the thing to realize here is that conservatives find the idea of paying workers a livable wage so absurd that they make hyperbolic comparisons like this
because fifteen dollars and hour and a hundred thousand dollars an hour both mean the same thing to them; more than you deserve
^That commentary is very important.
Not necessarily. There’s a balance that needs to be maintained in order to keep an economy sustainable. If the minimum wage were to fluctuate upward to the degree that’s being demanded, it’s going to set off a chain reaction, and a bad one at that. If lawmakers were to pass the increase, it’d make employers drastically cut their labor force in order to account for cost of labor versus profit. There’s going to be a mass surge for job hunts because ‘minimum wage is so much more, yay!’, but no one is going to be hiring.
Or, if they do, the competition will be brutal to the point of choking out so many people that the effort being put into job hunting will be made moot.
Yes the cost of living is crawling upward, and yes it would be nice to not have to fight an economy that is being managed not quite how it should be. But to pass a raise like this would be so much more detrimental, and the effects would reach far further and quicker than what they are now.
You want a job that doesn’t pay minimum wage? You want a better quality of life? Go and get it. The government, at it’s base purpose, was never meant to sustain the economic welfare of its people—that’s not how, nor why, it was founded. Not to exclude extenuating circumstances—everyone’s situation is different, and I get that—but today’s society has come to the point where they are largely reliant upon the government and, more importantly, what they can get from them.
Bear in mind that unemployment breeds unemployment. The checks you get from unemployment may not be the best, but they are more than you’d get for working minimum wage. It’s for that reason that so many try to play the system—if the government is going to pay me to sit on my ass, who am I to argue? That’s not how the system is supposed to work.
It’s hard enough to get a job without a high school diploma or a college degree, but many of the upcoming students going through the school system—the ones being brought up on ‘everyone’s a winner, it’s okay’—are being not only crippled to what the real world really is, but many of them are dropping out due to anywhere from finding school too difficult for them, or having babies while they’re babies themselves.
My point is that the United States was founded on hard work, not handouts—if you want a better job, you have to work for it. The above gifset makes a lot of sense in this regard—the proposal to raise minimum wage that high is ludicrous.