Bravo for Seatlle! At least there’s 1 forward-thinking community left in America.
I posted to a couple similar threads not long ago regarding minimum wage, and my message here is the same. So, out of pure laziness I’ll just
copy/paste parts of it here, with maybe a few minor changes/additions.
My feeling about it goes like this:
It’s obscene. The income disparity in the US has become truly alarming and paints a dismal picture of the times to come. The middle class is nearing
extinction, while the fat cats are thriving and hoarding all the resources. It really amazes me how politicians are able to manipulate the masses and
convince them that voting against their own best interests is in fact in their own best interest. Convoluted and devious, but effective.
Believe it or not, there was a time not all that long ago when a single-income family was possible. America actually had a middle class, and our
standard of living was envied by most of the world. We had a first-class educational system. We did big things and had a real vision for the future.
The American Dream was alive.
From what I’ve read, there’s no consensus amongst economists regarding truly significant effects on the economy by raising the minimum wage. Some
will say that X number of people will lose their jobs. Mostly it would affect low-skill jobs held by young people. Others will say that the increased
demand due to the extra money circulating will tend to offset the job losses because other companies will need to hire more workers to satisfy it.
Then there’s all kinds of research/data that breaks down, and attempts to place a value on, the type of workers being affected by a wage increase.
For instance, does a family of 4 making minimum wage deserve greater consideration than a high school kid flipping burgers part-time after school? In
other words, which is more important? Providing a living wage (above poverty level) to the family of 4 by increasing the minimum wage, or making sure
the kid keeps his part-time job after school at slave rates? And then there are thousands of other studies breaking things down even further.
The experts can argue the finer points ad nauseum, but to my knowledge raising the minimum wage has never caused any great harm to the economy, while
it has improved the standard of living for many. So, my gut feeling is in line with the majority of Americans who think there should be a minimum wage
increase. Of the other developed countries in the world, who also each have a minimum wage, the US ranked down near the bottom of the list for
minimum/median wage in 2012. Our standard of living in the US was once amongst the best in the world, but not anymore.
While many of our “leaders” will preach the evils of a minimum wage, I truly believe they are simply reading the script provided by their
corporate masters, rather than laboring for the good of the nation. Our “leaders” are bought and paid for while the rest of us fight for the
scraps. To me that’s flat unAmerican. Personally, I think 2/3 of the Congress/Senate should be lead from the Capitol in cuffs.
It really bugs me to think that in 2014 people are still working at 1970’s wages. Eventually something’s got to give; this trend is not
sustainable. Unless there’s some significant redistribution of wealth/resources, at some point our economy, and society, will surely collapse.
We need to get big money out of politics and take our country back, if it’s not already too late...
edit on 6/4/2014 by netbound because: (no reason given)