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Minimum wages can only be maintained through draconian inflation control
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So would having minimum wages that depend on the field, rather than a general minimum wage, work out better overall?
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The family living on a single minimum wage is largely a myth. Anyone care to guess what the median household income of someone who works a minimum wage job is? According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is around $53,000. This is actually higher than the median household income, which is around $52,000. The overwhelming majority of minimum wage earners are teeangers and young adults who are in school. Non-young adults earning the minimum wage are a second, supplemental income to a primary income, the majority being women and most choosing to be part time. This may seem sexist, but also bear in mind that minimum wage earners are less likely to be single than their higher paid counterparts. Just 4% of full time minimum wage earners are single parents, compared with 5.6% of the rest of population. So if you want to find a husband or wife, get a minimum wage job!

Minimum wages do not help poverty. The reason poverty exists is because people do not work. According to the US Census Bureau, 67% of individuals living in poverty did not work and 25% of people living in poverty only work part time. Making hiring people more expensive will only increase the number of people not working, thus leading to increased poverty. Studies have shown time and again that increasing the minimum wage does not reduce poverty. Because it is not a problem of people not getting paid enough, it is a problem of people not working to get paid in the first place.

As you can see from this statistics, any increases to the minimum wage would help more affluent families at the cost of fewer entry-level positions for younger workers and minorities. Something that younger workers need is job experience and pricing them out of the job pool will only hurt them in the long run.
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Ravenstein wrote: Because it is not a problem of people not getting paid enough, it is a problem of people not working to get paid in the first place.


Right, so my dad, who only gets around 42k a year is all his fault. Nevermind the fact he's a disabled veteran who can't get a job because the government won't allow him to get any jobs. Completely his fault right?
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MonoDreams wrote:


Ravenstein wrote: Because it is not a problem of people not getting paid enough, it is a problem of people not working to get paid in the first place.


Right, so my dad, who only gets around 42k a year is all his fault. Nevermind the fact he's a disabled veteran who can't get a job because the government won't allow him to get any jobs. Completely his fault right?


My quote was in regards to the cause of poverty. According to the US Government an income of $42,000 per year puts him well above the poverty line.

Source: https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/federal-poverty-level-FPL/

I would like to thank your father for his service and voice my opinion that we are not doing enough for our veterans, especially our disabled veterans. In light of recent wars the United States has engaged in, we really need to do more for our disabled veterans to make sure they live comfortable lives of respect considering the sacrifices they have made. I did not intend to slight your father or any other veterans.
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Do you think it is accidental that they are eliminating the workforce by raising the minimum wage?
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