I maintain that there has been no Government policy more instramental to the "Dumbing Down" of our youth than minimum wage.
The employment issue works itself out due to a employer must pay enough to attract workers in.
As far as the price of housing, still relevant. The minimum wage is closely tied to inflation. The price of housing, goods and services is high due to business being forces to pay employees more than they produce.
As for the minimum wage earners. If you do not like minimum wage, I suggest you try harder. Get some education.
Why should someone get paid a set wage and do not even earn the minimum wage due piss poor work ethics.
I barely passed High School. I did not come from a rich family, Yet I own my own business and I am far from minimum wage. I do not put in minimum effort and therefore I do not get minimum wages. I have invested in myself. When my buddies were wanting me to go to the bar with them and blow a paycheck, I was buying the tools for my trade. And it has paid off.
As for the "Dumbing Down" our kids today know that they can come out of school with ZERO skill at anything, no work ethic and have nothing but excuses. And someone is forced to pay them $7.25. Some States are higher www.laborlawcenter.com/t-State-Minimum-Wage-Rates.aspx
I maintain that if someone could not make a liveable wage by simply existing, that they would have to apply themselves a bit more to get some education or trade.
I remember apprentice programs, Work programs in High School. I have worked since I have been 8 years old starting with a paper route and cleaning neighbor's pools and mowing lawns. Agreed time was different, Federal Labor laws were different.
But I KNEW I was going to have to learn a trade. Or go hungry!
There is none of that anymore. Why worry about it. No matter what I can make $7.25 an hour.