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Most Americans Want a Higher Minimum Wage. So What's Holding It Back?


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Cal
- 282 days ago - theweek.com
Polls show 76 percent of Americans support a $9 minimum wage. That doesn't mean Congress will pass it.



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Sara V. (0)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 5:34 pm
- "When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it," said Boehner back when Obama mentioned a minimum wage hike during his State of the Union address in February. "At a time when the American people are still asking the question, 'Where are the jobs?' why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people?"

"It's doubtful his opinion has changed since then, meaning he would probably ignore a bill currently being drawn up in the Senate to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, with automatic increases tied to inflation." -

Since when is it an "opinion" that the cost of production is an important factor in a business' success? Most employers have slim margins already, and if they are forced to pay more out to their employees, something has to give. Usually that means fewer employees or benefits - not because the business owner is being selfish or greedy, but because they cannot afford them. So many people are in favor of raising the minimum wage only because the dollar is being devalued so quickly and it takes so many more of them to purchase anything. We are all falling behind because the world has been flooded with dollars.
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 5:49 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.
Just today I signed a couple petitions for a $10.00 minimum wage. This is going to happen--I just hope sooner rather than later. The million$ that CEO's are pocketing is way out of control! These greedy thieves don't want to pay their workers because then they couldn't buy their newest toys. If they'd been smart, they would've voluntarily paid better wages. Now, they will be forced to....along with closing many of those horrible loopholes allowing them to pay lower taxes than their own employees....who they are also loathe to provide benefits like healthcare for as well. Just burns me up!
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 6:19 pm
Thanks Cal.
 

ONBrakNoMESPLEZ D. (81)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 6:22 pm
This clown with the big smile is a clear sign that they are taker's!!! Conning the families and kids!
We sign every time and it still isn't enough.
Thank You
 

Ira Herson (13)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 10:26 pm
When Bill Clinton was elected the wage was increased.
Republicans said that it would be the end to small business.
It is a proven stimulus to the economy that when people at the lowest level of income have more money they spend it.

This can only boost the economy and create more jobs. When the rich get more money they save it. It only makes the gap between rich and poor wider.

When the increase went through last time it was one of the major factors that provided for more home ownership. The US economy was never stronger.

More disposable income for the lowest level of worker brings the highest level of return for the country.
 

John S. (300)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 1:25 am
Last time I checked, we were a republic, not a democracy.
 

Alfred Donovan (45)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 1:44 am
Whats holding it back is a bunch of unprincipled swine who have it and don want to share it with the have not:s.It's in their own self interest to keep the wealth to themselves and keep the rest of us in slavery.Look at the way the bankers almost bankrupted the worlds nations while they themselves escaped unscathed and awarded themselves huge bonuses for their failure.These corrupt swine should have been prosecuted for criminally instead many of them are still in their jobs.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 1:01 pm
in Australia the minimum wage is $16.37/hour for full time jobs and $20.30 / hour for casual jobs.
Why can't the USA do the same ? probably the greed of the 0,1% who owns the largest corporations !
noted, thanks
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 1:02 pm
forgot to give the source for my statement :
http://www.fairwork.gov.au/PAY/NATIONAL-MINIMUM-WAGE/pages/default.aspx
 

Birgit W. (144)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 2:53 pm
People need a higher wage. Otherwise they cannot survive.
 

june t. (65)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 7:30 pm
Many countries have raised their minimum wages and the sky did not fall.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 7:47 pm
Prices go up and so should wages. Thanks Cal
 

ONBrakNoMESPLEZ D. (81)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 8:42 pm
Now sure the companies say they have slim Margin to work with but they also have plenty to pay the CEO'S and the manager's Bonuse's so why not take care of the worker's??? So they don't have to rely on the taxpayer's, that's you and I, for the AID they qualify for, the company also get AID for having worker's that qualify for this! Now that's double dipping from the taxpayer here in case nobody realizes this! We keep these kind of companies in Business!
This will also build a better healthier menu!
The stories of the worker's are the truth!
Ask some of these worker's yourself!!
They want to tell you!
Thank You

 

Tom Edgar (56)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 10:55 pm
What would happen if you raised the minimum age 25%? and my recent trip in the U S A shows that would still be below the poverty line. You would stimulate the economy into overdrive as the poor would spend every cent of it.
Employers would have to put on staff to op[e with the extra demand on services and I guarantee that crime and discontent would both plummet.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 4:16 am
noted
 

Ben Oscarsito (353)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 11:08 am
$9 an hour...??? -Give me a break! Make that $15 an hour...for a start...
 
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