OT: Raising the minimum wage doesn't work.

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If you don't understnnd the difference between an employer deciding on his or her own to increase wages and the government mandating it, there really isn't any reason to continue the discussion.

And also put some people out of work because it was more efficient and needed fewer people (per vehicle).

Driven by the desire to make more money by reducing worker attritition, in other words economic reasons instead of political. Makes all the difference in the world.
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On 1/27/2014 8:46 PM, Kurt Ullman wrote:

Discussing anything with a leftie is purely for sport.
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On 1/27/2014 9:46 PM, Kurt Ullman wrote:

Milton Friedman's discussion on how it discriminates against blacks and those with low labor skills and only benefits unions:

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On Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:18:37 -0500, Frank

That's precisely why Democrats insist on increasing the minimum wage. It keeps them on the plantation so they'll continue to be reliable votes. Anyone with a hope of bettering themselves would tar and feather any Democrat.
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Malformed doesn't. He's *that* stupid and has proven it with every post.

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On Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:54:45 -0800, "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds"

One thing that wasn't mentioned in your article was the skill level required for the manufacturing jobs in question. These are definitely not "entry level" positions.
I betting most of the burger flippers and others, in one of the many true entry level jobs today wouldn't even show up for the second day of work at the blue oval factory.
Therefore, he didn't raise the minimum wage -- he raised the wage for that job classification to eliminate turn over.
One of the biggest problems today that the idiot in chief is perpetuating is high unemployment because of his socialist policies. With high unemployment there is a surplus of workers. Who, in there right mind, would pay premium wages when they could get many qualified workers for lower than normal pay?
To correct this problem the anointed one would have to change his policies on Keystone, corporate tax rates, his beloved Obamacare, his handouts to solar companies, the draconian regulations on the coal industry and many of his other policies. But then he would be admitting he was wrong. We all know that never has or never will happen.
Unfortunately, we still have three rough years ahead.
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I'm all for it if the gov't. puts the top 1% on the same wage. It would be a hell of an experiment :o) MW should have been $10 10 years ago. Folks shouldn't cry about raising MW AND all the folks on food stamps....it's one or the other, IMO.
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So why didn't raising the minimum wage 28 times since its inception in 1938 get them out of poverty and/or off food stamps? Could it be that raising the minimum wage increases costs which increases prices which puts them right back to where they were (besides impacting everyone else)? Some of the data here might be of interest to you...
http://www.heritage.org/research/testimony/2013/06/what-is-minimum-wage-its-history-and-effects-on-the-economy
If we want to reduce poverty, we need to inspire people to learn more, work harder, work smarter and to spend what they do earn wisely. And even if that should happen, there will still be poverty.
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On Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:08:19 AM UTC-5, dadiOH wrote:

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And in addition to that, the libs always assume a static situation. The person on min wage today is going to be on min wage for 40 years. And that they are supporting a family of 4. Statistics show that the overwhelming majority of people earning min wage are teens, those just entering the work force with no kids, no families, doing it part-time, etc. Anyone with some motivation can move up from a min wage, without the govt. If anyting, if the govt was smaller and taking less of the employees money, they'd be better off.
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On 1/28/2014 9:08 AM, dadiOH wrote:

Along with getting the government the hell out of the way, and out of our pockets. I still cannot fathom how it is that people in the U.S., in a short period of time, came to think that income taxes, by the Feds, *is* a normal state of affairs. Much less payroll taxes. Stupid people...
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Why? Makes no sense other than to soothe your personal biases. Seems like a really bad way to make policy.
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On 1/28/2014 10:37 AM, Kurt Ullman wrote:

Of course it doesn't make sense, but my sense of humor just takes a turn now and then....
What I don't get about repugnicans is how damn rigid they are about money; we need a service economy with living wages. Not only do folks have stagnant wages to struggle with, they have s--- dumped on them with temp jobs, limited hours and no benefits. Just work harder and move up the ladder? Not when most of the mfg. economy is in China or Thailand or Bangladesh. In spite of all the crap, Americans are still most productive.
Folks can't work when they are sick, and they can't afford health care when they don't work....you consider them all undeserving and lazy? What's the answer?
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First of all define living wage in some non-subjective manner. Secondly, if we add to the mininum wage, how is that going to do anything other than move the jobs elsewhere or to more automation. You can't pick a number out of your hat and think the economy will bend to your will because you are Right (excuse me-- Left) and Good. Pres. Obama's increase of the minimum wage for fed contracts is a perfect example. First of all it is largely just for show because of the sheer number of exemptions and the relatively low number of people who will be impacted. But most importantly, he can't increase the amount of money in the pot. So (and this is the part that is being studiously ignored) for every $ added to contract A, there is a dollar subtracted from contract Z. So, he may actually end up costing jobs because he is deciding pay by fiat.

Putting a bunch of them out of work by making the job too expensive doesn't seem a good idea.
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On Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:04:59 PM UTC-5, NorMinn wrote:

"repugnicans" are rigid about money? What in the world does that mean? As for pissing and moaning about "repugnicans", the Democrats controlled the WH, Senate, and House for Obama's first two years. They could and did pass everything that they told us was going to fix the economy and make everythig wonderful. The key things they wanted, $800bil stimulus, Obamacare, extended unemployment benefits, they got. They even got their tax hike on Americans. Now after 5 years of that under Obama, with the Democrats still controlling the Senate, you want to blame the economy on Republicans? Good grief!

Obama told us he had the answers, he got what he said was gonna fix everything, so why ask us?
The answer is a pro-business president with policies that create JOBS. Who's blocking the Keystone pipeline? Who shut down all drilling in the Gulf because of one accident? Who had the labor dept screwing Boeing, by not allowing them to open their new plant that employed 3,000 in SC, because a union in Washington claims that it was unfair? Who raised taxes that hit many small businesses where new jobs are created? Which country has one of the highest corp tax rates in the world?
Stop doing things that are stupid, that's part of the answer.
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As for your opinion, An OPINION is a sincerely held belief NOT based on facts. So, then, if one has an OPINION, one does NOT have facts.
You think increasing the bottom pay and decreasing the top pay is a good thing? If so, you must also believe that a socialist, classless society is the answer to all economic problems.
Having said that, I can only assume that you believe people who work hard and become rich, or others that haven't necessarily worked hard but inherited wealth should have most of their possessions stripped from them and given to those who worked hard but weren't fortunate to make the right decisions or those who didn't work hard at all. Is that correct?
If you believe that then you must be opposed to rich people, the real job creators, creating wealth for everyone because of the trickle-down effect. Rich people often achieve their wealth through hard work and they wouldn't have an incentive to work hard if they knew they couldn't keep a large proportion of this wealth.
Did I say anything that was wrong Norminn?
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I dunno. Every job where I've had to work with the Boss's Son, I've leaned toward confiscatory inheritance taxes. ;)
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Cindy Hamilton wrote:

Hi, Not all boss's son is like that. My BIL(kid sister's husband) is a son of big big boss of major oil company. He never worked there at any time during school years or out of school. He went his own way, started a successful consulting company, now sold it, retired at 58 with enough to last. I'd rather put maximum wage, minimum wage doesn't do much.
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Then he's not the Boss's Son at his father's company.
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On 1/28/2014 12:40 PM, Gordon Shumway wrote:

Wrong. Lots of informed people have opinions; sometimes opinions are shared and bring about change. Of course, many uninformed people also have opinions.

That was merely an attempt at humor; sorry it bewildered you so.

Lots of uninformed people make assumptions, which are on par with uninformed opinions.

Wrong again. Just like to point out that job security, living wages for hard work, health care don't appear from pixie dust sprinkled about by corporations.

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