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Contrary to popular belief, one of the most compelling reasons for raising the minimum wage is because it could help U.S. business.

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Editorial, Pages 16 on 05/03/2014

Print Headline: To get more, pay more


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  • GoodMorningUncleSam
    May 3, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

    "A living wage is a first step. At $7.25 an hour, many employees may not be motivated to give it their all. After all, what’s in it for them?"

    My dad raised me to give a full days labor for a full days pay regardless of the wage. While I did start at the bottom, I did not stay there long because of my fathers teachings! If only we could bring back an ethical America

  • JakeTidmore
    May 3, 2014 at 8:09 a.m.

    Does ethical mean now paying 75 cents an hour like they did 50+ years ago? Does ethical mean paying a wage that keeps you in poverty? Does ethical mean having citizens unable to afford healthcare when most other civilized nations see that all their citizens have healthcare coverage? Does ethical mean praising a man like Cliven Bundy for stealing off government land? Does ethical mean maintaining a military budget that swamps the nation with debt to pay for questionable wars and military actions?
    Does ethical mean being responsible to the environment? Does ethical really mean ethical when some say it or is it just an empty word tossed into their conversational salad as an ornamental flavor to distract us from how stale and limp the greens are?

  • Barmus
    May 3, 2014 at 11:22 a.m.

    I think Mr. Silverstein's theories would carry more weight if I could convince myself that he had ever started a small business with limited funds and borrowed money and had made a success of it.

  • NoUserName
    May 3, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.

    The majority of minimum wage workers are younger than 25 and less educated. Furthermore, a significant portion work in the service industry and are supplemented with tips - something the minimum wage numbers DON'T include. This is an answer in search of a problem. The solution to getting out of minimum wage is really quite simple. Of course, the problem seems to be that the solution rests with the individual. And naturally we can't have that. Incidentally, I recall UAMS offering an entry position for a degree holding scientist at ~$12/hr. What should THAT salary be if minimum wage is $10/hr?

  • GrimReaper
    May 3, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.

    Once again knee jerk Jake shoots himself in the foot with a diatribe ending in an indictment of...........himself.