The Minimum Wage Should Be Raised Essay

1045 Words Jan 29th, 2016 5 Pages
President Obama proposed to Congress in the State of the Union Address that the federal minimum wage should be raised from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour. He also remarked that “even with the tax relief we have been put in place, in which a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line….that’s wrong.”. “According to a poll taken earlier this year by the Pew Research Center, Americans are in favor of increasing the minimum wage from its current level by a wide margin (71% to 26%).” I represent one of those 71% of United States citizens who believe that the minimum wage should be raised. Raising the minimum wage will therefore rippling through the chain effect to raise the standards of living, the number of students educated to the college degree, and it will lower the crime rate throughout lower income areas, and the number of families that live below the poverty line. These are the effects of the theory of supply and demand and adjusting to inflammation. As Barack Obama stated: “A basic moral principle that most Americans agree on is no one who works a full time job should live below the poverty line, nor should their family. Yet over time we’ve seen significant growth in the “working poor” –people working full time, sometimes even 60 or more hours each week, but at such low wages that they remain impoverished.” Raising the minimum wage will improve the standards of living for these people who are hard working class Americans, but still…

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