Thursday, November 7, 2019

Guest Blog Post: $15 Minimum Wage Won't Help Americans



Hi everyone! This is YoungPatriotRising. Thanks for letting me “guest star” on your blog, CBR! To begin, I write a conservative Republican blog. For too long, conservatives have been afraid to share how they really feel. The Left wants to hide the truth, and shut down free thinkers. I started writing to combat this injustice. Here’s the link to my blog: https://youngpatriotrising.blogspot.com/. Feel free to comment and share! Please subscribe (follow those instructions). Happy reading everyone!

Something you see Democrats running on is raising the minimum wage. A poll done by Hill-HarrisX shows Americans supporting a $15 minimum wage. Almost 30% of Americans support a higher minimum wage, but of a lesser amount. Raising the minimum wage is a terrible idea. Most of millennials and Gen Z support this, which is why they support people like Bernie Sanders. Economist Dr. Arin Dubes said this about raising minimum wage, “We don’t have [an ideal experiment] where we randomly assign different minimum wages to different labor markets, instead we have over two or three dozen states that have followed different minimum wages, and we have to track what’s going on to jobs and compare these states with other similar states.” In this post, I will be discussing why raising the minimum wage is a bad idea.

Having a $15 wage sounds like a dream! But that’s all it is: a dream. Realistically, a minimum wage this high would ruin businesses, specifically local businesses. There’s a local, family owned pizza place I have gone to since my family moved to Florida in 2005. Raising minimum wages on companies like this pizza place would destroy the business, and they would have to close down. About 15% of local businesses said they would have to fire employees in order to afford a $15 wage. Almost 30% said that if there was a $15 minimum wage, businesses wouldn’t be able to hire anyone. Local businesses will suffer if there is an increase in minimum wage, because they can’t afford these added expenses. Honestly, I prefer local businesses. I know that’s a typical conservative view, but I feel like you get more from local businesses. Not to mention, local economies will suffer because they will have to change prices, quality, etc. The law of demand in economics explains if price increases, quantity decreases. Most people are unwilling to pay substantial amounts for products; thus, businesses will lose profits.

Those advocating for a higher minimum wage do not realize something: less than 4% of the workforce are those who make minimum wage. Out of the 150 million people who are working, only 3 million make minimum wage. The ones who make more than minimum wage will have to either lose pay or be fired, so companies can afford the $15 minimum wage. Or, those who earn minimum wage will lose their job, because they are not as “valuable” as the higher earners, so this hurts those earning minimum wage already. Employers of any company always recruits the best. In my leadership class, my professor explained to us that when a recruiter sees you go to the University of Florida, they recognize one thing: you are among the best. Why else would you be accepted to UF? If minimum wages are hiked up, companies will not be able to hire everyone because they can’t afford so many people.

Research and data shows increasing the wages will only hurt the economy. If the minimum wage is increased, it can bring 1.3 million people out of poverty. This seems good, but it will also cause 1.3 – 3.7 million people to lose their jobs. Does raising minimum wage still sound like a promising idea, if it only helps a few people while harming much more? Absolutely not. It’s common sense. So what do we do to solve the issue of those struggling to live on $7.25 minimum wage? The answer is Republican-oriented. You have to reduce regulations, cut down taxes, and keep government out of business. Joe Harding, a local business owner running for a local political office said, “As someone who has worked in the private sector and built for the government, government is bad and inefficient at almost everything it does.” I conducted this interview in my post, “Republicans Should Be Involved in Local Politics.” By having these rules and regulations lowered, this will lead businesses to thrive in profits, which can be used to give employees a higher pay or increased benefits. That’s how you solve the issue of minimum wage. Give people the space to unleash their potentials without any rules or regulations!

In closing, raising the minimum wage should not be pursued by Americans. Democrats and Republicans alike will suffer. AOC worked as a bartender. Does she not understand a higher minimum wage will hurt those in the serving or hospitality business, as most of their pay comes from tips? Remember how I mentioned hiring people? Now, people who are getting out of rehab or prison won’t have a chance at getting a job, as employers will be pickier about hiring certain people, and aren’t worthy enough. Rules and regulations have no place in businesses. All businesses thrive without these rules or regulations! During an activity for my Sales Management class, my professor had us look up information about a local beer company to complete a SWOT analysis. The international students in my class found an “opportunity” for the brewery by stating, “The company would be better off targeting conservative places, because conservatives prefer local brands.” It’s so true. Now, I’m no hypocrite. I go to Starbucks twice a week while at school. Nonetheless, local businesses have been thriving with Donald Trump’s tax cuts, and more jobs have been created as a result. That is how you solve these issues. I said this earlier, and I’ll say it again: raising minimum wages won’t solve any problems.


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11/29/2019 - Comments are closed.

18 comments:

CBR said...

Young Patriot Rising, thank you for your guest blog post. Thank you also for posting my guest post on your blog -https://youngpatriotrising.blogspot.com/2019/11/why-i-left-democrats.html

Young Patriot Rising said...

Thank you for allowing me to do a guest post! Hope y'all liked it! And check out CBR's post on my blog! https://youngpatriotrising.blogspot.com/2019/11/why-i-left-democrats.html

Unknown said...

When we owned our business, which was small, we employed approximately 8-10 people. I know that isn't a large staff but we didn't really need that many. We traveled to various states selling high school marching band, color guard, percussion clothing, and novelties. We made a decent wage, however, we were only able to pay our workers minimum wage. Their duties mostly included being able to display the merchandise and handling customers and was seasonal.

Should we have had to pay $15 an hour when would not have been able to operate. Many times, if the venue was not profitable, we were not paid at all. Salary comes first to our employees. While a $15 minimum wage would have been feasible for larger companies and corporations, it would kill small business. A lot of the things we sold we made off season or we took orders.

Peter Meredith said...

Insightful and spot on. Having lived through who knows how many increases in the minimum wage, what's obvious is that the same people demanding $15 an hour will be the same people telling us that $15 isn't enough in three years. The same will be true at $20 and $25, since they don't want a minimum wage or a maximum one either. They want one wage that everyone(except themselves, of course) will make.

CBR said...

To Unknown: Thanks to YoungPatriotRising, I'm actually thinking about this topic. To be honest, I never really gave it much thought. ~~~ Thank you for sharing your story. It's becoming clear to me that the $15 minimum wage harms Americans, especially those with small businesses. Small businesses have been hurt in so many ways in America, such as with the God awful Obamacare.

CBR said...

To Peter Meredith: Thank you for your comment! OMG! You're so right. I never even thought of it that way. Yes, after a $15 minimum wage, they'll want $20. After a $20 minimum wage, they'll want $25. And on, and on,.

Castor Locke said...

"The ones who make more than minimum wage will have to either lose pay or be fired, so companies can afford the $15 minimum wage."

Exactly. Increasing the minimum wage will hurt the poor not help them.

CBR said...

To Castor Locke: Thank you for your comment. ~~~ This $15 minimum wage does nothing but hurt small companies. And, as you said, hurt the poor.

Anonymous said...

Look no further than Washington State and how the $15 minimum wage has closed many businesses down and how they’ve had to fire people.

CBR said...

To Anonymous: Thank you for your comment. Yes, that's a real-life example. I'm convinced that the $15 minimum wage is a huge mistake.

Angela Grace said...

To answer a question posed about if AOC didn't understand and mentioning she was a bartender. No. She doesn't. She would if she'd been ambitious enough to be bar owner.

Angela Grace said...

Also, I've owned and ran several businesses. Neither I not anyone I've known in business wants to pay the least possible. We wanted to pay what people are worth because we all benefit from it. But the more that minimum wage changes and the more government regulation is put on pay, the harder that is because the economy doesn't keep up usually for an average business. With those wages goes up a lot of taxes on the businesses for the pleasure of employing others, a lot of overhead that is not seen by the employees. Everyone's taking a cut of the profits from City, county, state, federal, regulatory bodies, insurances, etc. Sometimes that's based on wage amounts. Business is taxed to death. If you have a $250k small business with employees, you're lucky to see a paycheck yourself if materials are involved, even giving minimal benefits.

It's easy to over simplify the problem to make a sole proprietor look like they're rich to get votes with the promise of free money. But that money is always coming from somewhere, and usually someone, else.

REAL numbers should be posted to allow people to make educated decisions on whether they truly want that minimum wage hike that will likely cost them and others their jobs, tax money to the programs they benefit from and overall less money circulating in the local economy. Too many parasites will eventually kill the host.

CBR said...

To Angela Grace: Thanks for your comment. AOC has an agenda, and that's what makes her so disingenuous. She'll lie about things that don't align with her agenda. But yeah, she's not the sharpest tool in the shed.

CBR said...

To Angela Grace: Thanks for your second comment. You make some really good points, and it's good to hear from people, like you, who have actually owned businesses. Yes, "real numbers" need to be analyzed to get an honest and clear evaluation of a $15 minimum wage.

Angela Grace said...

Most welcome. This is one of the topics I am passionate about. I worked plenty of employees with no education, no ambition to increase their skills to increase our profit and earn that higher wage. Also worked plenty who would be bold about the fact they thought I owned a business, must be rich and hiding it, and because they worked were entitled to more. I had some who also would listen to the situation and invest their time and effort, working WITH me to learn skills that allowed for more profit to give them a cut of in the form of a pay raise.

Just increasing the minimum wage that much for the hell of it? No, that's a recipe for economic disaster. You're essentially scaling the entire economy up at that point and inflation with match it, leaving everyone right where they were to begin with on the bottom rungs but everyone above them will be less well off in proportion to how much the bottom was scaled up. There are no short cuts on this topic. You're your own talent, invest in the business of you to be more marketable and make more profit via hard work, skill attainment and/or education and climb the ladder. It's the only way without taking everyone down together.

CBR said...

To Angela: Thanks so much for coming back to comment! I love this - "You're your own talent, invest in the business of you to be more marketable and make more profit via hard work, skill attainment and/or education and climb the ladder. It's the only way without taking everyone down together."

Young Patriot Rising said...

Angela, I loved what you had to say. This high a wage will cause people to lose jobs. This is how the Democrats could gain control. Think about it: The more people without a job, the more people dependent on the government. When Obama was president, millions of Americans were on welfare and food stamps, depending on the government to pay for everything. With President Trump in office, more African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and women have gotten jobs and aren't dependent on the government. That's why no Leftist will applaud this. They want complete control. Whether or not anyone agrees, the Left knows a higher minimum wage will cause a job decrease and an increase in governmental dependence.

CBR said...

Wow! Excellent comment! Yes, leftists want to keep us poor and dependent on the government to gain control. It's sick, really.