The Effects Of Minimum Wage On The United States Essay

1819 Words Dec 7th, 2014 8 Pages
The cost of living in the United States has been increasing year after year while the minimum wage has not increased to balance out the change of more expensive living. Barack Obama says “Let 's declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour” (qtd. in Tennant 10+). He supports the idea of raising the current, $7.25, federal minimum wage. In America living a comfortable life includes being able to pay for all the bills, purchasing necessities, food, clothing, hygiene products, and being able to afford a few luxuries. The minimum wage does not even cover the minimum for comfortable living for many Americans whose only income is from minimum wage jobs. Minimum wage, the least amount of money employers are legally allowed to pay employees, no longer has the same value as it once had with the living standard cost increasing over the years; although some Americans see no need in increasing the minimum wage in the United States, an increase in income is a necessity for those struggling to maintain a comfortable life.
Teenagers work at jobs for the minimum wage for several reasons, some do it to save up for a car, a new electronic device, or just to have some extra money to spend at the mall, but others work these jobs with education behind their reason to work at a fast food restaurant, or as a cashier at a retail store. Michael Tennant’s article in The New American…

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