The Minimum Wage Must Be Raised

analytical Essay
2107 words
2107 words

"Plain and simple, Congress must act to meet the needs of our constituents. We can do that by strengthening families and increasing the minimum wage." -- Paul Tonko Poverty continues to grow in America. The average minimum wage in the United States is $7.35 an hour- far too low in today’s society. Key expenses, for example, gas and housing prices, have gone up significantly since the minimum wage was last changed in 2007 (Wagner 52). The laws creating the minimum wage were intended to improve the standard of living and decrease poverty. Raising minimum wage is a vital step in decreasing poverty and giving every family the opportunity to survive and succeed. Millions of hard-working Americans are below the poverty line and need an increase in pay. Minimum wage must be raised because it will diminish poverty and assist the working class to support their families. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt produced a progression of economic policies called The New Deal. One of those policies which, became known as the minimum wage, guaranteed that all workers in America earn enough pay to provide for their families. The New Deal marked the beginning of federal control of wages to make certain every worker be able to earn a living wage. The economic system was created by people, is maintained by people, and is constantly modified by people (Cunningham 52). In order to sustain a vibrant economy, the government needs to help the poor with their resources. The poor are poor not because they don’t work, but because government has failed to provide wages that American families can survive on. Cost can be an issue but the cost to subsidize the workers with low-wage jobs are higher (Kukathus 49). Acknowledging ethical and reli... ... middle of paper ... ...s, 2007. Gitterman, Paul. Boosting Paychecks. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Hart, Vivian. Bound by our Constitution. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1994. Kukathas, Uma. The Minimum Wage. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2009. Merino, Noel. Poverty and Homelessness. Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2009. Morris, Jenny. The Origins of Minimum Wage Legislation. Aldershot, England: Gower, 2002. Moss, Alan. Selling Out America’s Democracy. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2008. Nordlund, Willis. The Quest for a Living Wage. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1997. Ramm, David. Jobs in America. Bronx, New York: H.W. Wilson, 2006. Stewart, Charles. Low-wage Workers in an Affluent Society. Chicago, Illinois: Nelson Hall, 2008. Wagner, Vicki. Poverty. Detroit, Michigan: Greenhaven Press, 2014

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that congress must act to meet the needs of its constituents by strengthening families and increasing the minimum wage.
  • Argues that raising the federal minimum wage would contribute to a recession because businesses would be less likely to hire new employees.
  • Argues that the minimum wage is a vital step in decreasing poverty and giving every family the opportunity to survive and succeed.
  • Argues that large corporations exploit the poor by not paying them livable wages in order to increase the corporation’s profits.
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