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  • I strongly beleive so

    Every time minimum wage is raised it makes it harder for the youth and the poor to get jobs. It's a fact. Youth lack skills and with minimum wage, employers don't have time to train new people. Minimum wage also means sometimes small businesses have to fire and create more work for the workers (now having to take over the fired individuals) for just a little boost in pay. Sometimes hours are cut from hard workers. It's not a good situation, but if an employer wants to give a little money to hobo that sleeps outside in the ally, the man has no skills, but the employer wants to give him a little bit of work to clean the toilet or something. Well it may not be worth minimum wage but it gave the hobo some work and money. The reason why women don't feel like they make enough is because many don't negotiate with their employer, women tend to except the low pay, while men tend to negotiate in whatever way they can to get payed more. It's the fault of the worker to except the pay, you can't blame the employer for that, it's up to you to state your worth.

  • It's completely useless

    The minimum wage was placed with good intentions, however it does nothing to benefit society. For example just look at unemployment, while I will concede that studies have shown that overall unemployment virtually unaffected that specific statistic is misleading as best. Mainly because there are different groups that make up the work force, the group most notably affected by the minimum wage and it's many increases is the young teen employees, as studies have proven that teen unemployment has shown consistent increases with every corresponding increase in the minimum wage.

  • Oh, the nay-sayers.

    Increasing the minimum wage, no matter what it's raised to, only leads to a higher cost of living, which, in turn, leads to poor and unskilled workers being driven further into poverty. It benefits few at the expense of many. Without a minimum wage workers who are unskilled now have a chance to, at least, make some money. Something is better than nothing, and if they want more then they need to work hard and negotiate better pay. Or find another job. The free market is a wonderful thing.

  • Economy can't afford it!

    There is no one forcing minimum purchases so why is there a minimum wage? How can you grow an economy with someone saying you must pay $15.00 an hour to flip burger? Inflation will go out of control and jobs will be lost. Machines will do all work where you can. And because illegal worker aren't citizens all the jobs will go to them because these laws don't apply to them. And at 78% saying yes proves Gov. Brown is 100% wrong!

  • People confuse minimum wage with livable wage

    There is a very bad confusion between minimum wage and livable wage. Minimum wage should be for people who start to work, students doing part time or apprentices. I believe that free internship should be abolished and minimum wage that what should be, the minimum for people to learn something. Unfortunately is becoming the minimum to survive and that is wrong. Business should pay people their value and people should be paid to work that is different that just show up at work. Work has to be value and the way to value people is to pay more when their work make more money and less when it doesn't. Employers should pay to retain their workers or be free to try them at lower rates and let them go if they have little value. Because of this confusion I believe minimum wage is becoming a social fight and for that should be eliminated.

  • People confuse minimum wage with livable wage

    There is a very bad confusion between minimum wage and livable wage. Minimum wage should be for people who start to work, students doing part time or apprentices. I believe that free internship should be abolished and minimum wage that what should be, the minimum for people to learn something. Unfortunately is becoming the minimum to survive and that is wrong. Business should pay people their value and people should be paid to work that is different that just show up at work. Work has to be value and the way to value people is to pay more when their work make more money and less when it doesn't. Employers should pay to retain their workers or be free to try them at lower rates and let them go if they have little value. Because of this confusion I believe minimum wage is becoming a social fight and for that should be eliminated.

  • No Minimum Wage Allows Economic Darwinism

    Just like how a truly free capitalist system allows the market to decide for itself how much goods are worth, it allows the market to also decide how much certain services are worth. Leftist economists make it sound like the ball is completely in the court of the employer, but employers have to compete for employees just like they do for profits on their goods. Bad businessmen who lose their employees to the competition due to the competition offering better deals to employees will likely suffer the effects of economic Darwinism, and the strong will survive in the marketplace.

  • Causes Teen Unemployment

    The minimum wage causes unemployment due to supply and demand, when the price is pushed above market equilibrium it causes a surplus of labor, also known as unemployment. You can't see this in overall unemployment because minimum wage workers make up around 2% of people in the labor force. We can see this in teen unemployment because they are more than ten times as likely to work minimum wage or near-minimum wage jobs, teens are less likely to have a job now than in the last 50 years.

  • The Price of the Minimum Wage

    When most liberals speak about the minimum wage, they usually talk about the need to support low-income workers, who struggle to find jobs and provide for their family. This sob story may work for some, but the real inequality behind this is not about the income gap, but what is forced on employers and consumers who have to pay for overpriced labor. When capital is used to employ workers who are mandated to be given more money than they are 'worth,' businesses cannot use that capital to innovate, compete with other businesses, and provide for their customers better. And, consumers also end up having to pay for the pay raise of minimum wage workers. If boosting wages is such a big need, then the people who need and want it most should be the ones footing the bill, by working longer hours and educating themselves to be worth more, instead of throwing this issue on people who have done the work to get where they are today.

  • The Price of the Minimum Wage

    When most liberals speak about the minimum wage, they usually talk about the need to support low-income workers, who struggle to find jobs and provide for their family. This sob story may work for some, but the real inequality behind this is not about the income gap, but what is forced on employers and consumers who have to pay for overpriced labor. When capital is used to employ workers who are mandated to be given more money than they are 'worth,' businesses cannot use that capital to innovate, compete with other businesses, and provide for their customers better. And, consumers also end up having to pay for the pay raise of minimum wage workers. If boosting wages is such a big need, then the people who need and want it most should be the ones footing the bill, by working longer hours and educating themselves to be worth more, instead of throwing this issue on people who have done the work to get where they are today.

  • Minimum wage has never kept up with inflation

    In our corrupt corporate owned and governed society, the minimum wage has never kept up with the cost of living. It is assumed that inexperienced teens are the only members of society on minimum wage and all adults are coasting by on wonderful wages that keep them and their families floating above the poverty line. That is just not true. There are countless individuals with a multitude of higher experience and skills stuck in minimum wage jobs because there just aren't enough higher paying ones hiring. It is also pretty well known that it isn't what you know, but who you know.
    There is a great speech on Ted Talks given by a wealthy person acknowledging that, the more his employees are paid, the more money they have to spend, creating a higher demand.
    It is foolish and mindless to think that by abolishing the minimum wage that corporations or small businesses will not take advantage of their workers. The comment from Triggerhappy proves this by admitting he doesn't think hobo's should be paid a fair wage just to clean a toilet. That sort of selfish thinking is why so many hard working families were shot straight into poverty practically overnight.
    Stop repeating the corporate owned media's simplistic narratives and start thinking and doing the math.

  • Not at all.

    Abolishing the minimum wage will set back all progress for fair treatment to workers. If anything, the minimum wage should be increased in certain areas of the country to reflect the cost of living in the area. Abolishing the minimum wage would create many more very low income jobs and would take away wages that regular middle class people earn.

  • Keep the minimum wage!

    Victoria was the first to introduce the minimum wage in the world in 1896. The whole point of the minimum wage is so the employee has sufficient money to meet the variety of needs of a person living in a civilized community, and so the employer still has enough money to gain profit, live and develop their business. A minimum wage was then gradually adopted by most other countries and inscribed as an international convention by the International Labour Organisation in 1928. The idea of the minimum wage recognized workers as human beings and equal citizens, rather than taking advantage of them.

  • People have the right to a decent wage.

    In my Country, we have a legislation called the fair work act, the minimum wage in Australia is around $16.88, people have the right to a decent wage in order to live a comfortable life, I think that a wage like America's minimum wage is really insulting and people can only live to work... It is almost like slavery, there is really no interest in the development of people.

  • A corrupt society hinders the minimum wage

    If minimum wage is abolished it would only benefit the employer. When a rich man goes on to TEDtalks and states that he clearly understands as a businessman that his employees having more money to spend is overall better for the economy. It is a complete shame that someone would think it is okay to pay someone less than minimum wage because they are homeless, or lack the skills. What motivation would someone have if they could make more money begging than from hard work?
    Society has a corrupt system built on greed and that greed monopolizes the media to place a narrative they cram down the throat of people who don't think for themselves.
    More money in the hands of the employees equals more spending. Companies get rid of jobs because the demand for their product diminish OR people are not capable of purchasing them, because they lack..... MONEY.

    Abolishing the minimum wage would only increase poverty, and hence more crime, and hence more unskilled workers.

  • No no no

    Minimum wage should not be abolished because it was cause very high inflation of prices, because if everyone is getting paid more, the prices of other things will rise as well. Minimum wage is a good starting point for everyone, those that try to live off of minimum wage should have tried harder in high school and college.

  • It is Naive

    It's naive to think that companies would pay their employees fairly and well without a standard that they are held at. No standard, they can pay whatever they want. Sure, some would pay above what today minimum wage is without minimum wage being established, but they already do- if you get a raise. Most companies however, are corrupt, and would pay their employees little and then threaten their jobs if they complained. Some people need jobs really badly, and would take any money, so a minimum wage helps to establish that they actually make any money to be able to support themselves. I don't see any problem with it, being a working woman myself, and I don't see why this even a discussion.

  • It is Naive

    It's naive to think that companies would pay their employees fairly and well without a standard that they are held at. No standard, they can pay whatever they want. Sure, some would pay above what today minimum wage is without minimum wage being established, but they already do- if you get a raise. Most companies however, are corrupt, and would pay their employees little and then threaten their jobs if they complained. Some people need jobs really badly, and would take any money, so a minimum wage helps to establish that they actually make any money to be able to support themselves. I don't see any problem with it, being a working woman myself, and I don't see why this even a discussion.

  • Minium wage has destroyed american industry leaving us vulnarable in wwiii which will happen soon

    Lets see...99% of electronics & our clothing is not made in USA. When WWIII breaks out....And it will...Mankind has never gone 100 years without a major world war, we won't have any electronics or clothes. Actually 90% of what we will need for WWIII we won't have any factories to make any of it and we will mostly all die. This is the truth, all else is nonsense short sightedness.

  • There is Australia's Example

    Australia has the highest minimum wage in the world in US dollar terms and has had a high one for over a decade. The unemployment rate however has been below 6% for years and even during the global financial crisis the unemployment rate did not go above 6% and now it is slightly above 6%.

    So the idea that a minimum wage and a high one at that causes mass unemployment is just not the case.

    Youth unemployment has far greater causes than minimum wage laws and there are countries with lower minimum wages that have a higher rate of youth unemployment than Australia has. So the minimum wage should not be abolished.


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