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Old November 19th, 2013, 05:59 PM   #31
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Islamofascism...the denigration of Christianity...and, most of all, Obama is the current President.

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The minimum wage is a pretty big issue I think.
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The minimum wage is a pretty big issue I think.
There should be no MINIMUM wage.. if we allowed the market to set the wages we would not have to worry about minimums.

remember only about 5% of the employees make minimum wage today.

the only peopel that do are usually Teens and entry level workers and by 3 months they are making a greater wage.
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There should be no MINIMUM wage.. if we allowed the market to set the wages we would not have to worry about minimums.
How good were wages of the average worker before minimum wage laws?

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remember only about 5% of the employees make minimum wage today.

the only peopel that do are usually Teens and entry level workers and by 3 months they are making a greater wage.
None of that is a good excuse for a lousy minimum wage, and a lot of those people that are making above the minimal aren't earning much more. A $7.25 national minimum is atrociously low, especially given he fact if we indexed the minimum wage to inflation when we started, it'd be worth about $10.50 today. The minimum wage is actually valued below what it used to be!

If I were king, we'd start it at $10.50 and adjust it for inflation as necessary in the future, and of course give states leeway to raise further or not as they please like we do now.
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How good were wages of the average worker before minimum wage laws?



None of that is a good excuse for a lousy minimum wage, and a lot of those people that are making above the minimal aren't earning much more. A $7.25 national minimum is atrociously low, especially given he fact if we indexed the minimum wage to inflation when we started, it'd be worth about $10.50 today. The minimum wage is actually valued below what it used to be!

If I were king, we'd start it at $10.50 and adjust it for inflation as necessary in the future, and of course give states leeway to raise further or not as they please like we do now.
In economics, demand curves slope downwards when something is too high.
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In economics, demand curves slope downwards when something is too high.
And when something is too low, demands curves slope upwards, such as the demand for a realistic minimum wage. Support for a $9 minimum wage is pretty damn high right about now, and since it has been pointed out that only 5% make today's minimum, they sure do have a lot of sympathizers.

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How good were wages of the average worker before minimum wage laws?



None of that is a good excuse for a lousy minimum wage, and a lot of those people that are making above the minimal aren't earning much more. A $7.25 national minimum is atrociously low, especially given he fact if we indexed the minimum wage to inflation when we started, it'd be worth about $10.50 today. The minimum wage is actually valued below what it used to be!

If I were king, we'd start it at $10.50 and adjust it for inflation as necessary in the future, and of course give states leeway to raise further or not as they please like we do now.
Minimum wage is an entry level wage.. if you do good work and preform well you don't make minimum wage.

The reason why minimum wage lags behind is because Unions chose to tie there wages to the minimum wage

if there is a minimum wage increase of 10% that is 75 Cents for the poor worker,, but a ~$2.30 cent increase for the union worker.


minimum wage was not created to help the poor it was a way Politicians could reward unions when they licked the politicians boots.
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That group represents 4.7% of the nation’s 75.3 million hourly-paid workers and 2.8% of all workers. In 1979, when the BLS began regularly studying minimum-wage workers, they represented 13.4% of hourly workers and 7.9% of all wage and salary workers. (Bear in mind that the 3.55 million figure doesn’t include salaried workers. But BLS says relatively few salaried workers are paid at what would translate into below-minimum hourly rates. Also, 19 states besides the District have minimum wages higher than the federal standard; people who’d be minimum-wage workers in those states aren’t included in the 3.55 million total.)


Who makes minimum wage? | Pew Research Center

People at or below the federal minimum are:

Disproportionately young: 50.6% are ages 16 to 24; 24% are teenagers (ages 16 to 19).
Mostly (78%) white; fully half are white women.
Largely part-time workers (64% of the total).
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