Oppose - Raising the Minimum Wage
I oppose an increase in the minimum wage. I would prefer to see it abolished.
1) What a hair-brained idea! The more you raise the MWL the more you raise the poverty line. When it was $1 ph, (in 1960), the poverty line was not even discussed in the media. I wonder what the argument was in favor of the minimum wage law in 1937 when it passed @ 25 cents per hour? The whole concept of a minimum wage law is bogus. Cradle to grave government? You create a dependency on the government in every new generation with the MWL. It destroys independent thinking! What will you you do when government fails you?
2) The MWL is already the most inflationary set of laws ever passed by congress. Do you remember the 20% inflation under Jimmy Carter? A direct link to the MWL increase of 1960 and the following years. Do you remember the question posed by candidate Ronald Reagan in the presidential debates of 1980, "Are you better off than you were four years ago? " Did you notice who got elected? Did you notice the riots in France when they proposed an adjustment in the 'job for life' employment concept. There will come a time in our future when we will realize the stupidity of this kind of interference in the economic lives of our citizens. Just remember how hard it is to un-ring a bell.
3) The only group to benefit from the MWL are property owners who can raise the rents when they think the market has any extra cash available. Think of the barber shop owner, he wants to make a living and pay his rent. He will need to raise the price he charges to meet his own needs. Back in the fifties, you could get a haircut for about 50 cents, now it starts at $10. That is inflation! Don't forget to look at congress and their $500 annual increase, year after year. What a 'MWL' they have! They are so smart(and the public is so stupid) that they don't even have to vote on it, its automatic!
4) How do you teach children to be responsible individuals, if they cannot get a job? I guess everyone will work for the government pretty soon. Look at the low paid workers in the military. And on TV, they sell it by saying they will pay for higher education. Risk your life and we might pay for college. No wonder minorities makeup most of the military population.
Van Nuys, CA 91409-7010