How Much is a "Living Wage?"

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"Living wage" is just another liberal/socialist talking point. No matter what the wages currently paid actually are the living wage will always be higher that what's the going rate at the moment. It's another "dog whistle" designed to rake in as many votes as possible.
The Missouri prez "dog whistling" to his constituents:

Socialism is a scareword they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people. -- Harry S Truman.

 
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"Living wage" is just another liberal/socialist talking point.
In other words, it is a social issue of concern. So what?

No matter what the wages currently paid actually are the living wage will always be higher that what's the going rate at the moment.
How do you arrive at this profound judgment?
Perhaps you think that no one should be paid anything and work should be only for personal satisfaction or emotional enrichment?

It's another "dog whistle" designed to rake in as many votes as possible.
You are opposed to "dog whistles" now.
Do you recognize the "dog whistle" comments that frequently appear in your posts, as the very first line of post #10?
 
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Truman doubled it. Would that be too radical in your opinion?
I'm just asking for a number.

How are you going to advocate for a law that requires a living wage without putting a number to it?

What would the law look like?

Would it just say, "all employers must pay a living wage to all employees," and not give specifics?

That's absurd.

Just answer with a number, please. Don't just say, "no, I didn't say that."
 
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Go for it now!
You're a good sport!

So, how would the law work? Would it just be the existing minimum wage law with the new number?

Do you expect employers will make no other changes except to go into their payroll program and change the wages per hour? Or will they lay off employees, make full time workers part-time and expect the same production, replace workers with automation?
 
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You're a good sport!

So, how would the law work? Would it just be the existing minimum wage law with the new number?

Do you expect employers will make no other changes except to go into their payroll program and change the wages per hour? Or will they lay off employees, make full time workers part-time and expect the same production, replace workers with automation?
As with past increases, just phase it in over 18 months or so.

Regarding employment:

In December 1949, the month before the raise kicked in, the national unemployment rate was 6.6 percent. By December 1950, when the 75-cent minimum had been in place for nearly a year, it had fallen to 4.3 percent. By December 1951, it was 3.1 percent and by December 1952, it was 2.7 percent....

 
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