Should Minimum Wage Be A Crime?Submitted by Treubig on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 22:53
Politicians love to get votes by claiming they help people by raising the minimum wage. They claim that raising the minimum wage is good so people can have a livable wage.
Anyone who has put some thought to the subject can see how criminal this concept is.
Wages are determined by ones productivity. If the minimum wage is $7.50 per hour, people who are low skilled and whose productivity is worth $0.01 to $7.49 per hour are not able to work by law. It has become illegal for young people, handicapped or low skilled people to work.
The fast food workers are demanding $15.00 per hour minimum wage. If they get their way, they will protest themselves out of a job. Anyone whose productivity is between $0.01 to $14.99 per hour will not be able to work by law. This will be in every job market that pays a wage under $15.00 per hour.
If you pass laws forcing low skilled workers and young people out of work, people are most likely going to try to make money in illegal ways. This increases crime and creates a revolving door for people into prisons.
Another note on the subject is when young people work for low wages, the learn skills that they can use in the future. The best time to learn how to change oil or a tire on a car at a gas station is when people are young and not needing the low wage to support themselves or a family.
The big question:
Should the politicians responsible for passing minimum wage laws be criminally liable for destroying peoples lives?