Democrats have long pushed for higher and higher minimum wage laws. They argue that people deserve to make more money for their labors and on the surface the argument sounds great. After all, who doesn’t want to make money?
Not that many years ago, Democrats called for a federal minimum wage of $12 per hour, but that never happened. Over the past several years, they have been pushing for a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour. They also argue that this is needed to help get unskilled workers out of poverty and to help them provide for themselves and their families. Again, it sounds great on the surface but an iceberg looks great on the surface also but the greatest danger is hidden below the surface. Democrats refuse to look at or acknowledge the hidden dangers of more than doubling the current minimum wage.
Some Democrat-controlled cities ignored the hidden dangers and passed ordinances, setting the local minimum wage at $15 per hour. Seattle was one of those cities that raised the minimum wage to $15 per hour, against the warnings of many economic experts. Seattle’s city officials contended that raising the minimum wage would close the ‘income inequality’ gap along with helping people struggling to survive. So, what happened in the first three years?
“Seattle’s first-in-the-nation $15 per hour minimum wage law is hurting the workers it aimed to help, a new study has found.”
“The working poor are making more per hour but taking home less pay. The University of Washington paper asserts the new wages boosted worker pay by 3 percent, but also resulted in a 9-percent reduction in hours and a $125 cut to the monthly paychecks.”
“The law also cost the city 5,000 jobs, the report said.”
This is exactly what the economic experts had warned would happen with raising the minimum wage so high. Many businesses would cut employee hours and even cut employees. Not only that, but many places who employ minimum wage workers were forced to raise the prices to their customers, meaning that people making minimum wage would now have to spend more for many of the same things they purchased before the wage hike.
So, back to the original question – who should set salaries (which include minimum wage) – the government or employers?
That question was asked to a number of likely voters and guess what the overwhelming majority said?
According to Rasmussen Reports:
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that most American Adults (74%) think employers should determine what salaries are paid to individual employees, not the government. Just 12% disagree and think the government should make that call, but 14% are not sure.”
Is it possible that more Democrats are starting to realize what happens when the government forces employers to pay higher wages? Are they starting to see that the economic policies of the Democrats will only hurt them instead of helping them?
One thing every Republican running for office this year needs to use in his or her campaigns is the fact that it was Republicans who put more take home pay in their pockets and if Democrats get elected, that tax cut that helped them may end sooner than expected.