Minimum Wage Should Be Legal Essay

1518 Words Apr 8th, 2016 null Page
According to Jeffrey Dorman, contributor for Forbes, in 1980, 15 percent of hourly laborers worked for minimum wage. Today that number has dropped to 4.7 percent. From that small group, 31 percent are teenagers and 55 percent are 25 years old or older. Minimum wage was designed for the 31 percent that consists of teenagers working in their free time for a little extra cash aside from what is given to them by their parents. By no means was minimum wage ever intended to support a person solely, much less support an entire family. “Here 's the deal, you are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earning enough for gas, fun, and hanging out with your equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life-long profession, you have failed. If you don 't want minimum wage, don 't have minimum skills” (“Minimum”). Minimum wages, whether at the state or national level, should be left as is to avoid inflation, to maintain job availability, and to maintain a fairness between salaries of military and other public service careers.
Minimum wage should be left as is to avoid inflation. Inflation is defined as a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money. Jeff D. Opdyke’s research states, “Inflation does, in fact, correlate with minimum-wage increases – especially when wage hikes are large and occur after a long stretch of stagnant wages.” Another article discussing the relationship of minimum wage and…

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