When you are pro-war even the abortion doctors call you "baby-killer."

2004-04-29

Minimum Wage is Evil

My wife works at a daycare, she gets minimum wage. All employees, regardless of experience or responsibilities (dealing with children from babies up to school-age) get minimum wage.

Why does my wife get paid the minimum? Because that is the legal floor for wages across the country for all jobs except a select few such as waitstaff in a restaurant. If there was no legally-imposed floor I would bet you that my wife could get more than the current minimum wage for the same job.

Why?

Because very few people would work for *less* money at that same job and thus there would be fewer people or more lower-quality people working for the lower rate at the same job than when they can negotiate their wages higher.

Removing the floor actually allows the employee to negotiate their wage by floating up and down as the market dictates. Right now all hourly wages are based off the minimum as a reference. You make $10? That's a little under twice minimum wage. There is very little wiggle room when the employer tells you that you are lucky to make double minimum wage! You take it or leave it.

And why not make minimum wage $10 an hour? Or $20 an hour? Why stop there, why not set the floor to $40k a year. That's a pretty reasonable level of comfort.

Is your cost of living fixed with a minimum value? In some parts of the country the cost of living is several times that of the others. Southern states not on the coast may be cheaper than the western states not on the coast, the coasts are all insanely high. To "fix" this inequality the minimum wage is artificially raised; the quality of work or people doing the work doesn't change - they simply get paid more.

No one ever dares reduce regulation or lower taxes, the problem is people don't get paid enough money to PAY the taxes, levies and fees!

Higher minimum wage has an unintended side effect of pushing up all wages, after all you can't continue to offer someone 20-30% more than the former minimum wage when minimum wage itself has been raised 30% or more.

Costs must be raised to cover the artificial increase in wages, but if you do you get accused of price gouging. Intellectuals sit around and cluck approvingly of artificial wage increases, but you will catch all kinds of hell if you charge more for their lattes and sushi to pay for the wage increases they demanded!

And why is the cost of living so high? Could it be all the taxes and regulations imposed on the property owners? Taxes that get sent to the "working poor" who have three tvs with cable, two vehicles, free health insurance (paid for by the property and business owners)? It's actually better to be poor in our society now with all the perks and leeway you get!

You can get secondary education or job training for just about anything practically for free when you are poor, you never pay for doctors or your drugs. If your rent is too high you can get HUD to pay some of it for you. About the only thing you won't catch a break on is a car, of course you can always use slow/inconvenient public transportation to go and cash your welfare check.