Here we go again. Progressive politicians, with their hair on fire, are calling for an increase in the minimum wage. In order to benefit the poor, they are trying to convince us that we must increase the wages of household heads, now working for minimum wage. If $9 an hour is good, why not make it $50? That would insure a really good living wage, would it not?
Oh wait, if we raise it that much, the cost of goods and services would have to be raised too, otherwise the employers would have to eat the additional costs. Besides, many other professions, by contract, get an automatic raise in order to insure the required separation between union contracts and minimum wage.
In my day, admittedly a long time ago, the minimum wage job was intended for entry-level employees who were mostly students. It was an excellent way to introduce young people to the world of different business paths and what would be expected of them in their future. Facing the real facts, when you are employed at the minimum wage, you do not bring to the business table expert skills required by most employers. If we are to give unqualified employees more than they are worth, we are surely rewarding a lack of education and skills.