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The Minimum Wage Mirage

Joe2209 Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 2:03 PM
Increasing the minimum wage does nothing but increase the poverty level...because prices rise to compensate for the rise in wages and thus passed on to consumers thus raising the poverty level.....costs more to maintain the same standard of living....
Unemployment remains high; job growth is sluggish; and millions of Americans have given up hope of ever finding work. So how do creative legislators propose to generate new hiring? Easy: Make it more expensive.

That's right. In Congress and several states, some lawmakers want to increase the legally mandated minimum wage. They think employers should have to pay more for labor. They say it should be illegal to hire people who are willing to work cheap.

This amounts to a stubborn defiance of simple reality. A recession puts strong downward pressure on wages and salaries. A slow recovery has the same effect, only...