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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    That should work out well…..

  2. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    And the Boss pockets an extra $4.40. And complains.

    On the other hand, if you lower the minimum wage they WON’T hire more people, because they aren’t doing enough business to NEED more workers.

  3. ironic eggbeater

    ironic eggbeater said, over 2 years ago

    Err? Costco? Oh, and how could the lower paid workers buy their stuff? They can’t afford it.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    The people getting more money from increased pay will be able to afford to go to places spend it, especially those in school and still living with parents. In side by side comparisons, states that have raised the wage have actually had things improve in their states when compared to the state next door.
    Everytime the min wage has been raised people cried out that jobs would be lost, but the only thing that has lost jobs for people is outsourcing, the use of for profit prison labor, and automation.
    The real victim in all of this is the executives of companies who may have to take a 1% to 5% hit to their ten figure salaries and bonuses.
    I heard Mr. Issa of CA talking about how young people working in the fast food industry don’t need higher pay, it is confusing how a Congressman who leads an important committee is unaware that the AVERAGE age of people getting minimum wage is 29.
    On another note, I went to my local library last night and Scott Rigell, R, congressman of Va had one of his workers there to answer questions and get input. The worker said that because Mr. Rigell was against the gov’t shutdown, is still working to end the sequester, and was polite to Mr. Obama when he visited local businesses, Mr. Rigell is facing a threat to his seat from the right, not the left.
    I’m against his stand on many things, but I give him credit for being willing to compromise, which does NOT mean doing it my way.

  5. mrs1wing

    mrs1wing GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Dummy left can’t spell “minimum”….LOL

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    Yes, it will be so much better to buy fast food from a kiosk and automated burger machine rather than have minimum wage high school drop outs make it. At least the kiosk and burger machine can’t spit in your food….

  7. Habenero Hound

    Habenero Hound said, over 2 years ago

    Plan A: Tax the rich! That will save our economy!

    Plan B: Raise the minimum wage! The poor will save our economy!

    The math doesn’t work for either of those solutions. Taking every penny from the rich wouldn’t generate enough cash to dent the deficit. A job that pays $10 an hour still doesn’t take anyone to the middle class. Maybe we should make it $20/hour, hell why not $50/hour? Then everyone would be wealthy. Does anyone think that would have any negative effects?

    When something costs more, people buy less of it. That goes for labor as well as Dom Perignon. Businesses will hire less or raise their prices to offset their higher operating costs. That’s not economics, it’s common sense.

    This whole minimum wage thing is REALLY about keeping the goodies flowing so the low info, what’s-in-it-for-me voter will keep picking the Democrat.

  8. friendlygardens

    friendlygardens GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    This explains it really well for those that haven’t the mental ability or education in economics to understand what happens when you “magically” raise minimum wage almost double. That’s okay, you’ll just keep voting democrat and send the country further into the crapper. Soon there won’t be the strong country most of us loved once or the “evil rotten businesses” or “evil rich people” for you leaches to suck from and you’ll bemoan your way in life and wonder what happened. Atlas Shrugged and you’ll all be scratching your heads wondering where your candy train went.

  9. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    @Habenero Hound

    A minimum wage of $20 or $50 per hour is of course silly and not relevant in a meaningful discussion. It’s about what is fair and reasonable. $7.25 is too low and is due for updating after no change for several years. In Canada the minimum wage is set by province, but is generally around $10 per hour. The rate doesn’t seem to have affected employment opportunities or business practices in any visible way. Income disparity is lower in Canada and the government is in relatively good shape with more balanced budgets than deficits in the last 15 years and on target to balance next year.

  10. Habenero Hound

    Habenero Hound said, over 2 years ago


    $50/hr was hyperbole – exaggerating for the sake of making a point. I think most people would agree that raising the minimum wage to that level would have negative consequences. Why can’t they see that raising it to $10/hr will have the SAME effects. It’s just a matter of degree. Be careful about drawing direct comparisons between Canada and the US. There are significant differences in the way the two economies function.

  11. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 2 years ago

    To hire someone at $10.10 will cost the employer approximately $ 11.52. Including the hourly rate plus the employers share of Medicare and Social Security plus the Federal and State Unemployment taxes. Most employers will look for ways to cut that cost.

  12. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t think I EVER started even the most inept carpenter’s helper ouit at minimium wage…granted, I sent a few down the road kicking beer cans because they wouldn’t WORK, but for those who stayed the course, they got trained, got regular raises, and some even learned enough to become REAL carpenters and made good money. that kinda shoots down the theory of higher minimum wages elimanates jobs, huh?

  13. Quipss

    Quipss said, over 2 years ago


    These are economic supply and demand questions for practice.


    This is a wikipedia article on supply and demand

    Now you will notice in no case do you see that value of whatever product determines it’s cost, oversimplified

    Low supply – high demand = high cost
    Medium supply – medium demand = medium cost
    High supply – low demand = low cost

    Minimum wage falls into the later, you can make your employer 30$/h (This is normal for most restaurants and fast food in Canada) but you will be paid based upon what it would cost to replace you. Most Canadian provinces this is around $10/h

    Minimum wage functions as a large scale non-competition agreement.

    As for the estimates of up to 400,000 jobs lost, that less than 2.5 % of the 20 million who would see an increase of about 30%.

    Back to supply and demand an employer will not spend more money because it is cheap to do so. In both Canada and the US in my experience it is not uncommon for a fast food restaurant to hire as few people as possible at the cost of delays. Unless people actively stop coming it is a financial gain. This is not a bad thing, what is bad is using this as a false premises for why minimum wage will cost jobs

  14. wbr

    wbr said, over 2 years ago

    if min wage was raied for inflation it would be $4.05 now



  15. snarky39

    snarky39 said, over 2 years ago

    That is great news for employees of The Gap. What does it have to do with the hash slinger at McD’s?
    If I have to pay $15/hour for labor I was paying $8/hour, I will make sure I hire experienced, capable staff. The 16 yo HS kid and the 25 yo without a GED and no demonstrated skills is SOL. Increasing the minimum wage will price unskilled labor out of the job market. See for instance http://mises.org/daily/6630/The-Minimum-Wage-Forces-LowSkill-Workers-to-Compete-with-HigherSkill-Workers

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