The Minimum Wage Should Be Raised Essay

785 Words Nov 8th, 2015 4 Pages
President Obama conveyed in his State of the Union, “No one who works full time should have to live in poverty” (Holzer). Most Democrats will support the president’s message; however, most Republicans will strongly oppose it because it will lead to an increase of the unemployment rate. Politically speaking, we shouldn’t rely on politicians to tell us what is true or what is false about our own country’s economy. We should rely on our economists instead for factual information and statistics. My opponent believes in raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, with which I strongly disagree. I propose that the federal minimum wage should be raised to $10.10 at all. Raising the minimum wage could result in reduction of employment, slow job growth, and rise of general prices.
Who are minimum wage workers? They are from all ages and races such as a young white female working in a low-paying hospital to a high school student working in a fast-food restaurant. “About 64 percent of minimum wage workers are part-timers and about 3.3 million Americans are entry wage workers and make up 60% of the workforce” (Pathe). Also, did you know family households are the largest workforce and economy contributor in the United States? We need wage workers and the middle-class Americans to support the bases of our economy. So, ages 16 and up can start supporting their low-income family. So, they can survive above the poverty line.
Generally, when people think of raising the wage or…

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