First and foremost minimum wage is not meant to lived on. It is there to keep the non skilled jobs (think food service industry like fast food) from paying 2 bucks an hour. Though to be honest I disagree with minimum wage and think if it was done away with you would see the unemployment rate of teenagers drop dramatically. Paying someone standing at the counter at McDonalds $10 an hour is going to do nothing more than cut the amount of employees hired.
Originally Posted by dbroncos78087
Leaving the poorest among us behind will never be fixed by making employers pay more on the low end. It will be solved when the poorest among us acquire the tools and skills to get jobs that pay better than minimum wage giving those jobs back to the teenagers who are meant to have them. I know there are tons of job training available here in Indianapolis where people can obtain certificates through training at the local community colleges. It is a matter of these people understanding what help is out there for them and taking advantage of it.
Just simply raising the level of minimum wage is a typical short sighted solution the government is famous for. Time after time they cut off their nose just to spite their face and this would be another example of it. There would be a dramatic reduction of minimum wage jobs if this ever came to pass (would be an interesting study to show the correlation between raises of minimum wage and losses of such jobs). Just because the government says pay no less than X amount doesn't automatically give employers a bigger amount of money to spend on payroll. Causing them to lay off employees pushing more work on those that are left.
French writer Alexis de Tocqueville warned about when visiting this fledgling democracy in the early 19th century – that this "American republic will endure until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."