Do you support raising the minimum wage?

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  • commented 2016-10-10 00:51:18 -0700
    Everyone benefits! People have more spendable income to stimulate the economy. It takes people off of the food stamp rolls, thus reducing our country’s financial burden. Increased taxes are generated as people spend more. It is a win/win situation.
  • commented 2016-10-09 23:03:07 -0700
    Raising the minimum wage will only further the increasing cost of living. Some will benefit for a very brief period of time. Many businesses will suffer, or close or simply raise their prices to cover the cost. Where do people imagine the money will come from for increased wages. If you want to make more money you stay somewhere and earn raises, or promotions, you go to school and seek a better paying field. If you want to make more money you earn it.
  • tagged this with Strongly disagree 2016-10-09 23:03:07 -0700
  • commented 2014-10-07 10:36:56 -0700
    John Jacobsen, just a few questions:

    What do you consider eating healthy and can you have food in the house every day on the current minimum wage? What to you consider a decent home and can you buy/rent one on the current minimum wage? Does the current minimum wage support the monthly expenses of that decent home and that healthy food if you have three children or are those making minimum wage expected to forgo having families?

    You’re retirement age, so you’ve lived long enough to know that nothing costs the same as it did when you were a young man or in your thirties. Was gas over $3 a gallon, then? Did it cost you $2200 a month to rent a smallish 3-bedroom condo in Long Beach, CA? Was 20% fat ground beef over $7 per pound? Did beef stew meat cost nearly $6 a pound? Was 2% milk over $4 a gallon? Bread, $3 to $4 a loaf? Eggs, over $3 a dozen? What did your car cost you when you were 35? Nothing is cheaper, now. Everything is more expensive and getting even higher. You can’t compare your noble struggles, from your time, with what people struggling on the minimum wage of today are trying to overcome.

    Have a little compassion. If everyone, everywhere in the U.S., currently working for minimum wage, suddenly stopped and just walked off their jobs for a month, those people who pay them to perform that work, would be amazed at how important and valuable that work, and those employees, actually are and would suddenly become—very quickly. All work that needs to be done, has value. All employees doing that work, have value. All employees working deserve a wage that will keep a roof over their heads and feed themselves and their families—without having to work three jobs.

    Someone having to work three jobs to scrape by, doesn’t say that the employees are industrious and responsible. It says that some employers have never recovered from abolition of slavery and indentured servitude and the good old days when you could make someone do your work and not have to pay them at all.
  • commented 2014-10-05 13:55:46 -0700
    The “professional” welfare recipients will never ever get a job. It’s too much to expect from them that a higher minimum wage would encourage them to go looking for a job.
    I am retired on a fixed income. I would love for Soc. Sec. to pay ME $15 hr!
    Right now my income equals $8.12. If I can live comfortably on $1300 month, then do others need $15 hr to sustain their lives? There were times in my life I worked 2 or 3 job at a time and never complained. Now everyone wants the Government to make sure their lives are comfortable and they keep asking for more and more. And our taxes go up and up to give our hard earned money to almost half the nation in one way or the other.
    Everyone can learn to live ‘cheaper’ and still eat healthy, live healthy, have a descent home and have a smile on their face.
    Raising the minimum wage is NOT going to help our economy. Small businesses across the US [which accounts for over 80% of all business] cannot afford to pay their employees more. They’re either going to raise prices or lay off employees. With the requirements of ObamaCare they will have to pay more for insurance or cut employees hours. Raising the minimum wage is just the first part of trickle down economics.
    This has nothing to do with “the banksters” or Major Corporations.
    BTW, how much of the $15 go to the government? Could it place some families in a higher income bracket?
    Do you want to pay $10 for a McDonalds cheeseburger?
  • tagged this with Strongly disagree 2014-10-05 13:55:46 -0700
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  • commented 2014-09-30 13:27:10 -0700
    If the minimum wage had kept up it would be $23 an hour! Raise it to $15; then reign in the banksters and regulate them before they collapse the world’s economy and the US dollar becomes little more than fancy paper. Corporations have to pay their share. This economy is based on consumption – no jobs, no income – low consumption. Creating ever more debt is not in the nation’s interests. We are not experiencing growth. Indeed, 150+ million Americans cannot provide for themselves regularly without public assistance and increasing debt; that is nearly half the nation.
  • tagged this with Strongly support 2014-09-30 13:27:09 -0700
  • commented 2014-09-29 06:15:55 -0700
    Raising the minimum wage will increase spending in the economy, and decrease government assistance for food stamps, etc. It is a win/win situation.
  • tagged this with Strongly support 2014-09-29 06:15:55 -0700
  • commented 2014-09-23 18:04:31 -0700
    No one should work full-time and not be able to feed their family or put a roof over their head(s). If work has value at all, and someone must perform it, then the person performing it has value, too, and deserves to be paid a living wage. Raise the minimum wage to a living wage.
  • tagged this with Strongly support 2014-09-23 18:04:30 -0700
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