"We need to ask some very tough questions of the senator from Illinois. It's not enough to be black, it's not enough to be articulate, it's not enough to be eloquent and a media darling. The only question will be how deaf an ear, or how blind an eye will people turn in order to turn a frog into a prince." -Eddie Huff
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
They have plenty of profit to increase wages without increasing prices. But they'll increase prices, anyway. That stuff contributes big time to the health and obesity problems in our country, anyway. Seriously...I can't spit without hitting a fast food joint. There's something wrong there...for us, the consumers and workers. There's something very right with the fast food franchise owners, though.
Yeah, there's something wrong in our country when there is a fast food joint at every intersection, and the majority of our citizens are overweight. Increasing wages (which still are LOW wages) might help prevent even more of those things from opening.
My belief: If you can't afford to pay decent wages, you can't afford to be in business. If you rely on illegal immigrant slave labor for your business, then you don't really have a viable business in this country.
Colluding to pay poverty wages in a certain area of business is not an ethical business practice. You believe in the free market? Then let's have it free. A base min. wage, then anyone who wants to pay MORE can! Starbucks does. Whole Foods does. And they have applicants waiting in line to work there, and HUGE profits.
It's good for business, it's good for the community, and it's good for the country to have workers paid decently. That's what the free market is all about. Ain't nothin' "free market" about collusion.
If you read the thread, you'll see that it's not just about paying workers more. If you pay unskilled workers more, then you have to pay skilled workers more.
And what kind of incentive is it for people...and the effect on society....for people just sitting in these unskilled labor jobs, never bettering themselves? You remove the incentive.
And there are other people entering the job market that need those jobs to develop their skills and earning potential. THat's why they're called 'entry-level.'
That was just a Reader's Digest version of what's been posted.