I was not referring to those making minimum wage. I was referring to those not.Equal percentage for whom? Everyone making MW, would get the increase, across the board.
The skilled labor SHOULD make more than unskilled labor..period end of story. AND the distance between the two should remain at the same percentage. A person making minimum wage will only make minimum wage until their first review barring they suck at their jobs. They should not get an increase just because, IF the increase is not going to cross over into those with skilled labor that years and hours of tuition have been put forth to gain the knowledge.The skilled labour is already making more than those at MW, and many of the unionized ones get benefits and can negotiate for small increases in wage over different contracts. The MW's can't, which is why it's more fair to get them an increase through the State or Fed levels.
yeah we saw how well your logic panned out when the economy tanked with the rise in payroll taxes yes? The unemployment went down yes? Your logic is illogical.Again, hiring doesn't plummet, and costs don't go 'sky high'. That's hyperbole at best and disingenuous at worst. Again, more money in people's pocket equals more money going back into the economy, equals more businesses more goods or providing more services, equals more profit, equals being able to afford hiring or retaining staff in order to meet the increased demand, equals more better paying jobs, equals better economy, equals more tax revenues collected, equals better infrastructure and education and research funding, equals more jobs and a better and healthier nation.
Since WHEN??Trickle up economics...it works.
And to your last point...the situation currently is not that people aren't living within their means, of course some aren't i'm not saying that there aren't those kinds of folks out there, but the majority of MW's are even able to make ends meet let alone live outside of their means. The means for these people is not adequate enough at $7.25 an hour, when inflation and rising costs of living are factored into year to year basic expenditures for families.
People CAN better their circumstances if the drive is there....it is always a choice not to do so but to settle with the status quo. Those that make the sacrifice should not have to pay for those who do not. And a person working minimum wage does not need their one house, cell phone, big screen TV, gaming system etc etc. They can share and blend budgets. You know back in the day, having the largest house and moving out of the family compound wasn't all that important. That is a rather new ideal. You can't afford to live on your own and have all your gadgets? don't. figure it out...and improve your circumstances...because can't isn't a word it is an action....a mentality.
and yet having been in HR for many years I can tell you the work ethic of today is much lower than it was as recent as 10 years ago. And you miss a key point...raising the minimum wage won't even put a cramp in the rear end of a "corporation" but it WILL cripple the mom and pop.This in not a problem about people being lazy, or looking for a handout, or living more extravagantly than they should, it's about the fairness of receiving a living wage, especially at a time when many corporations are reaping record profits on the backs of MW workers. It's a people over profits fairness issue. There comes a time when people have to stand by and up for one of those two categories.
Jesus tells us to care for the sick, old and children. If you don't fall into those categories he'd tell you to get off your butt and make it happen.What would Jesus do? lol