Its my opinion, one that is based on 'the do unto others..." principal. If I was an unskilled worker I would want a decent wage, not the lowest wage that the employer can get away with. As I said before, it is not an unusual opinion since the minimum wage is an (often inadequate] attempt to limit the exploitation of workers by employers.
When I was completely unskilled I got paid minimum wage, but at that time (in the mid-197Os] that was enough to afford rent, food, basic clothes, and transportation to work. In many parts of the country that is no longer the case because the minmum wage has not kept up with increases in the cost of living.
Why does the word exploit exist in the sense of "to make use of meanly or unfairly for one's own advantage?" At one point, if any, does a conservative or libertarian consider an employment practice to be exploitation?
The lack of enough police in many places allows robbers to steal from more people. Why would you expect to not get robbed?
If your house was on fire your neighbor can charge you a thousand dollars to borrow her fire extinguisher. Why would you expect to pay less?
Due to circumstances, an employer can pay a low wage, a robber can steal from you and your neighbor can charge you a thousand dollars to use the fire extinguisher. That doesn't mean that these acts are ethical. In all these cases they are exploiting a person's vulnerability and/or desperation.
Last edited by Hard Truth; 11-24-13 at 06:12 PM.
"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson
As for the remarks on healthcare, that is more a product of bad govt policy and one many employers would like to see shifted over to the public sector, and can't really fault a retail company for not wanting to foot that bill under current circumstances