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Minimum Wage increase takes effect today
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, July 21, 2007

The sign says:

Instead of fair pay, however, he'll be glad to accept a government mandated wage.

Yeah, that's fair.
 
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Actually, the minimum wage increase takes place on Tuesday, July 24th. The first stage of it, anyway.
 
Written By: Rob
URL: http://sayanythingblog.com
That guy looks like he’s in his 40’s. If he’s still making minimum wage at that age, he’s an idiot and doesn’t deserve that much.
 
Written By: Jamie
URL: http://
"Hard Work deserves Fair Pay"

well, yeah. I dont hear any reasonable person arguing otherwise. In fact, any honest survey would show and all hard workers are infact earning more that minimum wage - in many instances far more.

The argument I hear from the left is quite different however. It is tantamount to everybody has a right to a living wage. Hard work disappears, deserves is replaced by right, and fair pay is no longer subject to market forces, instead foisted upon employers by bureaucracies that think cable and flat panel TV’s are a necessity.
 
Written By: bains
URL: http://
That guy looks like he’s in his 40’s. If he’s still making minimum wage at that age, he’s an idiot and doesn’t deserve that much.
You have no idea what that guy’s story is. Pray that you are never down on your luck and have to get a job the pays MW.
Lest some blog commenter calls you and idiot.

Idiot.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
"Hard Work deserves Fair Pay"
Sure, I’ll buy that. But the question that arose in my mind is whether he also believes the reverse:

"Fair Pay deserves Hard Work"

I can tell you from personal experience that a lot of union members don’t feel too much sympathy with that viewpoint.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
URL: http://
"You have no idea what that guy’s story is."

No, and neither do you. All we have to go on is what we see in the picture. Given the very "preppie" style shirt and sweater he wears and his reasonably groomed appearance I suspect he is reasonably educated and capapble of working at least a middle-middle class office-cube-farm type job (one that probably sucks but pays reasonably well).

Now if this were a picture of a disheveled, bedraggled aging hippie type I might agree with your assessment.
 
Written By: D
URL: http://
I don’t care what that guy’s story is. I’ve worked for minimum wage and figured out that getting marketable skills was a better choice. Heck, I was making $128.50 a month in the Marines. Nobody owes me a living.

Maybe he’s one of those trolls hired by the unions to shill for this stuff. Like the guys picketing outside Walmart, agitating for a union. They couldn’t even get union members to picket; so the UFCW hired people off the street to picket, and paid them rather poorly to boot.

If the Walmart employees wanted a union, they’d have one.

The minimum wage went up, union dues went up. The lawyers say it in Latin, but it generally pays to ask yourself "who benefits." Who pays?

 
Written By: MarkD
URL: http://
"You have no idea what that guy’s story is."

No, and neither do you.
Well of course I don’t. And nor do I care. But of course, I’m not the one calling this guy and “idiot”, despite the “preppy shirt”.
Now if this were a picture of a disheveled, bedraggled aging hippie type I might agree with your assessment.
To all that I can only say… Huh!?
What “assessment”?

I only point out that Jamie does not know whether or not this man is an idiot.
He may very well be. He could be one of those “short bus” guys that collect shopping carts. Or he could be an otherwise educated or skilled person who is just down on his luck.

Yet another anecdote:
I have a friend who was an in underwater construction. He made good money. But an inner ear problem forced him from the business. And while he went back to school, he had a MW job at a local fast food restaurant.
He is middle aged, he made MW, he is no idiot. And he dressed nicely. Go figure.

But I find it typical, that some of you would predetermine this man to be an unskilled, uneducated, ne’er-do-well idiot.
And I find it most troubling, that the loudest calls against MW consist of the wails and hollers from those who “don’t care” and would deem anyone in their waning years who earns MW to be “idiots”.
You deserve every label of callous that the Left dons you in.

If your insentient balking at MW earners summons no sympathy from someone like me who doesn’t necessarily agree with MW laws, imagine the acceptance you’ll receive from those who do.

But you keep it up. See how far it gets you.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
"Fair Pay deserves Hard Work"

I can tell you from personal experience that a lot of union members don’t feel too much sympathy with that viewpoint.
Why should they ? In a world where some warbling teenager earns a lifetime’s wages in a day, or a trustafarian slouches from one 1st class cabin to the next, or some bloke pockets a fortune every day simply because he owns shares, why should anyone be principled about work = reward, when it clearly doesn’t ? Union power (collective bargaining) is just another market force....and just as valid (actually far more so) than capital ownership.....
 
Written By: Blewyn
URL: http://
"why should anyone be principled about work = reward, when it clearly doesn’t"

That will come as a major surprise to millions of Americans who have, through their hard work, been rewarded with a comfortable standard of living, and as a major disappointment to millions of foreigners who sacrifice to come here. Some folks win a lottery, most don’t. So what?
 
Written By: timactual
URL: http://
Plenty of people work hard all the time, and are rewarded with subsistence. Others do no work at all, and have money shovelled at them. Work CAN bring reward, but by far the biggest determinant of reward is ownership. If ownership=reward is an oil tanker then work=reward is the little tug trying to push it aside. Why on Earth should anyone adhere to a principle of a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay when neither the level of work required nor the reward are in any way shape or form ’fair’ ? It seems to me monumentally hypocritical for conservatives - who are mostly obsessed with getting money for nothing (ie from owning stuff) - to posture about the principle of work and reward.
 
Written By: Blewyn
URL: http://
Blewyn, you apparently don’t realize that it takes money to own something. So, getting money from ownership is hardly "money for nothing". It takes a great deal of hard work to get into the position of owning something.

Yeah, there are a few people who skate by without working...but they are a very small percentage of the population, aren’t likely to pass any possessions on to their estate, and don’t invalidate the concept of work and reward.

Basically, if you are going to insist that someone pay you fairly for your labors, then you shouldn’t balk when he insists that your labors be worth what he pays you. Just because there’s a baseball player earning more than you doesn’t relieve you of this obligation.
 
Written By: Steverino
URL: http://steverino.journalspace.com/

 
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