There are few arguments that will send me into a borderline rage quite like when I come across someone who says we should eliminate the minimum wage. Someone who opposes the minimum wage really is a special kind of stupid.
How’s that bad but sadly true joke go? When someone is paying you minimum wage, what they’re really saying is they would pay you less, but they’re legally prevented from doing so.
Every time a hike in the minimum wage is mentioned we get the same old propaganda from Republicans perpetuating the idea that somehow raising the minimum wage will kill millions of jobs. And every time we raise the minimum wage, it has practically no negative impact on job creation.
The honest truth is most companies pay their employees the least amount possible. If you removed the minimum wage, they’d simply pay them less. And I promise you, prices wouldn’t suddenly go down. Companies want to charge the most possible for their products and services while (usually) paying their employees as little as possible. That “savings” would end up in the pockets of the executives that run these companies.
But, as always, demand creates jobs. Even if you got rid of the minimum wage, a company like Walmart isn’t going to suddenly hire twice as many people unless demand dictated that they needed more employees – which it recently has.
Besides, what’s the point of “creating more jobs” if those jobs don’t pay Americans enough to survive?
It’s always ironic to me that the Republican party simultaneously opposes raising the minimum wage while attacking people who rely on welfare. Considering that there are millions of people in this country who have jobs, yet still rely on welfare, because these jobs pay so poorly.
It’s sort of like how they oppose free access to contraceptives which help prevent unplanned pregnancies. They’ll do this all while opposing abortions which are primarily the result of the lack of contraceptives. They’re literally making one issue worse with their stance on another.
By opposing raising the minimum wage, or opposing the minimum wage altogether, all they’re doing is guaranteeing that more and more Americans will rely on government programs to survive.
Essentially forcing the taxpayers to subsidize the employees of these companies who refuse to pay their workers a living wage.
It’s these people who say, “Let the free market decide” who are the ones that don’t understand the free market did already decide – and that choice led to our government having to create the minimum wage.
See, that’s what these people fail to understand. These laws weren’t created for nothing. Once upon a time we had a country where there was no minimum wage. And when we didn’t have one, a lot of businesses abused the fact that there was no legal minimum wage, paying their employees far below what their market value was worth.
But when someone tells me that they honestly believe we should eliminate the minimum wage, all I really hear is them admitting to me how completely clueless they actually are.
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