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Could a $9 Minimum Wage Reduce Illegal Immigration?
Originally posted by kudegras
I cannot believe the minimum wage in the US is so low, In Australia it is $15.96 although Juniors under 20 years old
are on a sliding scale from this amount to about $6 an hour for a 16 year old.
My daughter worked at Subway during the school holidays for about $9.50 per hour as a casual about 8 hours a week. A little bit of spending money but more about learning the work ethic, she's 17.
For the younger ones still under parental care, I don't mind the low wage as it teaches them a few skills while understanding that by staying at school longer they wont need to again work for $9 an hour.
But for adults it is a disgrace, I am trade qualified and get around $30 per hour which is middling to low as a tradesman here, I think good semi skilled labourer's deserve at least $20 per hour which in Oz they get.
They should get less than me as I have the knowledge and bear the brunt responsibility wise if something goes wrong, but $9 per hour is disgraceful. Anyone paying that amount deserves all they get.
Paying peanuts only gets you monkeys.
In truth, there is only one way to regard a minimum wage law: it is compulsory unemployment, period. The law says: it is illegal, and therefore criminal, for anyone to hire anyone else below the level of X dollars an hour. This means, plainly and simply, that a large number of free and voluntary wage contracts are now outlawed and hence that there will be a large amount of unemployment. Remember that the minimum wage law provides no jobs; it only outlaws them; and outlawed jobs are the inevitable result.