posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 05:23 AM
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by SearchLightsInc
Stop the presses, we have the worlds best economist here to solve all the problems!
You see, the issue with raising minimum wages is that it fuels inflation, through higher costs as a result of higher pay and also by having more money
in the economy, driving up demand. You won't ever solve this issue by simply "upping the wages", the problem will still be there and in 5 years
time you'll be saying "up the wages" again... It just pushes up the cost of living for everyone, effecting those on low pay the worst.
That's because capitalist society loves inequality. Its a foreign concept to them that someone should be able to work a # job and actually manage to
survive and live decently. If the lowest members of society dont even have a small amount of disposable income, how is business to flourish!? By being
able to sell the absolute essentials to people at inflated prices they're just screwing over everyone else with their greed. If i have to spend half
my wage on rent, a large chunk on food, gas, water, electric, tv licence, council tax etc, how the hell am i to buy anything else!? The system is
broken and you know it. They will always argue that raising wages isnt an option, well tell me Mr. Economist, what is the solution? Just let people
work for nothing?
You know the difference between now and pre-Thatcher? Those "working class" poor didn't have all the luxuries we waste our money on today,
this is why they got by.
Luxuries such as what? Not everyone has sky TV in their house because guess what? People cant afford it! Shocking revelation?
They didn't have mobile phones, cable TV, two cars to run, foreign holidays.
There is no one i know who works for the minimum wage who has Cable, a second car or can afford to go on holiday. What part of the country are you
living in because i might just move there!
The problem with many at the low end of the pay scale is they want these things so they get them, then complain the cost of living is too high,
without it ever occurring to them to try and live within their means and better themselves so they can have it in the future - damn it, they want it
I disagree completely. The working poor is becoming ever larger. You're painting this rosy picture like its all their fault and im utterly shocked
that you're suggesting such a thing while companies like tescos/walmart announce profits that run into their millions while paying their staff an
My sister is a prime example. She is on benefits, her BF works cash in hand, they have their rent/council tax paid and also get al the other
fluff.. They have cable TV, a 50" 3D plasma, a Range rover and drink to excess every night of the week. But they still complain about these benefit
cuts and crying about "how are they going to make ends meet?" - maybe try cutting out the two bottles of wine per night, that's a good start - cut
out the TV sub, get a smaller car? People have to live within their means, but as a society we have got used to the instant gratification that we
simply cannot fathom it.
Your sister and her BF dont represent everyone in the system. They are a small minority. You know yourself there will always be people that do that
kind of stuff because a proper job would not provide them with a proper wage to afford the things they have. Why spend your life working, making
profit for someone else and never seeing any of it for yourself? Makes.No.Sense.
The problem is complex, simply waving a magic wand at it and uttering the phrase "Agracadabra - there is some cash" won't solve anything.
The problem is complex yes, but solving it starts with not being tight. Share the wealth, give people a chance to earn a proper living.