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Julia Wotten @juliaw

@marlow I completely agree with you. $7.50 cents is basically 60 dollars a day if you work full time.

It costs that much to fill up your gas tank once in some places! How are people expected to live on that? Rent prices keep going up, gas prices keep going up, food prices keep going up, health care costs keep going up. Everything is going up up up.

Why aren’t our wages going up?

I don’t understand how people can agree that the prices of basic necessities to live such as housing, food, gas water, keep going up, but don’t understand why the minimum wage goes up.

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Peter T. Burke @peter-t-burke

@marlow

Why would anyone plan to be living their life on the Federal minimum wage?

If the Federal minimum wage is not enough – why not go get a job that pays more?

Could it be that jobs are being priced out of existence by minimum wages that drive union scale wages?

As the cost of labor goes up the demand for labor goes down. Walmart has announced a wage increase to $10 an hour across the board – and a reduction in full time hours from 40 to 30 hours per week – and a reduction in force of 20%. That should really help.

I am looking forward to the automated Wendy’s, McDonald’s and KFC that are moving into my area. The expectation is that 20% to 30% of their minimum wage labor force will be freed to search for fulfillment somewhere else at somebody else’s cost.

When I was 20 the minimum wage was $1 an hour. It is now $7.35 an hour.

How’s that working out?

By the way, when the minimum wage goes up I know I will be increasing rents because I will be assured that the tenants have more money to pay with.

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Peter T. Burke @peter-t-burke

Oh, well looks like I am not going to be able to upload any images.

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Julia Wotten @juliaw

@peter-t-burke plenty of people work on minimum wage. Contrary to your believe, minimum wage employees are not solely in the fast food industry. Many people in sales, administrative positions, farming, maintenance, transportation, the list goes on and on.

Most of the people on minimum wage are young, and just starting out. They don’t have the experience to go get the kind of job that would afford him a livable wage.

While most people on minimum wage are young, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have the same living costs as older people. We know that young people are facing hard times right now as far as the job market is concerned, so a lot of young people are turning to work minimum wage jobs rather than find a higher salary position, they can’t compete with all these old timers with tons of experience.

Unless they are lucky enough to have mommy and daddy helping them out, they are on their own. It’s tough out there.

Have some compassion.

Large companies can afford to pay more. They should be asked to pay more.

Your comments about them reducing people’s hours, its terrible. I think that we as consumers should hold these companies more responsible for their actions through our purchasing power.

The problem is that so many people don’t care.

I personally love shopping at companies that I know treat their employees with dignity. Starbucks for example. They give their employees free school, health care, great wages, great training, they are really a great company. I love Starbucks.

McDonalds and Walmart, not so much.

cc: @marlow

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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com

@marlow
@peter-t-burke
@juliaw

I think this excerpt from one of the links below tells a lot about how corporations and even small companies will handle this situation.

{This is all basic economics, really. As costs of labor increase the added cost must be offset. In order to satisfy operating costs, produce a product consumers want to purchase, and still turn a profit, it’s perfectly reasonable for a company like McDonald’s to look for cost-cutting alternatives. As Forbes pointed out, the added pressure to increase wages only serves to expedite technological solutions.}

http://middletennessee.forums.rivals.com/threads/raising-the-minimum-wage-causes-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-to-install-kiosks-ushering-out-workers.2889/

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/mcdonalds-replacing-cashiers-with-machines/

After fast food restaurants are forced to raise their prices their business’ will drop way down. I know I won’t eat out. I’ll just fix a sandwich or something at the house.

How can raising the minimum wage to such a ridiculous amount not be a bad idea?

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Peter T. Burke @peter-t-burke

@marlow
@juliaw
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Julia,

The reason that I know that the minimum wage was $1.00 in 1966 is that I was a ranch hand (a fence rider) and I was paid $1.00 an hour for 40 hours per week, 160 hours per month. No mommy or daddy since I was 12. I worked to survive.
It wasn’t “luck” it was hard work.

Have some compassion? I do – just as much as people have for me. When I lose money due to the workers stealing or the tenants moving out with the rent due will any of you help me cover my losses?

I invest in companies like Yum Brands, Pepsico, and Coca-Cola to make a return on my investment. That is where those corporations get the money to fund the business – it is called “equity financing” as an alternative to “debt financing”.
When I lose money I pull my investment so you better believe that the management team pays attention to the inefficiency of the workers.

I sold my ranch that represented my life’s work and accumulation of material wealth that supports me. I invested the proceeds – and you want to take what I worked for and give it to some minimum wage worker? That’s not going to happen. They did nothing to help me get what I have why should I give the government money so they can afford to rob me?

When ag wages went up I moved from 3-row to 16-row equipment and eventually to 40-row equipment. The field hands went from 200 plus seasonal workers down to 6 operators. What happened to the wives and families of the workers? They moved to the governments welfare.

When was the last time you, or anybody else, gave even a passing thought to those of us who scratched and worked for each and everything we got. Up with the sun and to bed with the sun. I didn’t sit in front of a TV in the city waiting for my government check.

I predict that seriously hard times are coming. If the people on the bottom think it’s bad now wait until real “Hard Times” gets here.

I live in a small town and over the past 20 years I have gotten to where I just about don’t buy anything locally. Thank God for Amazon – no more arguments with some minimum wage worker at the cash register.

Eat out? Why? I have a 1500 watt microwave and a full kitchen what do I need restaurants for unless they are really something to talk about – so much for the arguments with minimum wage worker at the local fast food.

This goes on and on. The moving finger having writ moves on. Change is coming and we might as well say “Winter is coming.”

Quid pro Quo. I can hire for cash and the workers don’t report the income so they can keep getting their government checks and benefits. A fair wage is the amount agreed on between a willing worker and a willing employer. The only person who needs a minimum wage law is somebody who can not, or will not, make it worthwhile to an employer to pay them more.

I like Starbucks also. Have you looked at the prices that go with what the people there are getting paid?

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@juliaw

Okay Marlow it’s your discussion topic. Jump in and tell us what you think. We are here for you, we have been carrying it, now it’s your turn to tell us what you think about what we have said.

Don’t just start a discussion and then bail out.

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