The debate "Minimum wage should NOT be $15" was started by
September 13, 2015, 9:13 pm.
16 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 9 people are on the disagree side.
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It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.
danielfello posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
sloanstar1000 posted 1 argument, PsychDave posted 1 argument, Sosocratese posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.
Zeno, danielfello, AstroSpace, gouthamabi, Ryan, Hellrazor, bigB, athinus and 8 visitors agree.
sloanstar1000, Sosocratese, PsychDave, Neaa, Katana_MC, pajrc1234 and 3 visitors disagree.
The "apply to a better job" argument is an argument that fails to account for the state of the job market. High paying jobs have been on the decline in the US for a while. So saying that an individual should simply get a high paying job shows a lack of understanding of the state of our economy and our job market. Our economy no longer has manufacturing jobs, which were traditionally high paying, low skill jobs. Today, low skill jobs are in the service industry which has a terrible pay scale. So, low skill workers are unable to apply for high paying jobs since they either require additional schooling or simply don't exist anymore.
The minimum wage also hasn't kept up with inflation and so is no longer the equivalent of what it was when it was first implemented.
The best argument for increasing the minimum wage is to save tax payers money. Walmart is one of the leading low wage employers. Their employees receive about 6.2 billion in welfare assistance. Yet Walmart reported a 130 billion dollar profit margin last year. So they are more than capable of paying their employees more money. However, they are choosing to have the tax payers subsidize their employees wages and are profiting from those subsidizations. It makes no sense to keep subsidizing the wages of workers from profitable businesses which don't need it. They are perfectly capable of paying their workers without putting the companies finances into jeopardy.
If I took a job that paid $10 per hour 50 years ago, it would have been a good job. Now it would not be sufficient to survive. Minimum wage must rise with inflation or else it slowly drives more and more people into poverty no matter how hard they work.
sloanstar, if people want more money they can apply for jobs that pay more, rather than accepting jobs that don't
How do you suggest workers be compensated for inflation then? or do you think that people working two or three jobs just to hardly scrape by is feasible?