An argument I hear against raising the minimum wage, is that the minimum was only meant as an intro-wage. It supposedly is for those who are young and just starting out in the workforce. I thought, really?
The minimum wage was enacted in the U.S. in the late 1930s, under the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Now at this time, the Great Depression was still going on.
The minimum wage was to help the millions of Americans working at poverty wages because they had no leverage with employers, because of course so many people were unemployed.
Unemployment created of course, by rich speculators in the economy a decade previously, who were making huge profits a decade later, off of the average worker.
FDR's focus, and the other supporters of the minimum wage, weren't teens entering then non-existent fast food jobs. It was the average man, or woman, who had to support their family.
So there is no evidence or logic that the minimum wage was only meant to be an entry level wage.
Now, what about the argument that it was not meant to be a living wage? Well, some labor and union activists thought it should be meant as a living wage, and to a degree, FDR probably thought so also. But, even if it was not, so what?
We debate the minimum wage for the economy and problems of today, not the 1930s. The politicians of today were elected to meet the problems of today, again, not the 1930s.
Whatever were the intentions of those supporting a minimum wage 75 years ago, we aren't beholden to that today. After all, the minimum wage is not something to be interpreted in its intent, such as a Constitutional provision.
The minimum wage in Australia in U.S. dollars is almost $16 an hour, and that nation has lower unemployment. The minimum wage, adjusted for inflation, was higher 50 years ago in the U.S., then today.
Most employers who pay this wage can pay their workers more, and those who can't (and aren't just grossly incompetent) can receive tax credits or incentives. The time is now for an increase.
The vast majority of Americans agree with me on this issue, the question is, why aren't House Republicans, when even a majority of Republican voters agree the minimum wage should be increased?