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Hike the Minimum Wage!

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TBSchemer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Barack Obama wants to hike the US Federal minimum wage to $9/hour. Well why not $10? Or $20? Does he not care about the lower class enough to give them a living wage? A higher minimum wage is always better, right? So why not just hike it to $1000/hour?

But seriously, why is $9 a better minimum wage than $8 and better than $10?
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TempusNexus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Minimum wage doesn't change often. It usually goes years before being raised. The current minimum wage is, I believe, the longest-lasting level in decades. Unfortunutely, that is the Nominal wage. The Real wage, or real purchasing power of the money, is far less. Because inflation has been running continuously, one dollar now can't buy the same things it used to be able to. So minimum wage should be raised in order to match the level of inflation.
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TBSchemer Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
You're wrong. The minimum wage was raised from $5.15 to $7.25 by Barack Obama in 2009.

And yet, you're using the exact same argument he used then. So, because the minimum wage was hiked by over 40% just 4 year ago, are you going to admit that there's no need to hike it again anytime soon?
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TempusNexus Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. Minimum wage should be fixed to inflation, so that it doesn't need to be voted on every few years. If it rises at an equal rate with inflation, we wouldn't have to argue whether to raise it or not. It would remain at a Real value that would be appropriate for the current economy.
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wquon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
i like where your head is at
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BeeSull Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Eh, which is scenario is really worse though?

Scenario #1:

I am able to choose whether or not I buy a burger from McDonald's and pay more for it. I could also decide to go to a grocery store like Costco, which already pays above the minimum wage, and pay what I always have paid for a meal.

or

Scenario #2:

I am forced to pay higher taxes in order to provide public services to McDonald's employees and their families. Although I never eat there, I am forced to subsidize their business by keeping their workers healthy.
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TBSchemer Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
How about we get to choose what we buy, and McDonald's gets to choose what they pay their employees?
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BeeSull Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
That sounds great, except when McDonald's chooses to pay their employees next to nothing we get stuck paying for it. We end up paying for their subsidized housing, we end up paying for their kids free lunch program, and we end up paying for their health care out of our tax dollars.

McDonald's should have to pay it's employees a wage that they can live on, not one that qualifies them for public assistance. I'm sick of government "handouts" being given to people who WORK. It is not the government's job to make sure that McDonald's employees are cared for so that they can continue to work, it's McDonald's responsibility. I don't want to pay for it.

Where I work, my employer takes care of me. My employer provides me with sick time, vacation time, with health insurance, a health hotline, and even a daily exercise class. You know what? My employer still makes billions of dollars every year, people still buy their products, and I don't have to beg the government for a handout. McDonald's can afford it. That is how it should be. It is an employer's responsibility to make sure that if you show up and do your job that you can live an alright life. We should not allow billion dollar companies to run their business like Ebeneezer Scrooge, with us footing the bill to keep little Tim Cratchit fed!

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P.S. I am just using McDonald's as a random example. I actually have no idea what they pay or how they take care of their employees, so maybe a better example would be Wallmart.
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Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well said. The times are changing and employers need to suck it up and roll with the punches as the employees have been since the fall of the economy.

Jobs like McDonald's and Wendy's are no longer just stepping stones for teens to get in the work force. We have adults trying to supplement their income with these jobs.
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BeeSull Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Thank you! I agree 100% with you! It's not just kids working at McDonald's or Wendy's anymore.

It's really bad business for them to treat their employees so poorly too. I used to occasionally drive through the McDonald's by where I live from time to time. I'll admit I liked the "chicken" nuggets. Now I don't ever go there. I haven't been there since the sad, toothless, elderly man started working there. It's just too freaking sad. If he is working, why can't he have teeth? It bothers me to no end to think about it! I would always try to be very polite to him when I drove through, but I didn't want to be too polite, because then he would think that I just felt sorry for him. In the end the angst was just to much, I avoid McDonald's now. I'll come back when that guy has teeth. LOL.
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Karinta Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, this is an excellent post.
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