This article is about the recent demand to raise Min wage. On paper it sounds good but upon closer look you may change your mind. As the picture states workers are saying they cannot live on min wage. Of course this is true but again its not what it appears. Sadly our Government will twist this issues to fuel their own party goals. Lets look at some talking points I want to make taking no side with any party claim. The opinions expressed in this write up are mine and mine alone they do not reflect the opinion of ParentNook its forum or members. Those people can speak for themselves.
Min wage jobs are essentially for teens or those just entering the job market. It was NEVER meant to be a “living wage”. It could also be for those who may not have a good education or have a skill. However with our economy in the state it has been in (Thank you Mr. President) skilled and educated job seekers are now applying for these jobs. The higher paying jobs are few and so the skilled and educated are now working at min wage jobs. Now someone who made lets say $60,000.00 a year is now working for half as much or less. Of course he/she cannot feed a family on this. However these jobs were never suppose to be used to raise a family or provide a living wage. Now you may see a family with one or more members with two min wage jobs to keep food on the table. Yes people need work and yes these wages suck. However there is more to this. If adults who otherwise would have higher paying jobs are working min wage jobs where are the teens working? Answer they are not! They don’t show up on any unemployment stat because they have not worked or filed an unemployment claim so there is no stat to report. Our Government (both parties) use this false info for their own gain. If 2000 went to work at min wage jobs our Government reports unemployment has gone down. Why because people got jobs. What they don’t say is that the person who had a $60,000.00 a year job is now working for half that. It wont pay the bills but our Government claims they created jobs and reduce unemployment. This “false positive” is meant to show you they are doing their job and deserve your vote. Now with Mom and Dad working min wage jobs the teens remain unemployed which never gets reported. Now lets look at what happens if you raise Min wage like the protestors request.
If you raise min wage there are reactions several in fact. If you raise min wage the employer loses some profit. Deep pockets or not they are entitled to their profits. They will want to keep these profits and no one can or should blame them. What happened when Obamacare took effect? Employers could not afford Health care for all so they reduced hours so employees did not work the required hours for them to be forced to provide Health care. The employee who was working 30+ hours a week is now working less than 25! Same thing will happen again if Min wage is raised. Employers will decrease staff and staff hours. They have no other options. A small or private business will be hurt even more! Can this small or private business owner survive? Maybe not! How did this help? It doesn’t stop there your favorite burger meal now priced around $6.00 could go up to $7.00 or $8.00 to make up the additional cost of paying staff more. Who was helped here? Now our cost to buy almost anything will go up. If so there was no gain as even the new wage would not be a “living wage”. So we have unemployed teens who are not learning about working world, we have reduced staff and hours and the raise does not good so what do we have? Simple we have Government duping the American people to keep their jobs in office. No my friends raising min wage more than the traditional 3% to 5% will not solve any money woes or our job or economy issues. If Government wants to help then perhaps free or greatly reduced Higher education cost would do the trick! Germany does this I believe. Since any fair to decent job now almost demands a College education make Higher learning more accessible to all. Then the min wage jobs can go back to the teens so they can learn about working world and handling their own finances. Any drastic increase in min wage will hurt us more than help. Don’t be the Governments dupe!
McDonalds has taken a counter action to avoid paying the higher wages and be forced to pass cost on to consumers. They have installed in some locations a machine that lets you punch in your order thus removing the cashier from this function. This would reduce staffing and lower costs. Mc Donald’s has looked into this after Liberals made HARD PUSH to drastically raise min wage. Example a CA min wage worker currently (After Jan 2014) makes $9.00 an hour with another dollar increase to come in 2015 to $15.00 an hour right away! Just how does any business but especially small business (mom and Pop shops) survive paying nearly double what they do now?