"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."
--Albert Einstein, 1929
if a company wants to raise wages, cool. makes me a lot more likely to do business with them. as for the national minimum wage, i would tie it to inflation. making the minimum wage $15 everywhere would be counterproductive. what we should do instead is guarantee debt free access to college or to post secondary job training. if we did that, a lot fewer people would be stuck at minimum wage long term, and most of those jobs would be filled by high school and college kids trying to make some extra money instead of by people who are trying to raise a family.
I hate my job. I make less than $15 an hour. My job requires more skill than working a fryer, grill, microwave, and telling customers the shake machine is broke so my lazy ass can go home before my shift is up. Sorry. You want better pay? EARN IT!
Go work at a temp agency and get more work experience. Go start a rival burger joint (everyone hates McDonald's anyway). Work harder and provide better service. I've had so many poor experiences at McDonald's...the last thing you can tell me is that they actually work hard enough to make more than most Americans.
You want my sympathy on wage hikes? Start with people who actually DO work hard and get paid way less. IKEA isn't a HORRIBLE start, because I'm aware it is a nicer store. But how about we start with more deserving jobs?
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Also, either way, this doesn't really change the argument about the point of a low minimum wage. Ikea is raising their minimum wage which allows them to attract skilled employees... which squeezes out the unskilled employees that the minimum wage was intended for.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
Do the same thing to a business that caters to people on a fixed income and the story changes substantially. Suddenly grandma Jones can no longer afford to buy groceries and now gets to have the fun of skipping a meal or two each week. Suddenly, the business can no longer stay profitable, since it's customer base just dropped and gets to go through the "fun, fun, fun" of bankruptcy.
Last edited by faithful_servant; 06-25-15 at 02:16 PM.
Our nation has not always lived up to its ideals, yet those ideals have never ceased to guide us. They expose our flaws, and lead us to mend them. We are the beneficiaries of the work of the generations before us and it is each generation's responsibility to continue that work. - Laura Bush
As a poster already pointed out.
A company making a an economic decision is a far cry from Government FORCING companies to pay people more for nothing.