76% Of Americans For Raising Minimum Wage

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    According to pubs in the ACA debate, we should make all decisions based on national majority polling.

    Therefore, the minimum wage should be raised.
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    I figure that "minimum wage of $40/hr (80k/yr)" would get over 60% in favor, certainly from same sample.
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    Oh yeah, what an awesome way to make policy :crazy:
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    I go to Florida every single year. It is not 60% to 70% more expensive to eat in Seattle then it is there. At least if you compare like to like, i.e. same restaurant, similar size cities.

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    Except it's a statewide minimum wage. So if you want to live somewhere that has the national average for the cost of living, try Spokane, or pretty much any city east of the Cascades. :yes:

    Cost of living of Spokane compared to the national average 1:1.
    Minimum wage in Spokane - $9.19

    http://www.bestplaces.net/cost_of_living/metro/washington/spokane
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    Cost ain't everything
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    You gotta remember--it is NOT the liberal way. They DEMAND a certain level of pay. THEY conveniently fail to understand that the min wage was never intended to be a living wage and support a family. Facts be damned in their feeble little minds, just give em what they demand. They are entitled.

    Market SHOULD determine what a pay rate is---abilities, productiveness, educational level, etc. Everything else besides a mandated law 'should' determine it. But we don't live in a common sense society anymore.
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    "honestly wonder"...yeah, we believe you.
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    78% of Americans also want free porn, too.

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    Don't tell that to Texas, the conservative darling leads the nation in low paying jobs
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    Is there a study that tells what percentage of people are actually earning only the federal minimum wage?

    In my experience, very few businesses actually start anyone at minimum wage anymore.
    For the businesses that do, it's for brand new untrained employees that usually get their first raise in three months.

    Seriously...besides restaurant servers who earn tips, who actually earns only minimum wage anymore?
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    I'm involved with several companies employing over 500 employees and none of them start at minimum wage.
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    The biggest employers of low wage workers is WalMart, Yum! Brands (Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC), and McDonald's. So much bigger than 500 employee companies.

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    By definition, minimum wage workers are entry level positions. McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell would fall into the entry level positions. I worked at McDonald's when I got my first job at minimum wage. Within three months I was making more. Companies with as many employees as you mention have employees at all pay levels. Come to NW Arkansas and you will find many of the original "minimum wage" Wal-Mart worker living in million dollar homes.
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    Right. We need to go back to that common sense society we had 100 years ago, when the market set the wages and hours for children laborers.
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    You can't compare society 100 years ago to now but you know that of course But to move your analogy to today with 24 hour news coverage and instant information available via the internet, people wouldn't support a business that exploited child labor. So yes, the free market would self regulate the labor market.
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    Any time someone points out that we had unfettered, unregulated capitalism 100+ years ago, all the guys who claim that markets are always better off unregulated say 'yeah, but that was 100 years ago...'.

    I'm from rural south Florida, where they locked up migrant farm workers at night. And that wasn't 100 years ago.
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    Wal-mart pays most of its workers minimum wage. They are basically the largest government moochers out there since they rely on tax payers to foot the bill for food stamps, medical, and whatever other benefits employees receive because they make so little.
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    McDonald's itself has made the best argument for raising the minimum wage with the budget advice it gives to its employees. McDonald's budget advice calls for its employees to get a second job. It's example budget shows a net income of $2060 per month. To achieve that income, a minimum wage worker would have to work more than 70 hours per week. That 70+ hours per week doesn't include the time spent getting to 2 different jobs every day. And the budget doesn't include gas as a cost (it does allot $150 per month for a car payment). McDonald's example budget also allots $20 per month for health insurance. It doesn't include anything for unexpected expenses (car repairs, health costs, etc) that we all encounter frequently, though I guess that could fall under 'other'. It's a totally unrealistic budget for say, a single parent with 1 child. It's pretty unrealistic for anyone for that matter, and it calls for 70+ hours per week of soul-crushing minimum wage labor.

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