Raising The Wage : Negative Outcomes Essay

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Raising the Wage: Negative Outcomes.

Rachael Francisco earns just above the minimum wage working at a local fast food establishment, and she needs every penny. Like most Americans, she struggles to make ends meet, making Rachael feel like she is falling even further behind. With her current wages, getting to the point where she could scrape by paycheck to paycheck would be more of an improvement than where she is right now. Every day she wonders, do I have money for gas? My rent? Rachael, like the millions of Americans around her, thinks she needs a raise. A raise, all though small, could be the deciding factor that sends millions of Americans into joblessness and poverty.
The forty-fourth president of the United States, President Barrack Obama, has made raising the minimum wage a centerpiece of his campaign to attack “income inequality”. In President Obama’s most recent State of the Union Address, President Obama called for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next 3 years. Along with the mass amounts of governors and state officials across the country that are also insisting on an increase in their state minimum wages as well. Although the idea is politically popular, the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that increasing the minimum wage would do very little to reduce poverty or income inequality. The principle of raising the minimum wage is one many people can get behind. American’s are led to believe all it takes is the passing of a law and a little bit of…

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