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Poll: 71 Percent Support Raising the Minimum Wage

anabanana213 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 1:17 AM
big macs aren't $20 in Australia...
anabanana213 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 1:27 AM
Though I do agree that $15 is too high. Somewhere in the $9-10 range would be more reasonable. Why? Because anyone who is not intellectually disabled (the disabled have special min wage rate) and has completed the requisite 10 years of education can perform labor valuable enough to earn it.

Yes, even if they are "just" slinging hamburgers. I knew an immigrant woman who had only 3 years of formal education and was sadly barely literate, but she could do the work of three people when she worked with me at my first job (Wendy's).
I would say she single handedly brought in $4000/day.

Do you think they paid her more for it? No. Why? Because she couldn't make them.


Serious question: How on earth could anyone oppose a policy that would effectively give low-skilled workers (workers who barely make enough money to feed themselves, let alone a family), higher wages? After all, we live in difficult economic times, and it doesn’t seem wholly unreasonable that individuals working in low-skilled jobs should be entitled to a minimum, universally agreed upon standard of living. And indeed, as you might expect, this isn’t by any means an unpopular idea: According to a recent Gallup poll, almost all the Democrats -- and precisely half the Republicans -- surveyed would vote “for” a proposal...