It’s already been seen in studies that Minimum Wage kills jobs. It also kills the opportunity for people to learn skills on the job because the more you have to pay to subsidize a position the more value you need out of it.
Right now we seem to live in a world where you can’t learn on the job anymore.
Minimum wage was never really meant to be a living wage or support a family. That it has become that for so many is tragic and a sign of the failure of our system, a system that in Canada’s case has allowed millions of good jobs to bleed to China and other countries that don’t even have a minimum wage and then ship up back low dollar junk.
Small business is screwed even more. Big businesses like Wal-Mart get subsidized. Our former Mayor and council here in Cornwall actually gave Wal-mart (via Smart Centres) a half a million dollars in corporate welfare to essentially move into a bigger store here in Cornwall while other communities fight having them in the first place.
What MW does is hurt low income earners and those on fixed incomes. It also creates an extra pool of taxes that the government collects. It’s heinous.
We need minimum incomes for those that need it the most. We live in a society that nobody should be homeless, hungry, and lack healthcare, yet we can’t say that these conditions truly exist. That is a failure and indictment of our system. It’s a sign of the systemic corruption of systems like Medicare which was created to save money via economies of scale.
Whose fault is it? Yours.
And we all will suffer until we start, one by one, to change things and hold those accountable that should be held accountable. People forget that their vote does count and change can happen.
Or they can take their cancer meds while watching TV with their illiterate children who may be considered lucky to get a minimum wage job in the future.
We need to change the channel. We need to wake up. We need to not applaud actions like raising the minimum wage blindly, which only causes inflation which is tied to salaries like those of teachers, fire fighters, and police.
Is it time? You can post your comments below.