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View Poll Results: Would raising the minimum wage to $15/hr create jobs and revive the economy?
YES. I am all for it seeing how it would benefit everybody 24 20.69%
NO. I am against it because (please elaborate) 83 71.55%
I don't know / don't care 9 7.76%
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:12 PM
 
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The reason I set it at $15 is becuase it would make the employee ineligible for food-stamps. Government should not be subsidizing employers.


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Originally Posted by urbanlife78 View Post
Actually I think it should be about $10/hr. The age of single digit pay should be behind us.

 
Old 02-18-2014, 08:13 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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There are people earning $8/hour who have an higher standard of living than people earning $20/hour precisely because the Cost-of-Living varies that freaking much.

Exactly, that's why it's best left up to states, and why the minimum wage here in WA is $9.32.
 
Old 02-18-2014, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Federal minimum wage pegged at embarrassing $7.25 / hr actually prohibits people from finding gainful employment. How? First of all for many unemployed the prospect of making a minimum wage doesn't offset the cost of commute, lunches and hiring a baby sitter. It's simply does t make any sense to engage in any economic activity if the net gain is marginal. It's makes more sense economically to collect welfare and food stamps than to work for a minimum wage.
Now raising the minimum wage gives additional incentive to all those unemployed and makes it economically sound to hire a babysitter and go to work. Raising the minimum wage also removes many people from good stamp and other social services programs as they would no longer qualify.
Some critics say that raising the minimum wage would eliminate jobs but in the same time somebody HAS to do those simple, often manual jobs that earn the minimum wage. Somebody has to man cash registers and cut lawns no matter how high the minimum wage would go. People making more money would have higher disposable incomes effectively stimulating the economy through spending, thus creating more jobs.
What do you think? Please elaborate
Did you skip economics or fail it? Doubling the minimum wage is not going to create jobs.
 
Old 02-18-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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Your marketable skills are worth peanuts if all that's available are low paying and minimum jobs.
It's not your skills that command high wages but the demand for those skills.


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Who in their right mind does not prepare themselves for life in the real world by developing marketable skills worth more than $7.35/hr when opportunities to do so are all around and need only the slightest bit of self motivation to take advantage of?
 
Old 02-18-2014, 08:15 PM
 
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Originally Posted by It'sAutomatic View Post
Let's compromise: raise the minimum wage and get rid of welfare.
Ah yes, conservative compromise. I'll stop hurting you with poverty if you agree to throw those folks off a cliff.

Nice!

But hey-lets compromise.

Everyone gets 1500 a month cash, pegged to inflation tax free, and we pass a balanced budget amendment that is pegged to taxation rates. Additionally we kill social security, welfare, unemployment, the first 1500/month of all federal, state, county, and city retirements, and the minimum wage. How about it?
 
Old 02-18-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Just answer the question...
An absurd question gets an absurd answer.

[whoever is earning $15/hour should get $30/hour]
 
Old 02-18-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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An absurd question gets an absurd answer.

[whoever is earning $15/hour should get $30/hour]

There are no absurd questions only absurd answers. $15 is a wage that allows people to live instead of working and still having to depend on social programs like food stamps to supplement their wages.
 
Old 02-18-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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Ah yes, conservative compromise. I'll stop hurting you with poverty if you agree to throw those folks off a cliff.

Nice!

But hey-lets compromise.

Everyone gets 1500 a month cash, pegged to inflation tax free, and we pass a balanced budget amendment that is pegged to taxation rates. Additionally we kill social security, welfare, unemployment, the first 1500/month of all federal, state, county, and city retirements, and the minimum wage. How about it?
The math doesn't work.

Here. Find $18,000 per capita of federal spending to move to your idea.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...osal.html?_r=0

Spoiler: you won't, because the numbers don't work. That's the problem with guaranteed income -- you have three types of ideas: conservative versions liberals will never support, liberal versions conservatives will never support, and seemingly mutually agreeable fantasies that break down as soon as you crunch the numbers.
 
Old 02-18-2014, 08:28 PM
 
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What? The economy has been fixed since '09. You need to start listening to these lunatic liberals man.
 
Old 02-18-2014, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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There are no absurd questions only absurd answers. $15 is a wage that allows people to live instead of working and still having to depend on social programs like food stamps to supplement their wages.
This thread is absurd.

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