Holy shit, NOBODY has any UOs today?!I'll see if I can think of anything...
The idea that minimum wage could be $15/hr is BS. I get that McDonalds and cashiers at Walmart don't make a living wage. That stinks. However, I worked hard so that I could get a job that pays enough to live on. I have a doctorate and I teach. I have seen thousands of students who do not value education, do not understand the concept of respecting rules or being on time for anything. I am appalled at the possibility that in a few years these kids could be making more flipping burgers than I do as a teacher.
The tip discussion makes me miss Japan. Why? You do not tip. Ever. If you leave money on the table they will literally chase after you to give it back. Good service is part of the job. You should not have to be rewarded extra for just doing what is part of your job.
Rather than raising wages, I'd prefer to see more subsidies for things like childcare, which costs can rival college tuition or mortgages in many areas (my own, included). Caps on housing costs and health insurance premiums. Things like that. I'm not about keeping people down, I just believe in a different method of social justice. I don't think arbitrarily raising the minimum wage will accomplish making life more liveable for most. We don't *need* $15 an hour, we need basic necessities to be affordable to those who need to use them.
The problem with raising wages just means that everything else will be raised. And ultimately, we will all be in the same boat we are now. The people making the new minimum wage of $15/hr will still be living in poverty because cost of living will go up along with it.
In Seattle where the minimum wage was raised to $15, the only thing that happened was restaurants and coffee place's prices shot up. It's really expensive to go out to eat, so we go a lot less. No one really seemed to be much better off? Hard to tell.
If minimum wage jobs become more competitive, then these "irresponsible kids" will be out in the streets as opposed to flipping burgers. This will then cause a whole other issue that will have to be dealt with.
The minute business owners have to increase wages, prices will go up to "make up" for the extra income they will have to pay. It may not be for everything, but it will be for most including life expenses.
ignoscemihi I thought I would never pay $20 for a movie ticket either, so it is very possible that one day we might be paying $10 for a Big Mac.