posted on Jul, 24 2008 @ 04:52 PM
I didn't see anyone mention this, maybe someone did, but there are VERY FEW PEOPLE in the United States who make minimum wage. Most of them are
young, and the statistics suggest they are not using it to support a family (have no kids, live with parents, minors, etc.).
I worked retail for 5 years before and after graduating high school. I made $6.50 an hour on my first retail job when I was 16, over $1 over minimum
wage. Without any experience, and without a high school diploma. By the time I ended my retail career, I was making $10 an hour, with only a high
school diploma (before I graduated college). No one is going to tell me they can only work minimum wage jobs.
The economics on this is very clear: raising minimum wage raises the costs for everything, so those who get paid minimum wage experience a cost of
living equal to or greater than what they were paid previously - so they gain nothing. The only way to raise their rates would be to eliminate minimum
wage, but we live in too much of a nanny state for that ever to happen.