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Say “NO” to $15 Minimum Wage!

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Okay, I said I would be sparse, but had a few minutes and something showed its ugly head and I had to speak.

Do remember 2 things:  This is an opinion, my opinion.  We all have one.  This is my space to write about mine.

Secondly, I would love to hear your opinions.  But, if it’s nasty, or otherwise troll-like, then I will delete it.  You don’t have to agree, but be nice(r). If everyone agreed with me, then this would not need printing, so I know it will be opposed by many.  Just take the time to read it first!

I have to say this one more time. I just finished reading another article saying why minimum wage should be raised to $15/hr. Now, don’t hate me, but I disagree. Here’s why:
If you raise MW to $15/hr, then they make about $31,000 per year. I understand that the companies would not have to raise their stuffs very much, however, they would raise it some. That, for one, makes my money worth less in buying power.

Secondly. and more importantly, you are gonna raise MW up about $7/hr, but a beginning teacher in IN starts at under $30K/yr. So what you are telling me is that a MW employee flipping burgers should be making more than a 4-yr licensed teacher? Or any of a dozen other professions that take years to go to college.

My disability won’t go up $7/hr. Ok, so should we raise them all up $7/hr? Now, you have defeated your purpose because NOW ALL the stores will have to raise their prices because all the other businesses have to raise theirs.

This doesn’t work. I am not sure what the answer is, other than MW was NEVER intended to provide the same living standard as professional occupations. What you will get is nearly EVERYONE dropping out of college to go for MW jobs that pay so much. Now, we have a shortage in the other areas and recession gets worse, companies close, and all those new MW jobs (and a lot of old ones) will be gone. Doesn’t solve the problem for more than a very short time.

I am all for people making more money.  Legally and ethically is usually all I ask.  But, when something would so obviously hurt others and the economy and not really solve the problem (I know you think making more would, but we need to look at other options), I have to say something.

Again, I know this will not win me kudos with many people, but the arguments make sense.  I have looked and looked at them.  This will be a bad thing if it goes national.

Repost this if you think it has merit.

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Namaste,

Scott

It Won’t Solve it, but it’s Worse than That!

Originally, I read the article below and thought to just publish it with a comment about how I was right.  If minimum wage at fast food places went up to $15 an hour, the menus would be so pricey we might stop going.  Yep, that was the goings on of my argument from the first installment of fast food problem solutions.  Granted, that one is tongue in cheek.

Now, this one is serious and it is talking about the problem of raising minimum wage to $15.  Now, I found something new to pick on here, but let’s look at a couple of ideas before you read:

1)  $15 / hr minimum wage will rip too deeply into the pockets of the restaurants, the customers, and the stock holders.  All three of these will suffer, the last two because the only recourse the restaurants will have is to either lay off employees or raise prices.  Now, that’s bad, but here is collateral damage.  If you are working a $15 an hour job right now, you should be fairly happy with yourself.  You are being paid a decent salary and doing more than the minimum wage guys.  What happens when it goes up?  You are, certainly, not going to get an $7 an hour raise to compensate.  Nope, now you are working just as hard as before, but only making minimum wage.  That’s going to make things frustrating and I predict that a lot of people will find minimum wage jobs where they don’t have to do so much to earn the money.  Just an opinion.

Okay, now lets get back to your assignment – 4 minutes of reading:

What happens at $15 is only the beginning…

Done?  Well, to see my next point we have to go back to the “comments” section because that’s where my story takes place.  The quoted sections below are from the article you just read:

“disqus_C67ZJ9pNj6

If you are an adult and are still flipping burgers, maybe you should reevaluate your career choices. These jobs were never intended to be a life long career, they are entry level jobs.”

There is always one, in my opinion; there is always someone who has to pick and call the person – slow or ignorant or something (inferred).

“druid0621 James Reed

Not everyone can be successful. Low wages should be an incentive to get an education or skills – and then a better job.”

“James Reed druid0621

Honestly, you and the 64 people who thumbed you up, you have no idea how the world actually works. Some people don’t have the opportunity to just ‘get more skills” then magically, poof! a better job comes around!

I know many people who went to school to “get more skills” where are they? Working a 10 dollar per hour job.”

Ah, the voices of reason.  They say it just as it needs to be said.  Not everyone can do this.  Great if you can, but don’t down the other 90% who can’t get the job.

I won’t go into the comments any more, but YOU SHOULD.  You should read the next 10 or 20 and see how bad these people bash others who are in a position where they are having financial difficulties.  It is cruel and heartless.  I know there are people out there who waste their lives whining about things they could do something about.  Sure there are.  But there are also those who are in this position or that position because they are trying or have tried for so long to get it to work and haven’t been able to.  Yes, I believe anyone can use intention and the abilities of our mind to change their surroundings, but not everyone understands, and not everyone has the fortitude to push through without some major help.

What makes me burn is not so much that I agree or disagree with any of it.  It makes me upset that people seem to have no more compassion, in general, than to kick someone when they are down.  If you pressed through, bucked up, and are now making good money at a good job, how wonderful for you.  But, we can’t all have those jobs; there aren’t enough of them.  If everyone had those jobs, then there would be no fast foods and no low-level entry work to do except for a very short time by people on the move and our society doesn’t work like that.

Just have a heart!

What do you think? (the article had over 800 comments!)

Namaste,

Scott

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