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  • scarbrobill scarbrobill Dec 6, 2013 9:54 AM Flag

    Hourly wages no need for . . . .

    gov't interference. I have no problems with people making 7.25 or 10.00 or 50.00 dollars or more per hour. What I do object to is the gov't telling me what I must be paid or how little or how much I will work for. Wages should be my decision not the gov't.
    I agree MW is not enough to support a family and my heart cries. Whose choice was it for you to have a family if you couldn't afford it? .

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    • Raising the minimum wage solves nothing. It contributes to inflation and soon after it is increased it must be increased again. No matter what government does to increase wages the amount of production stays the same. Soon after the increase, everybody's pay is increased and the cycle resumes.

    • Here is where the rub comes into play. If a person can work in an air conditioned Walmart starting at $15/hr, why would they want to work in that hot factory or mine or anywhere where the work was hard. The Real problem today is many workers are too easily satisfied. They will not move or do much to advance themselves. I'm sure I will be bashed for that statement but that's the facts. Making low pay and getting lots of government handouts is too easy. In other words the government is supporting and encouraging these workers to stay in low pay jobs.

    • My problem with the low MW is that those employers are being subsidized by you and me ... since their wages do not cover basic food and shelter, we must pay for food stamps and EICs ... $7.25, in real terms, is about $11 decades ago ... I would support that level (not the unrealistic $15 demand) ...

    • "I agree MW is not enough to support a family and my heart cries. Whose choice was it for you to have a family if you couldn't afford it? "

      Many of those with families that are now in low wage jobs once had good paying jobs. I live in a town that was opening a new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant at the same time a General Motors plant was closing. Here's an excerpt from a newspaper article from that time:

      "Managers interviewed each of the 1,600 applicants when they applied in person, then candidates were called back for a second and often third interview, she said. About 120 people now work at the sports bar and restaurant at 2929 Milton Ave., she said.

      It’s just one sign of the competition job seekers face during a recession in an area with the state’s highest unemployment rates. Employers and officials say applicants might find their resume in a stack of hundreds. Trained, skilled people are applying for jobs they typically wouldn’t during good economic times."

    • Why shouldn't the government have a minimum wage? They make many rules for the good od society and this in just one of them.

    • Lots of people that have families have lost their jobs thru no fault of their own. Companies cut back, go broke, move. It's not always a choice. Either you have never had it rough or you are incapable of empathy.

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      • Empathy has nothing to do with wages a company pays.
        I've dug ditches for MW, bagged groceries, worked in a factory and in a bowling alley. It was my choice to do that work. Those jobs and salary that I didn't like I quit and moved on..
        Most of my life jobs were rather low pay, but I paid to put 3 people through college. No gov't help.
        I do not feel sorry for those that do not try to better themselves but wait for a gov't handout.

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