Minimum Wage : A Larger Number Of The Us Essay

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Minimum Wage A larger number of the U.S. population thinks that raising the minimum wage will make a major difference in poverty levels and the quality of life for the unskilled workers. The perception is incorrect of the way minimum wage works. Raising the minimum wage will not benefit people because it creates unemployment, negatively affects the poor, makes goods and services more expensive, and majorly effect small businesses; and when considering raising the minimum wage, we must also consider what we define as poor and how that definition affects minimum wage.
To begin, what is seen as being poor and how does this definition affect our opinion of minimum wage? The Census Bureau considers the poor or impoverished as people that are not able to provide a family or themselves with nutritious food, clothing, and reasonable shelter (Rector). With that being the standard of the poor, there is a very small number of the 37 million and climbing number of people in the U.S. considered poor. The impoverished may not live a life of leisure, but they are far from being deprived. In the U.S. 43 percent of people considered poor own their own home, with the average home being a three- bedroom house with a garage and patio (Rector). This amount of room that the poor American has is more space than the average living size in Paris, London, Athens, and many other cities throughout Europe (Rector). Now that this is known, why is the current minimum wage not enough for people to…

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