In today’s press conference, President Obama said Republican opposition to Obamacare is mean-spirited and stems from the core of the Republican philosophy which willfully tries to deprive thirty million Americans of health insurance. In other words, they are nasty people who are selfish and have only their own interests at heart.
In contrast, that would lead one to believe that liberals who hold a diametrically opposed opinion are just the opposite – warm, caring, loving people who want the best for all of us. Well, let’s run with that theory and see how it impacts one discussion that is currently on our radar screen – the Federal minimum wage.
The recent strikes by McDonald’s workers over their wages and the statements that the company itself has made “that they don’t know how people can support a family at the minimum wage rate of pay” have fueled this discussion. Certain of our concerned liberal friends have suggested raising the Federal minimum wage from the present $7.25 per hour to as much as $12.50. I believe these people are missing the point entirely.
The Federal guidelines prepared by HHS show that a household of four, (in the old days they described these as a family of four), would need an income of greater than $23,550 per year in order to avoid being classified at poverty level standing. An increase in the minimum wage to $12.50 would put the bread winner at an income of only $26,000 per year – assuming a forty hour work week. That is just 11% over the poverty level.
Is this the American dream that our liberal friends have in mind for our minimum wage workers?
If we really want to inspire people to get to work and feel fulfilled in their chosen vocation, I believe we need a greater incentive than barely exceeding the poverty level to get people on board. Therefore, I suggest that we raise the Federal minimum wage to no less than $50.00 per hour. And if we really want to make an impact then we should make it retroactive say back to 2009 when the Chump in Charge first took office.
Consider the benefits we would gain by doing this.
First, we would give incentives to people who currently can enjoy unemployment benefits for 99 weeks to get off their duffs and go out and look for work. The savings in reducing the number of unemployed people might just pay for this program in and of itself.
Second, those pesky foreigners who are willing to work at low pay, taking the jobs that Americans spurn as being beneath them, would be put out of the market and would probably go home. This will save us countless hours of loud and cacophonous debate over immigration reform which will probably be too confusing to listen to anyway and just might interfere with our schedule of viewing reality television.
Third, (and I admit this is my favorite), there wouldn’t be a single fast food restaurant left open in America which just might cause us all to learn how to cook more nutritious food and, in the end, would save us from the self-inflicted diseases which our poor food choices bring upon us – thus bailing out our healthcare system.
Who says that conservatives don’t have a full supply of largesse running through our veins?