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Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?

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  • -1 +26 -27 Amelia Jun. 12, 2016
    "The minimum wage should be raised. By raising the minimum wages, there is less of a chance that poverty will spread, and will diminish greatly"
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    • +3 +3 0 Jace Feb. 17, 2017
      "There is actually more of a chance that poverty will spread when you use the minimum wage."
    • +2 +3 -1 someone who is lit Jan. 23, 2017
      "i dont like trump"
  • -2 +21 -23 Lol Jul. 20, 2016
    "With all the inflation the minimum wage need to be raised to keep up with the inflation. If we don't were going to have a depression"
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    • 0 0 0 Jace Mar. 6, 2017
      "We don't need to keep up with inflation, inflation needs to be stopped. That is very simple. Just stop printing money."

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  • +17 +24 -7 Taxed Enough Nov. 15, 2016
    "The pro/con doesn't take into consideration the cost to the employer:
    $15 an hour with benefits (insurances, etc.) and all the government mandated expenses (SS, Medicare, unemployment insurance, workers comp, etc.) will cost the employer for actual hours worked (after vacation, sick leave, holidays, etc.) about $24 per hour. $49,000 a year for 11 months work on an entry level job is excessive and not many employers can afford that, especially after you add in another $4200 the employer will have to pay to cover the job when the employee is out on vacation, sick leave, etc. That brings the total cost to the employer for the $15 an hour job to $53,000 a year."
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  • +13 +18 -5 James Ashby Nov. 21, 2016
    ""a certain propensity in human nature ... the propensity to truck, barter, and exchange one thing for another... Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog." - Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

    Suppression of fair and deliberate exchanges is all in vain. Price controls can't be cured with price controls. The 1913 Federal Reserve Act's suppression of fair and deliberate exchanges by sabotaging the gold standard and trying to overturn the dictionary with "elastic currency" can't be cured with minimum wage laws or any other price controls. People decide what a standard of value is worth, not how much there is, not how much suppression of fair and deliberate exchanges there should be. Every citizen is entitled to know exactly what a dollar is, the 1913 Federal Reserve Act should be repealed, along with all the other price control schemes such as minimum wage laws which not knowing exactly what a dollar is has fostered. Fair and deliberate exchanges means private property, safety of private property is the long-neglected job the Information Age is relentlessly pressuring the United States government to start performing."
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    • +2 +2 0 Jace Mar. 6, 2017
      "Excellent response. Pardon my stupid ones, I was only fourteen then. Now I have reached the ripe old age of fifteen, and am less dumb."
  • +7 +21 -14 Trinity Oct. 25, 2016
    "I strongly disagree with the government increasing minimum wage. I disagree because if the government raises the minimum wage, then companies would lose more money. When they pay employees more money for their work, the company loses money for what they are making, selling, or doing. The employees would then make more money, and the owner of the company would just lose money and the company may close down due to money loss. If the government raises the minimum wage, then our country would also lose money for our companies, and foundations for the government. I overall disagree with raising the minimum wage."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Aura Oct. 31, 2016
      "I, personally, believe that you do have a point, but think about where that money goes - Right back in to the companies. This would allow those on the bottom to rise more easily."
    • 0 0 0 Alyssa Mar. 22, 2017
      "Most of the time, workers making minimum wage are working for large corporations, like McDonalds or Wal-Mart. The owners of those companies can afford to lose some money because they are bringing in so much of it that they are practically rolling in it. Sure, they lose a small portion of their massive paycheck, but the payoff is worth it for those who are at the bottom of the economic ladder. If the minimum wage is raised to $15 an hour, making ends meet might be just a little bit easier for that McDonald's worker at the drive-thru window taking your very complex order."
  • +4 +5 -1 Arya K. Feb. 23, 2017
    "This would destroy many small businesses in many states. My own father is a CEO of a small business and he pays his employees minimum wage. If the minimum wage is doubled as many people want, His business could go bankrupt. My dad is not the only one who would get hit. There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US and over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) work in a small business. Small businesses have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1995. If the minimum wage is increased almost 63% of these businesses would go bankrupt therefore many jobs would be lost."
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  • 0 0 0 NoHigherMinimumWage Mar. 26, 2017
    "I have two arguements:

    1. If minimum wage is raised it will greatly hurt businesses, thus hurting the employee.
    If minimum wage is raised businesses with low-entry jobs won't make as much profit.
    To compensate they'll have one of two options:
    1. Raise the price of goods/services.
    2. Hire less employees.
    If they raise the price of the goods/services less people will buy from their business.
    If they hire less employees they won't have as much goods/services to provide to consumers.

    2. The Living Wage is decided by the people, not the businesses.
    While the minimum wage is decided by the government, people decide what salary they're willing to work on.
    If you don't want to work for $7.25, don't work for $7.25.
    If the company isn't getting enough workers, with their $7.25 salary, they'll raise the salary of employees to get more employees.
    They'll continue raising until they find a balance between getting enough employees and making a substantial profit for the business.
    Also in many places housing is cheap enough so that $7.25 is a livable wage, while in some places it isn't, so while a higher minimum wage could hurt the economy of places like this."
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  • 0 +1 -1 : ) Mar. 7, 2017
    "We are already taxed enough. We don't need anymore"
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  • 0 +2 -2 How2101 Feb. 24, 2017
    "This wouldn't work for one reason: If I was a supposed typical evil, greedy, selfish republican billionaire who owns a massive company, (which this act is aimed at) would you seriously think I'd just sit there and pay my employees more money? No!!! I'd find ways to cut costs, fire staff (starting with those who protested) and cut any corners possible to ensure I'd still be getting the exact same profit as before. If I was a small business owner, I'd go out of business. This doesn't help the poor at all, if anything it hurts them."
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  • -9 +17 -26 Jace May. 31, 2016
    "The minimum wage is a law and every law is accompanied with a threat. Threatening someone is wrong unless the action being threatened against is an attack. Comment me if you disagree, but give an explanation."
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  • -14 +13 -27 Jace Jun. 1, 2016
    "The minimum wage either gets in the way of personal choice or does nothing. Now I will explain why getting in the way of personal choice is wrong.

    Without choice, nothing can either be right or wrong, we are not alive, and nothing matters."
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    • +1 +1 0 Jace Feb. 16, 2017
      "i think that Jace is correct because if they have too much or a lot of money then they would take advantage of it and want more and more"