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Lsumichiganfan
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The Us should raise th minimum wage to 15 dollars per hour.

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Started: 1/31/2016 Category: Economics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mc9

Con

First round acceptance, 2nd round opening statements. 3rd round rebuttals 4th round closing arguments and rebuttals

LMF will argue that the minimum wage should be raised to fifteen dollars per hour.

I will argue we shouldn't.
Lsumichiganfan

Pro

I accept. I look forward to a great lively debate.
Debate Round No. 1
mc9

Con

mc9 forfeited this round.
Lsumichiganfan

Pro

Mc9 has sadly forfeited but never the less I will argue,
Worker Rights: if you a working in a society you do not deserve to live in poverty nor should you be homeless on the streets and working. Something is wrong if you have people working that don't have enough money to live off of. Do you really have to be in the middle class or the upper class to have a fair standard of living? Let me paint a picture for you: Imagine A walmart worker they usally make around 9$ an hour that is still not enough to live off of. In order to have a fair living wage every worker should be paid at a minimum 15 dollars an hour. Don't you think that it is saddening that people who are working and who are working hard live in poverty? 28% of workers earn Poverty level wages, (http://stateofworkingamerica.org......) This is not a third world country, people who are working deserve a living wage (15 Dollars an hour)

Does minimum wage increases hurt jobs? No they don't at all actually I am going to display a graph that shows 13 states that have increased the minimum wage actually saw jobs increase! (http://feelthebern.org......) Also economists dismiss the idea that it decreases jobs, A key finding by an report on wether it decreases jobs found that a minimum wage hike does not decrease jobs:http://www.integrityflorida.org......;

Would their be in increase of a use of governmental assistance? No actually since a 15 dollar minimum wage lifts people out of poverty their will be less of a need for food stamps and welfare. According to the Economic Policy Insitute Rasing the minimum wage by just a few dollars would cause 1.7 million americans to no longer relay on public assisstance. And note this is only raising the minimum wage by a few dollars! Not 15 in this study imagine how many people won't need public assistance if we raised the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour!

What would be the price increase? According to a video by Slate magazine there would only be a 1 cent increase on a box of mac and cheese if we raised the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour! You can watch the video here if you don't believe me:https://www.youtube.com......

Was the minimum wage ever higher than it was today? Actually yes it has! In 1968 adjusted for Inflation the minimum wage was $8.54 an hour! Link:http://www.pewresearch.org......; Also in 1968 the unemployment rate was only at 3.6 Percent! And in 1969 it was even lower at 3.5 percent unemployment lower than it is today. Link:http://data.bls.gov......
Debate Round No. 2
mc9

Con

I apologize for the forfeit and wil ltry to make it up this round.

My arguments are...



As shown here
http://www.usnews.com... many people need to have low paying jobs to start off with as businesses eliminate jobs to accomodate for the extra spending.

Minimum wage hikes will eliminate jobs. https://www.epionline.org... A minimum wage hike would reduce the amount of jobs and pro’s claim of the 1968 minimum wage is invalid since this study shows that accounting for inflation the minimum wage would’ve been $4.

Also, do teenagers or really anyone really need 30,000 dollars a year for flipping burgers?

http://www.investopedia.com...

http://thesovereigninvestor.com...

In conclusion a minimum wage increase would lower the amount of jobs in America. It would make businesses lay off jobs and it would help some, but hurt many living on the current minimum wage and really hurt many living below it trying to work their way up.

A minimum wage hike would also only encourage businesses to move work overseas for more cheap labor.

Pro’s first paragraph suggests a $15 dollar minimum wage in third world countries though this debate is about the USA and that is completely outside the Us’ jurisdiction, those countries have their own governments. I believe I have also adequeately refuted pros points with my arguments partly since the unemployment increase would increase food stamps and welfare need because of the layed off jobs.

Lsumichiganfan

Pro

Lsumichiganfan forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Lsumichiganfan

Pro

Lsumichiganfan forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Emmarie 10 months ago
Emmarie
great points - I will be interested in seeing your findings to support a $15/minimum wage.
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