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Do you agree with Ben Carson that raising minimum wage will increase unemployment?

  • Yes it will.

    If you think that increasing minimum wage will increase employment you are mistaken. Getting paid more is not always good. If you get a hamburger at McDonald's and it was $1.50. And the employees get paid $15 now that $1.50 will be around $8. If anything it will hurt our economy we cannot support people like this. And people that are making more money that minimum don't get a pay increase. So they are making less and potentially not enough.

  • Yes, raising the minimum wage will increase unemployment.

    If a company has a limited budget to spend on their employees, then forcing them to increase it will lead to fewer employees or employees working fewer hours or it will lead to higher prices for the services/product. Besides, I don't think it's the government duty to tell a business how to operate (as long as it is isn't infringing on the rights of others). Minimum Wage isn't a right and neither is it a right to not be discriminated against.

  • Yes, I believe that minimum wage and unemployment have a direct relationship.

    There have been studies that have shown that minimum wage increases and an increase in unemployment are directly related. This makes sense, because employers have to increase the amount of money they are spending in wages, which can cause them to layoff or get rid of many employees. It also makes employers less likely to hire more employees.

  • Logically, the answer is yes.

    The minimum wage should only be raised in the event of exponential inflation, and the USA has not yet reached this point. Raising the minimum wage now would mean that employers would have to pay their employees more money. Employers will therefore be more hesitant to hire extra or unneeded employees for fear of losing substantial income.

  • It will increase unemployment!

    Of course not! It will only make everything worse. When increasing minimum wage doesn't lead for more opening jobs.

    1. First your raising price not job opening.

    2. The price of everything will go up if minimum wage goes up. Because the owners of Mc. Donald's will raise the prices of their burgers.

    3. The people who don't have minimum wage are getting closer to the same price. Jacob Smith over here is an electrician who makes 25$ per hour. Now buying something will be raised up if the people who work where he buys have minimum wage. Lets say Jacob Smith wants to buy a Mc. Donalds burger that is 4.79$ now the price is 5.20$ but since, Jacob did not get an increase in budget he will be spending more cash then he needs too and he had a degree, but he can work as a Mc. Donald Worker and make a good 11$ per hour but he did not need to spend the money for a college degree.

    3. If we are falling in a society that everything needs to be fair! I quit life! We have a person who works their butt off and studies hard in high school and college and it seems forever in his life and he needs to have the same fair amount of money of Bob Joe who doesn't do anything with his life and is on Government support and doesn't give a care about anything gets the same amount of money as person who got a 2 year degree, and a descant job is fair! Than i quit life.

    4. What about the guy who started his own business and makes money off it? The guy who took his heart and soul and practically all his money to start a business needs to pay MORE for people who don't try at life? It's a person decision to give out more money. @stealspell your not the manager of Mc. Donald's and you don't have the decision to choose how much people should get pay. And their are going to pay them minimum wage only increasing the price hearts the people who got a descant job and tried hard at life.

    5. Life is not always fair! And you it has to be that way well i guess that i should quit my life. I try hard in school and their are kids that don't give a care but no they should have more money i guess.

    6. If Mc. Donalds have the the cash to pay 15$ and the people know that then they should leave their jobs and try to get a harder job. And now you are hurting the being who tried hard in their life to be successful life Bill Gates. And know the man who changed the future is a Cheap scum who doesn't deserve a life because he tried in life and became successful.

  • This isn't about whether higher wages would help...

    This is about whether EMPLOYERS would hire less because workers cost more with higher minimum wage. Yes, having the money to support yourself is unquestionably beneficial, but to think that the worker is the only variable is absurd. The real issue is whether it will cause employers to hire fewer people. If money is too tight now, why would employers hire when it costs them MORE?

  • Yes, it will increase unemployment.

    Minimum wage is minimum for a reason. A low wage encourages the pursuit of higher paying jobs, which is overall better for the economy, as opposed to raising the minimum wage, which would result in job providers firing more people, and hiring less, due to the expenses that comes from increasing the minimum wage.

  • Yep, it will.

    Of course it will. If workers become expensive, businesses will choose a cheaper option. Look at California. Minimum wage spiked, so McDonald's is almost all automated now. More important than an increase in unemployment, however, is the increase in the cost of living. If the minimum wage is $15, a burger will cost $10. There's a direct correlation between minimum wage and cost of living.

  • Of course it will.

    Minimum wage jobs are those that don't require any skill or education, have a high turnover rate, and often aren't full time. Traditionally these jobs are held by teenagers or a family member for some extra cash. They aren't meant to be lifelong employment, and they don't pay well because anyone can do them. People who expect to live on their paychecks do something (work their way up, get advanced education, trade school or other means of improving themselves) to earn a better paying job. Minimum wage jobs are merely a stepping stone for them. But those not willing to put any effort into improving themselves can expect to have no better prospects than the minimum wage job, although that typically will be adjusted over the years with raises. But raising the minimum wage, especially by such an amount, is literally rewarding people for doing nothing, accomplishing nothing, improving nothing, earning nothing. Companies will need to cut their employees to half, or drastically raise the price of their products. The latter will cost them a lot of business. Most employers will probably do a combination of the two. But it doesn't stop there. There are plenty of entry level professional jobs at that wage, that required extra training and education to qualify. Suddenly you're going to have all of these people who are typically in no-skills/education-needed minimum wage jobs because they have no skills or education, making the same as those who paid their dues to get better paying jobs? That's not even close to fair. So everyone who makes above minimum wage, whether due to education or years of experience getting periodical raises, deserves to have their wages raised by the same $$ amount the minimum wage workers got. Now the cost of EVERYTHING goes up so no one can afford anything. This interference by the government causes inflation. You cannot appeal to the sensibilities, common sense, intelligence, or sense of fairness of the people wanting their minimum wage job to pay more, because they think of nothing but their own self-serving interest, (more money) but they don't want to do anything to earn it. They want the politicians to give it to them, and the politicians want their votes.

  • The counsel for the corporations, Ben Carson, is factually wrong.

    This "argument" (fear-mongering) has been used every single time there was a proposal to raise the min. Wage and every single time it has been beneficial to the economy.

    "Companies will also fire more people to increase revenue."

    An understaffed business is an sinking ship.

    "If a company has a limited budget to spend on their employees, then forcing them to increase it will lead to fewer employees or employees working fewer hours or it will lead to higher prices for the services/product."

    Successful companies can afford to pay their employees more. They just choose not to because they're greedy and want money for themselves.

    "There have been studies that have shown that minimum wage increases and an increase in unemployment are directly related."

    Lie. No such study.

    "If you get a hamburger at McDonald's and it was $1.50. And the employees get paid $15 now that $1.50 will be around $8. "

    McDonald's can afford to pay their employees $15/hr they just choose not to because they can legally get away with dirt cheap labor. If they raise prices they're only hurting themselves and will go out of business.

    "The real issue is whether it will cause employers to hire fewer people."

    An understaffed business is a sinking ship.

    "A low wage encourages the pursuit of higher paying jobs"

    Reality is missing from this claim.

    "Traditionally these jobs are held by teenagers or a family member for some extra cash. They aren't meant to be lifelong employment, and they don't pay well because anyone can do them."

    This needs a reality check. The enormous problems in the criminal justice system contribute to difficulty in employment for those higher paying jobs. Therefore most people are left with a min. Wage job if they can even find one. If they can't, it's either be homeless or deal drugs or be involved in some other criminal activity for food. Secondly, a min. Wage is not a living wage. So people have to turn to the government for support. Which means the middle class helps the poor because the greedy rich don't want to pay more.

    "People who expect to live on their paychecks do something (work their way up, get advanced education, trade school or other means of improving themselves) to earn a better paying job."

    If everybody got advanced education who's going to pick up your trash in the morning? A teenager? Prepare your taxes? A teenager? Change your oil? A teenager? First responder? A teenager? Nurse assistant? A teenager?

  • No, Minimum wage increase is necessary to accommodate the higher cost of living

    No, minimum wage increase will not increase unemployment. Higher wages will likely attract a larger potential workforce, with a larger pool of candidates, and better wages will retain existing employees at companies. It's a win-win situation. As the economy grows, people expect to be paid more. If wages stay stagnant for too long, people will leave their jobs in search of better paying jobs. A workforce offering competitive wages is a healthy workforce.

  • Raising Minimum Wage Combats Poverty and Benefits Our Economy

    Raising the minimum wage benefits the economy because as people have more available income to spend they re-inject it into the system by buying more. Customers having more money means that businesses will have more customers and/or bigger sales. When people don't have money to spend everybody suffers. Businesses make less sales, the government has to spend more in social benefits such as food stamps and more people are reduced to stealing to be able to make ends meet.

  • We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage

    Right now, the minimum wage isn't even enough to get a person out of poverty. In fact, it is more economically feasible for people to remain unemployed and receive assistance than it is to work a job that pays minimum wage and disqualifies one from certain assistance.

    In the US, the wealthy are growing richer, and the poor and middle class are growing more impoverished. His argument is based convoluted trickled-down economics that has proven that it doesn't work. The only people who will benefit from what Carson proposes is the wealthy.

  • Historical context needed.

    Not only does this candidate fail to cite any economic credibility - oh look at that, he doesn't have it, he's a neurosurgeon and not someone of political or economical background - but he also fails to support his claim with historical context. So I will provide some that will hopefully convince some of the gullible people saying 'yes' to this, that Mr. Carson - yes I said 'Mr', he's not worthy of the 'Dr' title - is wrong.

    Former U.S President Harry Truman (D) actually doubled the minimum wage in 1949 which lead to a massive economic boom.

    "This is the story of how, in spite of sustained political opposition, a presidential administration was once able to give the most downtrodden American workers an 87.5 percent pay increase."

    Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/minimum-wage-doubling_n_3819478.html

    Don't get me wrong, dealing with such things can be tricky - you make a false move you can mess up a lot of stuff, but if you have an experienced, wise person in office, it will get done.

  • No it ewon't

    I like Ben Carson, his veiws make sense and he knows what a brain is (unlike all those guys in Washington), but this I must disagree with, in the 1940's corporations were able to give their workers 24$ a hour adapted to inflation and nearly noone was unempoloyed, what has changed? Nothing, only that corporations are making MORE MONEY, so if they were able to do 24$ a hour PLUS HEALTHCARE then, they can most certainly do it now. The only way that this would happen is if the corporations fire people, not because they cannot afford to pay them, but because they want to protest having to pay them what is rightfully the workers.

  • It will increase unemployment!

    Of course not! It will only make everything worse. When increasing minimum wage doesn't lead for more opening jobs.

    1. First your raising price not job opening.

    2. The price of everything will go up if minimum wage goes up. Because the owners of Mc. Donald's will raise the prices of their burgers.

    3. The people who don't have minimum wage are getting closer to the same price. Jacob Smith over here is an electrician who makes 25$ per hour. Now buying something will be raised up if the people who work where he buys have minimum wage. Lets say Jacob Smith wants to buy a Mc. Donalds burger that is 4.79$ now the price is 5.20$ but since, Jacob did not get an increase in budget he will be spending more cash then he needs too and he had a degree, but he can work as a Mc. Donald Worker and make a good 11$ per hour but he did not need to spend the money for a college degree.

    3. If we are falling in a society that everything needs to be fair! I quit life! We have a person who works their butt off and studies hard in high school and college and it seems forever in his life and he needs to have the same fair amount of money of Bob Joe who doesn't do anything with his life and is on Government support and doesn't give a care about anything gets the same amount of money as person who got a 2 year degree, and a descant job is fair! Than i quit life.

    4. What about the guy who started his own business and makes money off it? The guy who took his heart and soul and practically all his money to start a business needs to pay MORE for people who don't try at life? It's a person decision to give out more money. @stealspell your not the manager of Mc. Donald's and you don't have the decision to choose how much people should get pay. And their are going to pay them minimum wage only increasing the price hearts the people who got a descant job and tried hard at life.

    5. Life is not always fair! And you it has to be that way well i guess that i should quit my life. I try hard in school and their are kids that don't give a care but no they should have more money i guess.

    6. If Mc. Donalds have the the cash to pay 15$ and the people know that then they should leave their jobs and try to get a harder job. And now you are hurting the being who tried hard in their life to be successful life Bill Gates. And know the man who changed the future is a Cheap scum who doesn't deserve a life because he tried in life and became successful.


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