The Minimum Wage Should Be Legal Essay

1784 Words Feb 5th, 2015 8 Pages
A major controversial topic in the United States currently is that the minimum wage is currently too low. Many protestors argue that families are not able to survive on it if one or both parents work minimum wage jobs. One side suggests that the minimum wage should be more than doubled to fifteen dollars an hour so that families would be able to provide for themselves and possibly even enjoy life. The other viewpoint of the argument is that the current minimum wage should stay the same as it is. Many business owners argue this case because they are not want to have to pay all of their employees more than double the normal rate. The current minimum wage in the United States is seven dollars and twenty-five cents. You can see that is neither high nor low when comparing to other countries minimum wages. “Currently Australia has the highest at over sixteen dollars per hour but Sierra Leone has the lowest official wage at 3 cents per hour (Boesler 2).” Some people may be jealous of Australia for what they get but they have to remember that people in Sierra Leone have to work 241 hours just to make the same as we do in one hour! Raising the minimum wage in the United States would devastate the economy because businesses would have to lay off half their work force to even out the rates. Also, fewer workers would mean fewer people going to stores and buying things, causing many businesses to go bankrupt. After all, it is already a tight budget for them to stay in business so raising…

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