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20costao
Pro (for)
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simcityguy09
Con (against)

Minimum wages should be raised

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/27/2016 Category: Economics
Updated: 1 month ago Status: Debating Period
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20costao

Pro

How do you think a mother feels when her child goes up to her and tells her that she does not want a birthday present because that child knows that her mother can not afford to buy her a birthday present? What if I tell you that if the minimum wage was raised that this mother and many like her can afford to buy a birthday present for their daughter's birthday? Many believe that the minimum wage should not be raised because small businesses can not afford to pay employees more that the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, or waiters/waitresses for example, who get tips earn $2.13 per hour. This translates into an average of $ 14,500 a year for a full time worker. Another reason that people say that the minimum wage can not be raised is that if the federal minimum wage is raised then the prices of goods and services also increase. Many also say that increasing the minimum wage will cause people to lose their jobs.
People argue that small businesses can not afford to pay employees more and as a result will end up firing many employees. This is just not true. In July of 2015 a survey found out that 60% of small business owners support a gradual increase to the minimum wage of $12.00. This survey also reports that small business owners preferred this because an increase of income would put money into the pockets of low- wage workers who will then spend the money on goods and services. This boost in demand will stimulate the economy and help create job opportunities. In fact, the White House published an article called Raise the Wage and it states that raising the minimum wage nationwide will benefit local economies and support millions of workers.
Many people also say that the federal minimum wage should stay the same because if the minimum wage goes up then other prices will increase as well, and as a result everything becomes more expensive. Some states have placed rules in recent years causing increases in their minimum wages to help keep up with the already rising inflation. The federal minimum wage does not operate that way. According to the Department of Labor in their article Minimum Wage Mythbusters, in order for the federal minimum wage to increase it has to gain approval from Congress and the President. The plan is to gradually increase the minimum wage so it has time to adjust automatically with inflation. This will help low income families keep up with prices of the cost of living.
People also say that increasing the minimum wage will cause people to lose their jobs. What these people are thinking that the federal minimum wage is going to be raised immediately. In reality what President Obama wants to do is to raise the minimum wage in increments until it eventually reaches $15.00 per hour. He wants to do this because if he tells the whole country to pay their workers $15.00 per hour, employers will not have a chance to adjust to this sudden change. But if he asks to slowly raise the wage of employees, then employers will have the time to adjust. This way no jobs are lost. In fact 600 economists studied that increasing the minimum wage has no effect on employment of minimum-wage workers including at times of weakness in the labor market. Robert Reich (former Labor Secretary) in an article called Why we Should Raise the Minimum Wage published on CNBC"s website on April 27, 2015,he states that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from $7.25 per hour would lift 900,000 people out of poverty.
simcityguy09

Con

Honestly, minimum wage is fine where it is. If you come at me with how many homeless people there are on the street, I just say "That's their choice." I know that, sometimes, they can't get a job for various reasons, but if they can't get a job, they aren't important. Minimum wage should not be raised. This would also raise taxes, cause inflation, and make everything cost more, then repeating the process all over again. It's a vicious cycle. Eventually all people will not have enough money. Everybody will run out of money. Society will collapse. It will basically be the purge. And just because of that one dollar raise in minimum wage.
Debate Round No. 1
20costao

Pro

Well, I wonder where you get your information. Raising the minimum wage does not raise taxes. On the contrary, states and federal governments are able to collect more taxes from the new higher "income". It doesn't cause inflation, either. There hasn't been an increase in wages to keep up with inflation since 2007. In other words, the $ 7.25 an hour of 9 years ago, do not buy the same amount of goods in today's dollars. Homeless people are homeless for several reasons. None have to do with raising the minimum wage. It has to do with a lack of a supportive system, mental health mostly. Other homeless people are our beloved veterans of wars, who fall in that category because our system has failed to support them appropriately.
Economists have agreed that the more disposable income a person has, the more they can reinvest in the economy. More goods purchased equals more demand, therefore manufacturers can produce more and sell more. It's that simple. It is unfortunate that the raise of the minimum wage has become a partisan issue. Getting information from reputable unbiased sources is a great way to increase our knowledge and be independent thinkers.
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by WastedMillennial 3 weeks ago
WastedMillennial
Actually, the minimum wage ought to be abolished. The sale of every good or service, in this case the service of labor, has a certain natural set point which is optimal for both parties. We trust the free market in almost every other instance, but for the wages of the poor we shy away from it. Now as to the pathos, a minimum wage hurts the poor. In fact it is likely one of the worst agitators of black poverty in the United States. This is because, on the one end, blacks, and really anyone in a poor and crime ridden area, are generally given bad education through a terrible government-funded school system. Normally and historically the cure to a bad or non-existent education was to work for any wage one could find in order to gain valuable experience, thus improving one's value. However, because of the minimum wage, we have created an unemployable class of citizens by mandating that corporations pay these citizens more than they are worth. Corporations will only hire workers if the workers produce more for the company than they are payed, and so any class of citizens with no skills to justify the payment of the mandated, or minimum wage will not be hired. The people on the lowest economic rung are hurt the most by this policy. As for a federal minimum wage, that issue is flatly absurd. The cost of living varies widely from state to state, and so even if the government could accurately ascertain what an optimal minimum wage would be in a given area, it would not work on a national level.
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