Thursday, February 01, 2007

'Minimum wage' is a farce

To listen to the Democrats whining about the minimum wage you'd think half of America was starving because of those thoughtless uncaring greedy Republicans.

Has anyone ever actually looked into what it is they're talking about?

Did you know that less than 2% of all wage earners earn at or below the minimum wage?

Read the facts at the US Dept. of Labor Statistics page!

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

All the Republicans are saying is, fine let's go ahead and raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25. But we're not going to stick it to the small business owner that is employing these low-paid, mostly unskilled people. We'll cut them a tax break to offset their increased employee costs, because if we don't do that, that small business owner is likely to have to lay some of these people off to cover the increased cost of his employees.

Is that what the Democrats really want? Layoffs, cutbacks and job elimination? I thought they were out there pulling for the little guy!

No, that's obviously not what they're after or else they wouldn't have a problem with this. So what is it?

Why else would they balk at accomplishing the very thing they said they were going to do, raise the minimum wage? The only thing that makes sense to me is that it's all about central control and making Bush and the Republicans look bad so they can gain momentum toward the 2008 elections. Liberals are never out for personal empowerment. They want you to be dependent on them. They want you to believe they are taking care of you, when in fact they are weakening you.

Another factor that makes this such a farce is the fact that, as usual we're talking about the FEDERAL minimum wage, not the actual minimum wage as it applies in reality. Some 29 states have already set their own STATE level for minimum wages and in most cases it's already higher than the federal minimum, up to $7.25 in some states. So the states are already taking care of it at their own level. Why do people think the Federal government has to have its finger in every pie? That no law is good enough unless it's a federal law?

People, the United States Federal government is not the be all end all answer to every problem you have. They cannot solve every issue, fix every problem and wipe every nose. They cannot resolve global warming by legislation (although they're going to try, no doubt) any more than they have eliminated poverty or drugs after trying for 50 years. We've let them get away with screwing with our clocks for almost 90 years, and it has only served to encourage them. It was only a matter of time before they decided they were so powerful they could screw with our climate too.

If you're working for minimum wages for more than a few weeks or at most a few months, then you need to do something about it. Ask for a raise. Change jobs. Improve yourself. Make yourself worth more by being a better employee. If you're there longer than that it's because you're comfortable with it and you don't mind working for $5.15 an hour. In that case, don't gripe about it. Griping about it without doing anything about it is like the old hound dog that was laying there howling, and a passerby asked the old man sitting there why the dog was howling. 'Because he's sitting on a nail', replied the old man. 'Well why doesn't he get off it?', the man asked. 'Doesn't hurt enough yet.'

Larry

Related:
George F. Will - The Right Minimum Wage
John Stossel - Sticking it to Low-Skilled Workers

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