24 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You a Question – 4/5/18

      • I think it should be something that allows people to make a decent living without having to juggle two or more jobs…unless they’re working multiple jobs to get closer to their goals.

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      • The problem with the whole scenario is that there needs to be a reconfiguration and reallocation of the funds that would support this increase. It’s a systemic and class issue. Seriously speaking, who benefits the most from the recent ‘tax reform’? Who is going to benefit from the possibility of a trade war with China? Many of these things are interconnected and the majority of the fallout is going to affect the group of people who are receiving this minimum wage. How are they really going to benefit from the increase? U.S. industries are going to have to increase their prices to reach their bottom line and in order to remain in business. So to answer your question, I am not okay with an increase in prices; however, reality and experience has taught me that one cannot come without the other. I hope this makes sense…

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      • Yeah, maybe so. But, wouldn’t these trade professions fall into these industries that are going to get hit by the backlash from this potential trade war? Not sure if any industry is immune from it.

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      • Well, most HVAC units are made in the U.S. Bricks are made in the U.S. And if you are a builder, wood is made in the U.S. Most skilled tradespeople work with mostly domestic products.

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  1. It’s not enough for an individual to pay rent, electric, heat their apt, food, and to get to and from work with auto insurance and gas. Therefore it’s not a livable wage. And I’m talking about without the luxuries of going out, or having cable T.V. because a lot of people blame those things, but even with cutting those out. I could not live alone on what I make, and I earn above Minimum wage. So what does that say about our society?

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    • I was in the same place several years ago and had to do some serious introspection about me and what I wanted. I then set a course of action to get educated and become more qualified for better paying occupations. It was hard work and required sacrifice, but I did it.

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  2. It’s too low. But, it’s a quandary. Small businesses may struggle paying someone a decent wage, yet the employees are struggling without making a decent wage. I don’t have a good answer, but I don’t know how people making minimum wage are able to survive, especially in larger cities with outta whack costs of living.

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  3. You can just survive in the UK on the min wage if you are single and either live with your parents or live in a shared house with bills included, if you want your own flat you are out of luck, add children to that mixture, then its really not doable, even with 2 people on min wage.

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  4. In some of our metro areas, even $15/hr is not a living wage for a single person, let alone a parent. I have to wonder whether a business with a business model that depends on paying workers less than a living wage should be allowed to continue. Of course, if the minimum were a living wage, presumably, the market would take care of that problem on way or the other.

    In the end, it comes down to a basic question: Who is the economy for? How someone answers that (if they are being simple, clear and honest, not doing smoke and mirrors) will reveal much of how they see the world.

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      • No, not exactly. I do question whether a business model that depends on paying less than a living wage is ethically sound if that is a deliberate choice and the owner/management could pay more (i.e., the profit margin, though less, would still be sustainable). That strikes me as conscious exploitation. A small business, especially a start up, often needs to ask people to work for a low wage in the hope that success will lead to being able to pay more. Its also worth noting that employees who feel secure in being able to meet their needs and pay their bills tend to be more productive, have less absenteeism, and stay longer.

        The question of who the economy is for is really a political one.


  5. It’s as sonofabeach says there are 2 points of view (ain’t there always) If there wasn’t one and remember once upon a time there wasn’t; employers could pay whatever and you may have to take whatever. At least now there is a minimum, be it too low. But, isn’t it supposed to be a starting point that people can progress from? 45 years ago when I was an apprentice a guy told me that the government wanted everyone to have a great life, more leisure time, better educated, more money. He said the problem with that is we will reach a stage where no one wants to do a meanlingless job for low pay and all it will cause is a disgruntled society hmmm 😀

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  6. It’s a quandary to be sure. My understanding (and it could be misguided) was that minimum wage was initially intended as a starting point for young and uneducated workers. The hope of course, was to spur people to reach higher, work harder and get educated. Unfortunately, I think the cost of living has increased beyond even skilled wages. College, for instance, has become unsustainably expensive as has housing in many metros. If minimum wage rises substantially, other wages (i.e. skilled wages) would have to rise proportionally or a class war could ensue. I don’t have the answers… I just know it’s a complex problem.

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