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...
Ok - I only skimmed the comments, so maybe someone has said this (if so, sorry), but all these arguments are too technical. Just use the following: you own a McDonalds. You have 20 workers (keep it simple). You have a family of four and take home $100,000/year. The government raises the minimum wage by 1 dollar an hour. $20/hr (20 workers) x 40/wk x 4 wks/mo x 12mo/yr = $38,400/yr (keep it simple - leave out increased payroll taxes, worker's comp etc...). You now take home $100,000 - $38,400 = $61,600. What would you do? Nearly everyone's first answer is "fire people".
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