The fight, to nearly double the minimum wage pay, is still being fought despite its inevitable effect on cutting jobs. Even those who claim that raising the minimum wage won’t cost jobs know deep down inside it will. Trying to turn fast-food income into a “living wage” is a ridiculous concept.
Does it not sound crazy to pay burger flippers $15 an hour, in a job position that a trained monkey can do? If it takes less than a day to teach you how to do you the job, how the heck do you believe your hour of work is worth more than $8 an hour. IF you want to support a family you need to go to college or learn a trade that will pay you $15+ dollars an hour.
Sometimes it takes a while to convince people obvious concepts, but they eventually come to understand reality and the limits of what go along with it.
The reality, isn’t fond of paying a $15 minimum wage. We can look at studies predicting the consequences of a $15 minimum wage to prove our point. Just look at unemployment rates in European countries. Those with a minimum wage vs. those without one, it paints a clear picture of mandated minimum wage’s and its effects.
Just because you want a $15 an hour pay doesn’t mean you’re gonna get it. One Baltimore mayor learned this hard fact last week.
As the Washington Examiner reported:
Standing behind a podium emblazoned with her city’s logo, last week Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, a liberal Democrat, reversed her position on increasing the minimum wage and announced her decision to veto legislation that would raise it.
In a union questionnaire signed during her campaign for mayor, however, Pugh addressed the very initiative she would come to reject, writing at the time, “I am aware of the current initiative to raise the minimum wage in the City Council to $15 per hour and when it reaches my desk I will sign it.
It did, and she did not.
Just short of four months into her term as mayor, Pugh took to the podium on Mar. 24 to explain her unmistakable flip-flop in the same language routinely deployed by fiscal conservatives. Like watching Margaret Thatcher’s words come from Meryl Streep’s mouth, Pugh’s meek, and uncomfortable, recitation of her opponents’ talking points was transfixing.
Hiking the minimum wage, Pugh explained, would cause employers to flee the city and result in a loss of job opportunities available to Baltimoreans. Given the “economic impact” of the policy, she asserted it was “not appropriate at this time” to implement it.
Well, good for her for admitting that she was wrong and following the evidence, even if it’s not politically popular.
Many of those who voted for her will undoubtedly be angry over the veto – but at least they can be angry over it at a job they won’t lose as a result of it.
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