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?