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The question is, “Will raising the minimum wage really make our lives better?” My first instinct is to say “no”. Many times in my life I have been one of those employees that made minimum. I have also been one that has made more. It doesn’t feel great when the minimum wage is raised and it matches, or exceeds what I’m already making but I don’t get an increase. That leads to strife amongst employees. I don’t think that Congress is taking into consideration this domino effect. There is a probability that employers are going to have to raise wages across the board. That would undoubtedly affect a company greatly. They would have to raise the cost of their products or services to cover the cost. So that gain the employee is seeing in their paycheck is costing them more at the checkout. How does that help?
Now if you had to earn your wage increase that might make a difference. But who would get to make up the requirements for that? Of course, I thought the same thing. We do have to earn our wage increases. That is those of us who work for a company that is still offering raises. I don’t know of very many out there. A company I worked for recently told me when they were interviewing me that I would get an evaluation at a year and then if I qualified I would earn a raise. After working for them for a while I found out that they hadn’t given out any raises for three years. False hope is what I was offered. Kind of like the false hope that employees are getting with this possible minimum wage increase. It wasn’t long before I lost hope of getting anywhere with that organization. Hhmmm, the same feeling I get when I think about some of the changes our government is offering.
Our country was founded on hard work. We have a lot of freedoms available to us that you may not get in another country. So we can’t just sit around and “hope for the best”. We have to get out there and ask for changes. Offer up some ideas. One thought, get an education. It’s one of those things that our forefathers wanted for us. You can’t always listen to the media and take them at their word. You have to do the leg work and find out what is really going on.
Minimum wage increases, help or not? I’d say probably not. Not unless a lot of other changes are going to be made at the same time. I don’t see that happening.