What is a "livable wage" and who defines what that is?
Without getting in to the rest of the post, this is an important issue.
Livable wage is one in which a family doesn't die and children don't get sick without government assistance.
I think the worst part about this whole ordeal is that no politician will admit that the low paying jobs is the new middle class. We can no longer address this as raising the wages of the lowest paying jobs in the country, but rather raising the wage of the most common jobs in the country. All this filler talk about job creation is complete bullshit for the most part. I hate the argument people my age (and adults) make, saying things like "well just start a business", "go get an education", "go get a valuable skill", etc... 1) It's not that easy. 2) Most of their parents fell into the category of having no real skills, but luckily for them there were factories that had lots of buttons they could push while still earning a pension. Between globalization, robotics, and other efficiency increases through technology, we've made the jobs that paid livable wages obsolete. Unless CEOs suddenly decide to take businesses back to the stone age, we will never see those jobs again. And that process is still occurring. Regardless of whether or not wages increase at fast food establishments and in retail locations, I'd bet my testicles that at least 50% (that's low balling it) of those positions will be automated before I die.
There is way more to this debate than just the wage. Other things that need to be discussed;
1) Having too many children
2) Having too many children too early
3) A society that is obsessed with spending money they don't have
4) A congress that has no interest in serving the people
5) A population that is convinced that the lack of jobs is somehow all Obama's fault
6) The fact that the six Waltons (Walmart is the largest employer in the US) have more wealth than the bottom 35% of people in this country.
That last one says it all. And the fact that people can't see that as an issue really boggles my mind. I understand the whole free market argument, but c'mon. What we are witnessing is the closest thing we can get to slavery in our society.
But it is a touchy subject for just this reason. I worked at a family owned grocery store as a cook for eight years. They have four locations. A minimum wage increase to $10 would be an extra $1.2 million dollars a year for the owner of that company. I can understand why people would be opposed to it. But my brain tells me to think about the greater good. What's more important? The 300 employees that work for that guy, or the 2.2 million people who work at Walmart?