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Minimum Wage, Maximum Foolishness

Source? And how many workers?
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 1:08 PM
It didn't "escape my notice" because IT IS FACTUALLY WRONG. The standard of living for the middle class is substantially higher than it was in the 1950s and even the 1970s (figures easily checked from the US Census Bureau). In exchange for the choice to have dual incomes, the middle class has substantially more living space/quality housing, more disposable assets, more cars and a higher standard of living (even econignoramus Elizabeth Warren concedes this). And, in fact, many (though nowhere near a majority) DO choose to live with a single income and STILL maintain a living standard higher than that of the 50s or 70s.

I don't NEED to make things up. I am fully versed with the easily verified data.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 12:41 PM
I am not responsible for your non-existent research skills. There are countless studies available on the minimum wage (and its disastrous effects) that will not fit here but can easily be found with a Google search. If you can't find, that's just further indication of your weakness.

That most mommy's have chosen a higher standard of living than would allow them to stay home is demonstrably their choice. As for kids working, it has been well over a century since children were a significant part of the workforce (thanks to capitalism - see Census data) and those that do work today overwhelmingly do so for their own benefit - not to support the household.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 12:25 PM
The source is Bureau of Labor Statistics data. How many workers would be the tiny fraction of the workforce that actaully earns the legal minimum.

Should the federal government make life more difficult for low-skilled workers?

I hope everyone will emphatically say “NO!”

Heck, most people understandably will think you’re crazy for even asking such a preposterous question.

But some of those people will also think that it’s a good idea for politicians in Washington to make low-skilled workers less attractive to employers by raising the minimum wage.

I often ask such people whether they are more likely to buy a Big Mac if McDonald’s raises the price by 24 percent. They say they are less likely.

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