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Friday, October 28, 2016

War on Workers

Photo: Joe Lustri via Flickr

The simmering debate over the minimum wage erupted on Thursday when hundreds of fast-food workers across the country walked out of their jobs in protest of their low wages, and marched in support of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour from the current rate of $7.25.

While Congress is extremely unlikely to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, congressional Democrats are considering a bill written by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), which would raise the rate to $10.10 per hour in three increments of 95 cents, then automatically increase it in the future by linking it to changes in the cost of living. The bill reportedly has the support of President Barack Obama, who had previously called for raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour.

Congressional Republicans have shown no interest in raising the minimum wage for the first time since 2007, but that is a major miscalculation. A minimum-wage increase would be good policy, and even better politics. Here are four simple reasons why Congress should ensure a living wage for every working American:

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  • Independent1

    “It’s a political no-brainer” Which kind of suggests that if Congress refuses to raise the minimum wage it will kind of confirm for most of us that our Congressional Representatives and Senators have NO BRAINS.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Recognizing that free markets will not supply law enforcement well does not imply that free markets should be cast aside in other instances.

  • Benjamin Dover

    If we are to advance, we must preserve the morality and liberty that enable prosperity and we must cast aside collectivism’s foul blight.