In an unforeseen turn of events by the “Raise the Wage” crowd in Seattle, the same government that is mandating businesses pay their minimum wage employees $15 an hour is now threatening to take away their government-provided subsidies for making too much money.
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In reaction, these same employees who were complaining about not earning enough to make a living are now asking businesses to reduce their hours so they can still qualify for the handouts.
As I’ve discussed before, minimum wage will never help anyone get out of poverty. Basic economics dictates that raising wages means businesses have to offset the loss by raising prices on their products. However, we can see now that many of those campaigning for a raise of the wage had never intended to leave poverty in the first place.
More money for less work was the key, and governments were only more than happy to acquiesce if it meant keeping voter loyalty. Essentially, the raising of the wage was politicians buying votes.
Along with other drawbacks – such as businesses closing, or coming up with various other methods of charging the customer more to stay in the black – the raising of the minimum wage has proven to be a useless gesture. Even welfare claims have changed little. According to Fox News, March saw 130,851 people enrolled in basic food services and that number only dropped by 475 enrollees to 130,376 the following month.
Businesses in other cities can expect the same kind of hardships as the trend continues to spread. New York is now moving forward with a wage hike of their own, following the increase in Los Angeles.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Brandon Morse has been writing about politics and culture across many websites for the last six years, with a heavy emphasis on anti-authoritarianism. Aside from writing articles, he is also known for voice acting and authoring scripts. He is an avid gamer, dog person, and has a bad habit of making vague references to things no one has heard about or seen. Follow him at @TheBrandonMorse on Twitter.
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