Earning a living wage is important. Seems to me the only people whining about people earning a living wage are the people that neither need or have ever made so low an income. If these rich crybabies want to pay their help more, why do they need the government to tell them they must? Raising the minimum wage is a bad idea. Always has been.
The Democratic leaders want to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Fine. Why stop there? When I was a child the wage was $1.60 an hour. You could go down to the Burger Chef and have burger ,fries and a drink for about $.75 . For less then $30 you could buy enough groceries to feed a family of 4 for a week or better. Then in ‘74 the wage went to $2.00. That burger meal went up to $1.50. Groceries for that family went up to around $50 . In ‘09 it went to $7.25 and we have that same burger meal at $4.50 to $6 . You can’t leave a grocery store for less than $200. A value meal that cost me a dollar in ‘75 now cost me 6 dollars today. A motel room was $8 a night ,now costs over $50 dollars. Labor rates at your local car dealership was $15 an hour. Now same labor rates are $75 – $100 an hour .
A living wage? When has minimum wage ever helped the economy? When has minimum wage ever meant to be a living wage? Raising the non experienced labor rates will only aggravate inflation. We will end up paying over $10 for a burger and fries to cover the increased overhead these fast food restaurants will have to pay the untrained labor. Seeing how increasing the minimum wage only increases prices everywhere else, how will it help when the extra money earned will only have to be spent to cover the higher prices that will result?