• Government-mandated minimum wages hurt the poor and unemployed

    When you look at the poor in America, do you know what factor is widespread?

    They are not in the workforce.

    The best way to escape poverty is to get a job.

    Ask yourself a question. Seriously, actually ask yourself this question: is it better for a poor person’s future to be on welfare, or to have a job?

    It’s an important question because in the United States, politicians have decided that it is often better for that person to be on welfare. They have made it ILLEGAL for an unemployed person or one on welfare to take a job for less than the ever-rising, government-mandated minimum wage.

    But every minimum wage law passed in the states and by Congress has two giant loopholes: jobs exported to other countries, and jobs replaced with machines, are EXEMPT from minimum wage mandates.

    That is a big part of why so many jobs have left America and gone to China, India, Mexico and elsewhere, and why a smaller percentage of Americans are working now than at any time in the last 30 years.

    It’s why when you call a business, your call is often routed halfway around the world: to escape America’s government-mandated wages and other job-killing regulations. It’s a big reason why every toy in the toy store, and every craft in the craft store, is made in China.

    Nothing kills hope faster than joblessness. Studies show someone out of work just six months is, a decade later, still economically behind otherwise comparable peers who did not have a jobless period.

    An unemployed person at the bottom rung of our economy needs a job – any job – to start building a record of diligence, hard work and reliability. And to learn those life skills that only showing up on time every day can instill.

    So if you think you are kind and caring because you support higher minimum wage mandates, think again. Sure, you will help some people get a raise, but you will crush other people’s lives in the process. And the people harmed are often Black and/or Hispanic, communities who have unemployment rates far higher than those of Asians and whites.

    It’s not compassionate to tell someone who can’t get anyone to hire them at the current minimum wage that you are going to raise the minimum wage even further, making it that much harder for them to find a job.

    It’s time to end our mindless support for more government mandates, and instead adopt smart policies to grow jobs IN AMERICA and replace idleness, welfare and government dependency with a culture of work and opportunity.

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    Minimum wage hikes kill U.S. jobs

    Picture these four actual people.

    One is a salesman who is making more money every year. What does he sell? He sells self-service checkout machines to supermarkets and dollar stores, and self-serve ordering kiosks to fast-food and quick-service restaurants. His business is growing every year, but it used to be a hard-sell. The Chinese-made machines are expensive, and businesses were worried customers would be annoyed by not having an actual worker help them check out or order.

    But every time the minimum wage is increased, the salesman finds his job gets easier: his machine is more cost-effective, and the competition – paid employees – get more expensive. So he is now shopping for sports cars and is thinking about a bigger house. He is a winner in the new economy.

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  • Minimum wage debates distract from what would actually help the working poor

    An absolutely extraordinary amount of political and media attention is given to minimum wage debates. Every day, dozens of new stories and blog posts appear about minimum wage proposals in states, cities and in Congress.

    Of course, the issue never goes away because once a minimum wage is hiked, advocates begin seeking the next increase. It also stays in the forefront because it polls so well – the public consistently supports minimum wage hikes – so can you really blame politicians and Big Labor from talking about it all the time?

    There is, however, one exception: when people learn that the minimum wage kills jobs, the support plummets to a more even partisan split. The media deals with this by almost never conducting a poll that addresses job loss. Media problem solved!

    But all this attention on a measure that kills jobs while only helping a couple percent of workers, has significant negative effects. Foremost among them, it crowds out most discussion of measures that would actually help the working poor and the unemployed.

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