going to remain civil for much longer if the wealthy keep getting wealthy and the poor, keep getting poorer.

    • JoeC

      February 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Do you think raising minimum wage by nearly 50% would have meant you got a raise? It is more likely it would have gotten you downsized. Did you take your sales numbers to your boss and make a good case for a raise? Rarely will they just give you one just like you wouldn’t just send the electric company an extra 10% just because you got good service from them. You weren’t happy with the situation and exercised your rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness to go somewhere else. That is what drives wages up. When companies can’t keep good employees they have to ask themselves why. Any employee that isn’t getting what they think deserve always has the option to vote with their feet just like you did.

      Another thing to consider: Profits may be up, but what is profit margin at? If you sell 100 widgets and make $10 each on them you profit by $1000. If you sell 500 widgets and only make $3 each you’ve got more profit, but aren’t doing nearly as well.

      • James

        February 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm

        I don’t think raising the minimum wage would have got me downsized. I think it would have brought more dollars into my store. The writer of this article talks about wealth redistribution, but he is .writing on a forum of an online retailer. It’s tax season right now. Wealth redistribution from February to April and it is big dollars for all retailers. I have also never seen a full-time retail employee make minimum wage, only part-timers.

        I will agree with you that peopke need to get moving and promote themselves. I see way too much apathy in people. Take a risk and leave for a new opportunity

  15. leftoftheboom

    February 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    No one is addressing the fact that just putting more money into the system is a recipe for disaster because it will further devalue our currency from what are already historic lows. The reason that minimum wage does not stretch very far is that the value of the dollar, against the currencies of the nations we trade with, is lower so the dollar does not buy as much and the costs of the products go up.

    Paying more on minimum wage is like using a copier to make money because you don’t have much in your wallet. It should be illegal but the government gets to do it anyway. The true answer to fixing the situation is the government spending needs to get under control, we need a balanced budget, we need to pay our debts, and we need to get our credit rating back up. Fix those things and the dollar will gain in value against foreign currency and will start buying more making minimum wage not so bad.

    Add to the fact that the wealthy will just jack up the prices to make sure that they can keep adding to the zeros at the end of their bank account. Politicians are rich people and they work for richer people. They do not work for you or for me.

    I say let the whole thing crash. I plan on sitting back and watching the world burn anyway.

    Layman’s version of history; rich merchant class in England could not break the barrier to the upper crust aristocracy so they created their own brand of rule called democracy.

    Definition of Democracy: where rich merchants can buy government positions to feel powerful and someone new gets to be king every 4 to 8 years.

    • John

      February 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      I like your style!

    • Gunship Load

      February 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Lemme know where you’re gonna wind up at…

      I’ll bring a chair and we can sit in the bed of my red pick up.

      • leftoftheboom

        February 20, 2014 at 11:00 pm

        I hang out with the Phantom Warriors. Come on down when the fun starts. Gunships are great but have you ever seen a tank fire shot? It really will clear the brush.

        • Gunship Load

          February 24, 2014 at 9:22 am

          I personally am a BIG fan of the MICLIC.

          But very little compares with my old fire and manuver days of the Infantry.

  16. TannerK

    February 12, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Minimum wage is not the answer. But greed is still the problem. Raising minimum wage would (as has already been stated) raise costs, and push out small business. However, that does not change the fact that America is seeing a very real and drastic change in wealth redistribution, but its going up not down. The rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. CEO wages have increased roughly 300% since the 70’s while the median household income in this country has barely went from 40,000 a year to 42,000 a year, not even coming close to keeping up with inflation. Google the price of gas, milk, or a car in 1970, and then ask yourself what you pay today. So if raising minimum wage won’t fix the problem, where is the problem coming from? Well three major players have saturated the American work force with unskilled labor and that is the problem. 1. Automation through technology has killed untold amounts of jobs even down to the average secretary. If you have a decent computer these days, it and one semi computer literate (not so skilled) person can probably handle the workload of about 5 (who knows, but I wouldn’t even doubt if the number is much larger) professionally trained accountants. 2. Outsourcing jobs to other countries, wether they be skilled or unskilled, simply saturates the job market with that many more workers who don’t already have a job. 3. Illegal immigrants that compete for your job by under bidding your work. Add those three things together and you get two things, cheaper goods (which nearly no one complains about) and less jobs for people. More people working more jobs, means less people applying for any job; even shit jobs like Mcdonalds. That trend has been hitting our country like a fucking wrecking ball since the 70’s, and it still shows no signs of stopping. The major industry of growth in this country since the late 70’s was and still is overwhelmingly, the service industry. It produces nothing, provides no GDP for which to improve our economy and lessen our debt. It is simply being paid for “service”. That person doesn’t make anything, not even a hamburger. They either take your order and bring it too you, or simply cash you out in the check out line. The only other real sector of growth in this country is in public (government) sector jobs. Again, they may provide a service (such as protection) but we produce nothing of actual value from which to gain against our increasing debt. Production is either being replaced all together by technology, or it is being outsourced overseas. We have less jobs, less people can work, more people need work, the value of their work is driven down. The rich business owners make more money, we get poorer, while at the same time our dollar gets weaker, yet again making us more poor. Something needs to address this. The simple benefit of lowering cost of goods, is only truly benefiting a small number of people. While it is true that raising the minimum wage isn’t going to fix it (def will make it worse), the answer isn’t as simple as go out and earn it, the avenues by which that can be accomplished is getting harder and harder to come by. So the problem is real. The clear answer has yet to be found. I honestly can’t think of anything, other than hoping the benevolence of the upper class will lead them to want to share more of their profit pie, without forcing the little business owners to cut into their already small share. But I know that isn’t going to happen… so now what?

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