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  1. 4my10851cs

    4my10851cs said, over 2 years ago

    it’s not wall st. that has to pay minimum wage it is small business. So if you have 10 employees you get rid of one or two and make the others work harder.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    Minimum wage jobs are for teenagers and people who only want part-time work for as little effort as possible. Perfect fit for each other.
    Anybody that works hard and shows up on time everyday will not be making minimum wage for very long unless they choose to.
    Once again Dems think the government should decide how much people should make.

  3. Peabody-Martini

    Peabody-Martini said, over 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    The argument gets made by those who aren’t in touch with the realities on the ground that the minimum wage is only for teenagers and part time workers. The reality is much different. These are people who are trying to support not only themselves but often family as well.

  4. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Peabody-Martini

    “These are people who are trying to support not only themselves but often family as well.”


    The intent of the minimum wage law was for unskilled entry level workers, part timers and students. Although It serves that purpose, just like Social Security was made to be a supplement to retirement savings people have become dependent on it as a full time support. If they have a family and are only making minimum age they should be able to qualify for other support like food stamps and rent assistance

  5. feverjr

    feverjr said, over 2 years ago

    Rockngolfer shared an excellent video on this very topic.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM

  6. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 2 years ago

    Fairness legislation. Progressives rail against conservatives trying to legislate morality, yet see no problem in forcing their childish, short sighted view of fairness upon society. Hypocrites.

  7. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat said, over 2 years ago

    @narrowminded

    “Morality” is private. Economic “fairness” is for the benefit of society as a whole. If you read Marx (with an open mind), you might understand that the socialist revolution he predicted — the proletariat taking control of the means of production — didn’t happen because democracy developed in the hundred years from 1850 to 1950 to a point where the revolution wasn’t necessary. Progressives starting with Theodore Roosevelt through FDR and (even to some extent Obama) have saved capitalism from itself.

    That’s what this is about. Whether this particular legislation is the most effective is another question, and not such a simple one.

  8. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 2 years ago

    @feverjr

    Thank you for passing that on to people who may have missed it.

  9. StCleve72

    StCleve72 said, over 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    I disagree. I think you may be a bit isolated from the reality of low paying jobs.I volunteer in a free health clinic and see grown-ups who work for 8 or 9 an hour in factory and warehouse jobs. They work hard but sadly, these are folks that have been pretty much beaten down from the start by parents, teachers, circumstances beyond their control as children, and see no way to improve their lot in life, They’re certainly psychologically downtrodden. I don’t think that government can change this dynamic of a chain of mental and emotional poverty, but unless as a society we change it we will be pulled down by it. Of course the government and more successful people can just let them die and starve to death if we follow a social-Darwinistic philosophy, but then we need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what kind of society are we? If a chain is as strong as its weakest link, then we have to ask ourselves how strong are we, don’t you think? If one sees them as less human than they are, if one has no empathy for people like these, if one thinks they’re just dirt under their shoes, what does that say about that person? I certainly hope that haughty/fortunate type person doesn’t consider him or herself a Christian.

  10. PocketNaomi

    PocketNaomi GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @4my10851cs

    Nearly half the minimum wage jobs in this country are at just two companies: WalMart and McDonald’s. How’s that about small businesses again?

  11. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    @StCleve72

    Minimum wage is $7.25 in most states. Most people working in “factory and warehouse jobs” already make more than that so raising the min. wage will not help them. This is about part-timers who work at Burger King after school for spare cash. As I said before, if you have a high school diploma and work hard, you will not be making min. wage. If you don’t work hard, too bad. If you don’t have a high school diploma, there are many free or almost free GED programs for you to do so.

    It has been shown repeatedly that raising min. wage causes businesses to hire less employees and hurts those that would benefit from those jobs. Unless, that is, if your idea is to go full communist and mandate the number of employees each company must hire.
    I know there are some lefties that post here that would love this idea. I hope you’re not one of them.

  12. PocketNaomi

    PocketNaomi GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @mickey1339

    And with those programs gutted by Republicans who don’t want to pay taxes, where do they go then? And more to the point, why should they have to? Anyone working a full-time job should be earning enough to support themselves fully on it; any two full-time jobs should be enough to support a family. If we set the bar otherwise, we’re encouraging corporations to unload their own responsibilities (that of paying their employees) off onto the taxpayers, when we shouldn’t have to shoulder the load. They’re making record profits; they can afford to meet their own payroll.

  13. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Walmart employees are so underpaid that they require $2.66 billion in government assistance each year in the form of Medicaid and food stamps. In fact, in some stores as many as 80% of the employees are on food stamps. So the low prices, which you really don’t always get, are being subsidized by our tax dollars. Doesn’t seem right, somehow.
    .
    Meanwhile, Walmart CEO Michael Duke earns more in one hour than a typical Walmart employee makes in an entire year ($16,800 an hour vs. $13,650 a year.) It doesn’t help that the company is accused of engaging in wage theft by refusing to pay proper overtime, refusing to honor the minimum wage, and making illegal paycheck deductions.
    .
    Walmart makes enough profits, over $15 billion a year, to pay their employees well and still laugh all the way to the bank. So why don’t they?

  14. Quipss

    Quipss said, over 2 years ago

    I’ll go talk to the union at my local walmart about this. wait…

    ohh i know my local Mcdonald’s union. Hold on…

    live in maid’s union… nada.

    ok, so you are saying that people making more money makes them poorer. doublethink perfected.

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/02/news/economy/low-pay-jobs/index.htm?iid=HP_LN

    Minimum wage boosts consumer spending, which in turn can work to increase wage for jobs near the new minimum wage.

  15. josefw

    josefw GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Raising the min wage is just a temp fix for those receiving it. It will drive up the cost of goods, so everybody will pay more. The fix is creating job demand, forcing employers to pay more than min wage to lure employees during an “employee” market. Right now it’s an “employer” market.


    It’s all about supply and demand.


    More people working = More tax revenue, less welfare, less food stamps, less Medicaid, etc.


    Washington should be focused on Jobs, sadly they seem to get distracted if a spider drops from the ceiling.

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