After decades of concerted effort to purposely ship good jobs overseas, while simultaneously flooding the country with illegal aliens, people are starting to realize that you can’t live on $7.25 an hour. Funny thing about supply and demand, wages get depressed when you decrease the supply of jobs, while increasing the supply of labor.
Seattle at least is trying to walk the walk to their liberal ideals. There are exclusions to who the new $15 wage applies to, and it will take 3 – 7 years to phase in, but they are at least trying. A training wage for teens kind of makes sense. Washington already has the highest minimum wage at $9.32 an hour.
The conservative hogwash about how the minimum wage is only when people are starting out, or how “no one” stays at that wage, is bull. And every time the wage is attempted to be lifted, conservatives would have you believe the world is going to end if business’s have to pay a living wage. How come the world is never going to end when the CEO of a company gets paid $300 million a year in total compensation? How come that doesn’t hurt the company?
The bottom line which those idiot “right to work” zealots don’t wish to grasp, is that if you damn well work 40 hours a week, you should be able to put food on the table and a roof over your head. And you sure as hell can’t do that at $7.25 an hour.
Plus, as Ron Unz at Higher Wages .org points out, just increasing the minimum wage to $12.00 an hour drops most workers off the welfare rolls. Not to mention the income tax credit. Because what is in reality happening, that the Republicans don’t want to mention, is that we are subsidizing big business by not paying a living wage. You can’t live on $7.25 an hour. Therefore the taxpayer ends up subsidizing the low wage worker with food stamps, subsidized housing, Medicare, WIC and a host of other taxpayer funded welfare subsidies. Let business stand on it’s own two feet. Let them pay the wage. End the wage subsidy.
Which is the other thing, why the Sam hell do we subsidize big business? Why isn’t the free market a good idea for farmers and oil companies? Why can’t they stand on their own two feet? Farmers not only demand direct subsidies, they are the majority of the reason we have illegal immigration, to supply them with low-wage workers, because they refuse to pay a living wage.
Seattle at least has figured out there is a problem. Now the rest of the municipalities around the country need to do the same. Plus, it makes sense to have the wage set locally. The cost of living in LA is not the same as KC.
Now we need to secure the borders. This game of one side getting undocumented Democrats, and the other side getting cheap labor has to stop.