More of their paycheck? What fucking paycheck?! The one for $290/week, if they’re working full-time? The one with no benefits? It must be nice to be a smug asshole making enough green to think simply paying less in taxes is a solution to slave wages; because that is what minimum wage is. If it had kept pace with inflation, it would be $21.16/hour. $15/hr. is meeting in the middle. Get a clue.
Having actually worked several minimum wage hours when I was younger, I can honestly say I got paid a fair wage for work I was doing. I of course wanted to earn more so I could spend my money on more stuff, so I worked hard and earned a raise. Despite this, the government always took out about 17% of my weekly earnings without my permission which did limit my spending each pay period.
So, yes, I did understand the solution - I did not want to keep working for minimum wage to receive minimum pay so I worked my way to a higher wage or found new jobs that paid more. Pretty simple concept.
Yeah, I’ve worked minimum wage jobs myself when I was younger - a number of them. I thought the pay was disgraceful for the amount of labor involved. Luckily, I had plenty of opportunities to earn degrees and find better paying jobs myself. I even started my own business and have been successful enough to provide a middle class lifestyle for my family in a country where that is increasingly harder to accomplish. The difference here is that I understand that I am where I am today because of privilege and circumstances not available to everyone in our country. Yes, I’ve worked my ass off to get where I am. I work hard every week as a teacher, and as the owner of a retail business. But I don’t kid myself into thinking my labor is somehow harder than the single mom working at McDonald’s. I’ve been there. Those jobs suck. I also don’t buy into this false narrative that equates wealth with harder work. If anything, I’ve noticed that the more money people earn, the less work they tend to do, because they usually end up getting others to work for them. People in the wealthiest nation on earth should not put in 40 hours a week for a poverty wage and no benefits that in turn require taxpayers to subsidize them, so they can survive. How can you not see that? How have you bought into this fantasy to the point that you think corporations making obscene profits at the expense of their employees and WE the TAXPAYERS are somehow in the right for fucking us all over, while getting you to bash the hardworking people who make their profits possible?
As to your last comment about the minimum wage and inflation - why not? What’s your argument, “fool?” Because not only has minimum wage not kept up with inflation, neither have middle class wages. So, unless you’re in the upper economic echelons, over the past 30 years, you’ve gotten fucked too.
> “I even started my own business and have been successful enough to provide a middle class lifestyle for my family in a country where that is increasingly harder to accomplish.”
> “Yes, I’ve worked my ass off to get where I am.”
> “I also don’t buy into this false narrative that equates wealth with harder work.”
The cognitive dissonance of some progressives must be excruciating.
This entire argument boils down to the lousy myth of “privilege”. “Yes, I worked hard but I luckily had more advantages unlike other people.” Boo hoo. People are all different. They start at different places, they have different skills, different qualities, different personalities, different physical characteristics, different lifestyles, different upbringings, different education, etc. This truth does not permit equal outcomes. Some people will be successful with what they are given and some will not. Some people will rise from poverty into wealth and some will fall from affluence into destitution.
Therefore, you were successful because you chose to be successful. It was not because you were more privileged than somebody else; it was because you worked hard. And everyone has the opportunity to work hard in order to better themselves. So, when you create policies to theoretically “prop someone up” in order to give them an “equal” advantage, you are not doing anything to change this. They are ultimately the arbiters of their own destiny.
Minimum wages helps no one. It is an artificial price floor to distort the market in favor of groups. That’s why the unions originally created it and that’s why they promote it today while also exempting themselves from it. It is because I understand these inconvenient truths that I do not support the minimum wage. And I find it quite sad that a supposed “business owner” would not understand the concept. But then again, what would you expect from someone who’s blog tagline is, “The Revolution will not be televised. This is a treatise against the oligarchy. Fuck the rich. Let’s make America a true democracy.” That’s some edgy teenage socialist lingo right there.
And you clearly did not read that article. Because if you did, you would already know the answer to your question.
I used to clean airplanes for $8.00 an hour. Worked hard and got a raise to $8.44.
There is no way I would’ve ever expected to earn $15 an hour for doing that. You’ve got to be joking. It was a shitty and exhausting job working in the Phoenix heat, but that doesn’t equate to earning more.
Okay quick age check here. I’m 30 and have seen how little the dollar is worth now, 2.15 in 1965 is over 22.50 now, minimum wage is a living wage and until Reaganomics ruined it people weren’t dumb enough to believe the shit your spewing
I hate to break it to you but you are a 30 year-old economic illiterate. The federal minimum wage in 1965 was $1.25 which is $9.38 in 2015 dollars. So, you’re not even close and obviously got your progressive talking points messed up somewhere.
Furthermore, inflation has nothing to do with wage rates. That’s just an economic fallacy to begin with. The progressives just use it anyway to invoke an emotional response from ignorant people that do not understand the math. The same can be said about the meaningless term “living wage.” There is no such thing as a “living wage.” That term is completely subjective and holds absolutely no real value.
Do yourself a favor and forget everything you think you know about the minimum wage or “Reaganomics” and pick up an actual history book or take a basic economics class and educate yourself. Because repeating completely bogus talking points you learned from other idiot progressives online is not helping anyone. Until then, your vote is cancelling out someone else’s that understands the world better than you.