I am an American, but most of my family lives in Australia. Australian minimum wage at fast food places like McDonalds in is $15.00 an hour. They also get four weeks paid vacation, and universal health insurance. The minimum wage is set each year by an independent "Fair Pay" commission that reviews all of the nation's economic data, and decides to either freeze it or raise it. It was $10 an hour in 2004, so it's gone up 50% in 9 years, while in the US it's gone from $6.55 to $7.25, and the GOP fought that raise, and in fact wants to lower it. Imagine that.
Things do cost more in Australia because those labor costs have to be passed on to the consumer. But the Aussies aren't complaining, because they make a livable wage. They'd rather pay more because they're paid more, then make slave wages and have no choice but to buy cheap goods like in the US. They have more dignity and self-respect because of that, and are much happier and less envious of the rich than their demoralized American counterparts. Also, Australia has experienced a recession in 22 years.
Labor is valued there, while only capital is valued in the US. And by the way there are many very rich Australians. America has a lot to learn about creating a broadly prosperous, more equitable society. But I don't think it will. It's too greedy and arrogant.
History has shown that minimum wage increases have had negative impacts on low wage/low skilled workers. Undeniably. There have been more than 30 time series studies done in the US since 1970 that have studied the correlation between minimum wage increases and employment for low wage/low skilled workers. The majority of them show a negative correlation.
And one more time folks,,, the law does not punish you for breaking the law it punishes you for being STUPID
History has shown that no minimum wage increase has ever raised unemployment. Despite increases in inflation, the minimum wage has not increased since 2010. Companies are making record profits while employee wages stagnate. We're not just talking about fast food workers, this also includes bank employees and employees working for companies making billions per year. Our government pays over $7 billion in benefits to minimum wage workers who cannot afford to put food on the table and provide health care for their children. Let the customers of those companies pay the full cost of the employees of the businesses they patronize.
"People will have more to spend. Historically [raising the minimum wage] is one of the best economic stimulators we've ever had," Evans said. "Economically it's great for big business. It's also incredibly good for smaller businesses."
If this statement is true why stop at $9 an hour. By this logic $25, $50/hr or even more will be even more benificial in helping economic growth. Too bad your kids will never be able to find a job because adults will have no reason to leave these simple jobs. After all, why go take a job that requires you to take on more responsibility and stress or pay for education when you can make the same money handing out happy meals. Every small start-up business I've seen can easily afford to pay their employees 15, 20 or 25 dollars an hour.
Here is how it plays out:
Minimum wages are increased. Minimum wage workers celebrate. Some make irresponsible impulse purchases, most plan responsible ways to spend their new money. Businesses that hire minimum wage workers immediately look for ways to offset increased costs. As labor is typically the largest cost input for employers, these businesses will layoff as many as they can. Some businesses will not lay off any, some will layoff several. Undoubtedly, there will not be an net increase in employment. Many businesses will not be able to layoff many, or any, workers and will proceed to pass on the new costs to the consumers. Inflation is now up.
So let's recap: Employment levels are down. Inflation is up, effectively eating away at least some, if not all of the purchasing power of their newly increased pay. So, ultimately, little has changed except employment is further down than before. Sure there will be a short period of very limited increased economic activity, but it will be undone and then some over time.
Low minimum wages are necessary! They are good for young people (primarily teens) to begin to work, and are useful in enticing people to gain additional skills/education in order to move on to better paying jobs. If these people were worth more money, they would be earning more money. But their jobs require little skill and there are plenty of people that can do it.
I'm not a fan of the current state of income inequality, but this is not the way to fix it. This is a social problem that can not be fixed by legislating higher incomes.
Go ahead and dislike my comment. It doesn't make it any less true. It just makes you a fool with your head in the sand.
Hmm, well let's see....the middle class is eroding, workers make less than their parents did...(yet corporations have record levels of cash), AND the U.S. is not a family friendly culture to begin with.
Try telling your boss you have to leave early to watch your kid's soccer game.
We're #1, We're #1.....
But hey...at least I can buy shiny baubles 364 days a year to dull my depression.
Now this may just be an 'Alleged Grinch' that's desperate for some holiday joy.
It would be interesting to know what she stole previously.
Move the bus stops away from outside dining. Agree with smaller buildings where you can still see the hillsides and less shadows, better cell reception. Definitely need a better public trams system (extended hours, elect?, etc)
Boise cops are all pussies. A bent finger hardly warrants a felony charge. I've been ruffed up by Boise Pig department and I can attest these cops are nothing but steroid filled thugs. Likely she was only trying to defend herself against BPD's ruff handed abuses.
And trafficking is a life sentence in Idaho. Time to end the Drug War. Sending these people to jail for life doesn't accomplish anything.
'Idaho has the sixth-highest suicide rate in the United States'
The highest suicide rates in the US are in the West.
Here's a list of 1st to 6th highest in the US:
So...The three whole states that are included in John Wesley Rawles American Redoubt are in this list. Idaho, Montana & Wyoming.
All three of these states are also red states, but it's probably just coincidence that the blue states typically have much lower suicide rates.
Could an extreme emphasis on self-reliant, independent, rugged individualism, with its tendency to kick those that don't fit that mold, to the curb, be a key factor in the high rates seen in many 'conservative' states?
Or is it just survival of the fittest?
I love downtown Boise. Walkability is a wonderful thing to consider, understand, and improve. I also approve of trying to make the strange mish-mash of one-way streets (and sections of street) more logical. Are any of the people still alive who were responsible for creating the one-way tangle? And if so, are there tar and feathers left?
Roll 'em through and keep 'em in the Tar Sands disaster zone...for good.
And how about the Tar Sands workers, business owners, stockholders and bankers take up permanent residence on site, as well, nestled among their 'evaporator' forest.
But it worked in 'Gone in 60 Seconds'.
Maybe the alcohol alone wasn't killing him fast enough.
Well at least when he substitutes drugs for alcohol, while in prison, he won't have access to a multi-ton four wheeled projectile.
And he'll be able to pay for any damage to the pole while under the 'Forced to Work' program.
Oh great! Another bottom line candidate.
Well at least he's not a career politician.....yet.
And he appears to have an interest in education.
I wonder if he's been interested enough to discover the following:
If you've done any investigation into the history of the US public education system, you know that the Rockefeller Foundation's General Education Board was the prime driver in its creation.
Rockefeller’s foundation was about systematizing us.
In 1913, the Sixty-Second Congress created a commission to investigate the role of the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations, and of other corporate families. After a year of testimony it concluded:
"The domination of men in whose hands the final control of a large part of American industry rests, is not limited to their employees, but is being rapidly extended to control the education and social services of the nation."
And so it still goes.
The real crisis, or shall we say, travesty in education goes far deeper than the lack of enough funding.
The whole system has been intentionally designed to produce a compliant, pliable laboring class to supply the corporations with workers to generate wealth for the business and ruling classes.
The primary reason for the current deterioration of the system is directly related to the shifting of corporate production to other more compliant, more pliable, lower paid wage slaves in countries with social contracts similar to those desired by the 'compassionate' conservatives in this country.
Therefore, the corporations no longer have the need they originally did for legions of wage slaves in the US and funding for 'education' is gradually drying up.
The increasing debt and joblessness of today's college graduates is just another result of this current reality.
It's about time that the masses snapped out of the 'we just don't have enough money' trance and took a look at the real issues.
Folks, we're running out of time here.
By getting caught, these perps give 'free market' capitalism a bad name.
Maybe try investment banking next time, it's a lot easier to hide the goods.
Actually it was documented it left BEFORE 8 PM. It also veered off the road and onto sand which is not permitted.
This isn't happening until Thursday...
I understood your article until you threw in the para. about the $15 to restaurant workers - who said anything about raising it to $15? Did I miss that?
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