The U.S. Minimum Wage

The U.S. Minimum Wage

A Living Wage is enough to:

-Rent a place to live

-Feed and clothe yourself

-Afford transportation

-Afford healthcare

-All without the help of anyone else

Any business that cannot pay such a wage based on the location’s cost of living shouldn’t be in business. And I’m not even factoring in having any sort of life. If all I was able to do is work, eat, sleep, and repeat every day, I’d rather not be alive. The current U.S. minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Unless you are a teenager living at home, you cannot live off that. Maybe it’s acceptable to have such a minimum wage for people under the age of 18, but not for working adults that are trying to survive. Even $10 an hour in a place like Denver wouldn’t give you the money needed to survive without working more than 40 hours a week or having the help of a roommate or family member. You could probably do it with $15 an hour, but you wouldn’t have much of a life. If fast food businesses (for example) couldn’t make a profit paying that kind of wage then they need to increase the price of their food. It’s as simple as that. If someone doesn’t want to pay the increase for what is arguably not the healthiest food then that is a good thing. You should pay for quality and not be enticed with cheap garbage, no matter what the product is. Cheap goods should probably be made by robots anyway, just like most junk food in factories is made. (For the record, many fast food businesses pay starting wages that are higher than minimum wage, and in some cases higher than specific positions in other industries.)

Any respectable businesses and good employers should value quality over quantity. You get what you pay for, and since the collective business community is not voluntarily making the Federally mandated minimum wage obsolete by paying living wages, the government needs to step in and raise it for them. If they need to put it on a scale to allow lower wages for younger than adult workers, then so be it, but anyone who is an adult with adult responsibilities should have the ability to make a living wage and pay for their lives without the help of others. You simply cannot do that with our ridiculously low minimum wage, no matter what anyone’s twisted perspective and greedy biases tell you. There are people who say that it would put some businesses out of business. Well, if you have to raise prices for your products or services to pay for the increase then that is what you have to do. It would affect all businesses, so you don’t have to worry about competition in that regard. It would still be capitalism, and if what your company is offering is not in demand, then you shouldn’t be in business. All the current minimum wage does is create a slave working class that is ultimately reliant on the government or a drain on society. Ironically most conservatives and business owners don’t like the idea of people living off of others anyway. Just like they don’t want high taxes so people have more money to spend and increase economic growth. They want people to have less taxes but they don’t want people to have higher wages. Go figure. At the end of the day it’s all the same thing: Money. This country runs on it. Taxes actually pay for services society uses. If you aren’t making squat for a living wage, then you don’t have money to contribute to economic growth. You stay poor and risk creating a cycle of disparity generation after generation.