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birdlandmemories
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Oromagi
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The minimum wage should not be increased in the United States

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Oromagi
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/24/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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birdlandmemories

Pro

The first round will be to accept this debate

The minimum wage has been a major issue recently, with fast food workers calling for it to be raised to $15 an hour.

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Oromagi

Con

I'll accept that debate and look forward to Pro's argument.
Debate Round No. 1
birdlandmemories

Pro

I will have to pass this round. I do not have enough time to post my opening arguments. I will post them in the third round. Please award my opponent conduct.

Thank you.
Oromagi

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The benefits of moderate and proportional increases to the minimum wage outweigh the risks.

I assume that Pro's argument against minimum wage increases will be something along these lines: an increase in the minimum wage should translate into higher prices, contributing to inflation and nullifying the increase.

In the real world, however, economic forces are much more complicated. However much theory says it shouldn't, study after study shows that base wage increases have a minimal impact on prices and that base wage increases are strongly correlated to economic improvement. Economists differ strongly on the relative value and importance of the minimum wage, but history shows that economic strength typically improves after minimum wage hikes and that jurisdictions with higher minimum wages enjoy stronger economies than jurisdictions with lower or no minimum wage law.

"According to a poll of 500 small business owners conducted on behalf of Small Business Majority, 67 percent of these firms favor boosting the minimum wage from the current rate of $7.25 an hour and adjusting it annually as the cost of living rises" [1]

Why? Because savvy small businesses understand that minimum wage hikes improve the economy, stabilize turnover, and contribute little to inflation.

Small businesses in Australia account for 95% of GDP [2] compared to 46% U.S. GDP and Australia's minimum wage is twice that of U.S. ($16.88 USD) yet maintains unemployment at 5.7%, [3] and provides a statistically better quality of life than most US population centers(4 largest cities rank in global top ten).











Look at Costco vs. Sam's Club. Costco pays 42% better average salary as well as better benefits, yet its grocery prices average 3.6% LESS because Costco employee turnover is 6% vs Sam's Club's 44% turnover[4] Happier, more experienced employees provide better customer service and bring in $21,805 profit per employee compared to Sam's Club's $11,615 profit per employee.

Minimum wage earners only represent 5.2% of the US workforce, and that's mostly comprised of high school and college age people. [5] One might not suppose that adjusting the wage for this small sector would significantly impact the economy, but minimum wage increases ripple up into middle class salaries as employers retain wage hierarchies. This has the effect of pushing unused capital at the top of the pyramid down to the bottom where it is quickly spent, improving consumption and economic demand, which leads to higher employment.


















Minimum wage increases drive employers to improve efficiency. Rather than relying on a pool of cheap labor to take up the slack, employers seek out tech improvements, working smarter not harder.

The higher the bottom rung is set, the more people prefer employment to criminal alternatives, boosting the market.

Minimum wage laws improve work ethics, reduce absenteeism, and reduce turnover. In tandem, these effects result in significant improvements in efficiency across the economy.
Debate Round No. 2
birdlandmemories

Pro

birdlandmemories forfeited this round.
Oromagi

Con

Extend my original arguments for another round. Can't tell if Pro's interested in having a debate here.
Debate Round No. 3
birdlandmemories

Pro

birdlandmemories forfeited this round.
Oromagi

Con

Extend my arguments. Please vote CON!
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by InVinoVeritas 3 years ago
InVinoVeritas
You crazy fiscal conservatives. Too greedy to allow our entry-level warehouse employees to get $500/hr!
Posted by EndarkenedRationalist 3 years ago
EndarkenedRationalist
I was temted to take this and mildly troll it by arguing that the minimum wage should be raised in places like China.
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Vote Placed by Beverlee 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: I am breathless! I am a veteran of minimum wage debates, and the depth and breadth of argumentation here by Con will write the textbook for future debates on this topic.
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Reasons for voting decision: FF