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  1. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Except the employee’s bottom line won’t improve when Mall Wart cuts everyone’s hours back further, so they STILL have to be on Food Stamps when working there.
    Of course that means there will be fewer experienced people to try to stock the half-empty shelves…

  2. Enoki

    Enoki said, 10 months ago

    Kiosks, automated check out, and staff reductions here we come! What was the CBO’s estimate? Half a million jobs.
    Last time they made a major raise in the minimum wage in the state I live just short of 10,000 jobs disappeared.
    The worst of the lot were those held by the severely handicapped. Employers were given an exemption to hire them below minimum wage for simple tasks that gave these individuals self-worth and a sense of accomplishment while protecting their disability payments.
    Because the new minimum had no exemptions the companies employing them let them all go.

  3. ARodney

    ARodney said, 10 months ago

    In order to believe the conservative line on this, you have to believe that a significant number of modern companies hire more people than they need. Which flies in the face of the evidence. If the minimum wage goes up, they’ll pay more rather than lose business by not having enough workers. And I call BS on Enoki’s “10,000 jobs disappeared.” The minimum wage has been increased many times, and economists have thoroughly studied what happens, and jobs do not disappear. Poor people get pulled out of poverty, and perhaps payments to shareholders go down a bit.

  4. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    about right. I for one do not want mommy government dictating what the worth of an employee is to the company. You pay Minimum, you get minimum. If she wishes to make 3$ more, improve yourself. Everyone who is anyone started at the bottom one way or the other.
    And let me ask you this. Those mom and pop’s that are just opening, how is it “fair” to them? I mean I have known some and they will work 12 hours a day 6 days a week to keep the lights on. the 1st year or 3 is about keeping the lights on and building your name, your widget. Why should mommy government dictate to them, who are NOT making minimum wage on the many, many, many hours a week they work, how much they have to pay the help they might need?
    And just look at the teenage unemployment! Highest ever!
    Yeh raising the Minimum wage will minimize our country!

  5. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    No sour grapes..no envy. I’m retired with a pension and an annuity, so I don’t work, and DON’T get S.S.I. payments. Just reporting what happens at our local mall Wart.

  6. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Just look at the data. History makes it fairly clear that the 10.10 wage will probably do a lot of good and have almost no impact on jobs. Most of the rest is political BS on both sides.

  7. Ziveron

    Ziveron said, 10 months ago

    The same folks who shout about how there are no jobs are the same folks who shout that these minimum wage workers should improve their situation and find a better job. Where? It seems to me that a higher minimum wage will allow people to work less hours, giving them time to go to school to improve their situation and find a better job. In fact, I bet more jobs open up as a direct result of a higher minimum wage because some of the people currently working two jobs will only need one job. All those second jobs will become available to people who have no job at all.

  8. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Ziveron

    In fact, I bet more jobs open up as a direct result of a higher minimum wage because some of the people currently working two jobs will only need one job. "
    in the real world the jobs that the teenager would have done go to the next guy in the structure, plus those that are now making the higher min. wage will have to do the work of someone who has been there for a year or so just to get the value of work out of the person. So you end up with doing the $h it jobs and more work and more responsibility. Plus if it is hard to get into a job now on the ground floor, it will be twice as hard when the price of your job goes up. And I have not even touched on the inflation it will cuase in the job market making your money worth less.

  9. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Joadtom

    One person said it, no one has a reply…. the guy that worked three years to get to $10 an hour. Won’t he deserve a raise too? And all the people in between? It’s deeper than they say."
    Plus Obama is saying for fed workers. Unions use the minimum wage as a multiplier for what their base pay will be. Talk about an instant raise with out earning it. 8 times 2 is 16 vs 10 times 2 is 20, 4 dollar raise right there!

  10. bernardgarner

    bernardgarner said, 10 months ago

    The American economy used to be a rising tide that lifted all boats. Since Reagan it has only lifted the boats of the well off.
    Minimum wage earners are actually making less than they did in real terms than when he was elected. The American Gini Coefficient is now the same as Uruguay’s and is heading for banana republic territory. In the long run that spells big trouble for American democracy as the Republican Party becomes the party of the Koch brothers and their cronies on the Forbes list who now have as much wealth as the bottom 60% of Americans, up 20% in just the past seven years. Jefferson said that concentration of wealth and power leads to corruption. What will things be like in another generation when they hold as much as the bottom 70 or 80 percent?

  11. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @bernardgarner Since Reagan it has only lifted the boats of the well off.

    Minimum wage earners are actually making less than they did in real terms than when he was elected."
    And your point is? Your platitude is meaningless if your do not fit in the upward mobility that you once had when you did have lower entry level wages.

  12. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Ziveron

    All those second jobs will become available to people who have no job at all."
    If you can not even get a minimum wage job now, how in the world will you qualify for a minimum wage job once that job is worth more? Yes people might drop a 2nd job, but that would not mean more jobs open.

  13. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Adrian Snare

    How about this. We sell a product for the price it takes to bring to market. To do so we take out all the taxes at all the levels. That would increase take home pay across the board by 25-35%. You then use a 23% inclusive tax on retail products as your tax base.
    If you do that you can hire a person for what they are worth.
    FAIR TAX!

  14. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic “to treat all of their employees fairly.”

    You libs really like that buzz word “fair” wa wa wa it not fair, he not being fair, they will not be fair and it is up to mommy government to make it fair.. wa wa wa is all I hear every time I hear a lib spot off the the buzz word “fair”
    The next time Obama reads a speech take a drink every time he says “Fair”

  15. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    Say there are 1000 working age people and 1200 jobs being filled with 700 people, some working 2 or 3 jobs because they have to in order to make ends meet. The minimum wage goes up so 35 people can quit their 3rd jobs and 265 people can quit their second jobs. That does mean those 300 jobs magically disappear. "
    No but most jobs will be absorbed back into the ladder, And like I stated if it is the min.wage jobs that are being “freed” how is someone who can not get a min. wage job now to get a min. wage job then when the price of that job, the responsibility of that job, the hours of that job go up? raise the rate and two min. job become 1 full time job done by someone who already has the job.
    And if it is only a min. wage job you have to live on for any amount of time you are doing it wrong! If you are a parent and trying to live on min. wage? Well that is why Obama has double the welfare roles and the non participation rate is the highest since Carter. The employer has no responsibility to hire someone. They have a bottom line and unlike Obama who just declares his workers will make more, they can not just print more money.

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