Barrack Obama’s State of The Union Address of 2013 caused a controversy that is still a relevant debate topic. Live from the United States Capitol, Obama clarified his perception on the minimum wage in America. Obama insisted that minimum wage should be increased because it would be a means of social justice to many Americans. Many Americans live in poverty and Obama believes that raising the minimum wage would assist some Americans to remove oneself from living in poverty and assist the economy from disintegrating. After hearing Obama’s State of The Union Address of 2013 and reading many articles concerning the raising of minimum wage, I believe minimum wage should be raised because it would decrease poverty, keep individuals from under the table jobs, and cause a decrease in taxes. According to Gabrielle Karol’s article, “How Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help the Economy”, increasing the minimum wage would cause a decrease in poverty and debt for many families. An individual who works for minimum wage roughly earns 15, 080 dollars a year. Karol insists 15,080 dollars a year barley allows individuals to provide food and shelter for their families. Karol states, “A common definition states that the living wage should be high enough that no more than 30 % of take-home pay needs to be spent on housing.” With an increase in minimum wage, families who currently have one or more members earning minimum wage would be able to afford a car, afford medical insurance, pay utilities, and provide meals for their families; raising the minimum wage would allow families to afford the essentials in life (Karol). Not only would families be able to sustain a standard living, they would be able to pay off old bills and pay off the debt they have... ... middle of paper ... ...ning the minimum wage? There are so many individuals divided on the issue that we may not see a decision made for years. While proponents of raising the minimum wage believe that raising the minimum wage would be great for families and people in general, opponents believe that raising the minimum wage is not necessary because many people who earn minimum wage are high school students and it would be terrible for businesses. Also, opponents believe that it should not be raised due to inflation. If there is an agreement between opponents, proponents, and the government, there could be a universal agreement to raise the minimum wage. There already some states that have raised the minimum wage, and the government is most likely studying them to see if raising the minimum wage is best for individuals. But I believe time will tell what will happen with the minimum wage.
The shockingly low minimum wage in America is borderline unethical. Since the minimum wage was established in 1938, there’s been controversy about how much it should be. It was originally set at an amount that would allow workers to maintain a minimal standard of living (30 Days). Since then, the minimum wage has been raised 22 times, but this hasn’t been enough to support the same goal. Not only has inflation made minimum wage worth significantly less, but the cost of living has gone up. Two thirds of American citizens support raising minimum wage again (Mantel, 76), but some still oppose it, saying it would hurt jobs and the economy. Although raising the federal minimum wage would most likely cause some jobs to be lost, it should be raised because of the positive effect it would have on poverty rates, the economy, and the individuals living on it.
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.
The minimum wage today has a lot of issues; some people say it is not enough to live comfortably. Many agree that there needs to be an increase in minimum wages and by doing that it can help with our issues of poverty. Statistics show that a worker who is full time and earning minimum wage makes only $15,080 a year, which is under the federal poverty line for a family of two. (Gitis, 2013) The problem with that is $15,080 is not a sufficient amount that a person can live and grow on. “A family of two can consist of a mother and son or daughter, father and son or ...
Imagine a world where you are working overtime, seven days a week, yet your kids are starving. You can’t get the education you need because you don’t have the time and money to afford it, and you can’t change jobs because this is the only one you can get. Unfortunately, this is the reality for millions of Americans living today. The federal minimum wage is too low to help families, and actually mathematically speaking, too low to survive on. The quality of life for minimum wage families is terribly low, and that is unacceptable. As humans, we should be looking after others and helping the poverty come out of their continuous cycle. Raising the minimum wage would not only help families be able to afford a better quality of life, but help them to afford healthy food, get an adequate education, and invest in the necessary health care they need.
This is exposed by Patricia Smith in the article Time Magazine for raise Patricia Smith states that economic policy institute estimates that an increase of $2.85 in the minimum wage would boost wages for about 28 million workers and would mean an additional $6.000 of income a year for those working full time. (Smith 3) however , it can be clearly shown that minimum wage should not be increased. My three example is the food prices would be higher . Workers get paid less than they get now. Because of Family’s minimum wages are decreasing then what they
The minimum wage being too low has been a public issue in America for generations. Basically, the debate includes two different opinions. Firstly, people who want to raise the minimum wage, and second, people who would rather is stay the same. The overwhelming majority of liberals are on the side that favors a raise. Additionally, a somewhat smaller proportion of conservatives favor the change as well, but for different reasons. The liberal opinion on raising the minimum wage is based on the idea that putting more money in the people’s pockets, will stimulate the economy, and decrease poverty. The problem that conservatives and liberals alike have with this, is that a few direct consequences are proven to apply when raising wages. Some proposed consequences include unemployment, inflation, and unfairness to higher educated people. Another main point is that raising the minimum wage is thought to helps small business by increasing worker satisfaction. This issue of minimum wage has become increasingly popular and important in current times, as president Obama has proposed the idea of raising the minimum wage of contract workers to 10.10$ per hour (about a 30% increase from the current 7.25$ per hour minimum wage). A large number of people consider this wage hike unnecessary due to the fact that today’s value of minimum is higher than it has ever been since the 80’s, and because the wage hike comes at too high of a cost. All things considered, the issue of raising minimum wage is not a battle of political parties and their agendas, its really a debate between everyone.
Minimum Wage is way too low. It does not help pay for needed expenses and wanted expenses, and it will help the economy and people get jobs. In fact, in an article by Roman Catholic clergyman John Ryan he says “ That a living wage was a basic right of the worker, not a benefit”(A.6). Particularly the minimum wage does not cover needs and wants. The income is too low. In an article by Jenny Jarvie it says “ several million low-income workers across the nation who
Minimum wage should be increased in the United States. With the increase of minimum wage their will be problems due to this, but there is a good outcome to this increase of minimum wage. When employees receive a higher paycheck, it takes weight off the government safety. It's also setting the future for the U.S. The bad thing about
I think there are many issues that obstacle the increase of the minimum wage act. One important issue is terrorism. Raising the minimum wage should be fine when the economy is doing great. However, the raise of the wages will be a disaster in the period of depression. Also, another point of view says the increase in the wages will force the work owners to raise prices, and reduce the staff workers to half, which may kill the jobs afterwards.
Minimum wage is a hot topic that is always being debated by many all over this country. According to Google.com, the definition of minimum wage is” the lowest wage permitted by law.” There are three laws controlling the rate of minimum wage being paid to a person. There is the federal minimum wage, state minimum wage, and local city or county minimum wage. There are many benefits just like there is much opposition to raising the minimum wage. This hot topic will always be a hard topic to agree on due to it creating the many different scenarios that will affect one group or another. It would be okay to raise the minimum wage if there were not so many consequences. Some of those negative consequences can be people getting laid off, while
"Raising the minimum wage will benefit about 28 million workers across the country. And it will help businesses, too - raising the wage will put more money in people's pockets, which they will pump back into the economy by spending it on goods and services in their communities." -- President Obama
In conclusion, I agree that the government should increase the minimum wage so people can make a livable wage to support themselves financially and would help for single parent families. There are also many problems that raising minimum wage can solve, but there will also be problems that minimum-wage can cause if it is increased. A problem that could made if the government decides to increase minimum-wage is inflation. Inflation is a very big reason why minimum-wage is not enough. Another solution is to get the President to focus on flattening the income tax and deregulate labor
President Obama is now backing a bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. According to David Cooper and Doug Hall of the Economic Policy Institute, “Increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2015, would raise the wages of about 30 million workers, who would receive over $51 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period.” Would this really help get families out of poverty though? Not to the extent President Obama is hoping for. This is because not all of those who work minimum wage jobs live in poverty. In fact, a majority of these workers are not in poverty and also do not have dependents to look after.
In the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts. An increase in the minimum wage has been a topic of discussion for many years now, and it looks like this year will finally see the first increase of minimum wage in 10 years. Not everyone agrees that there should be an increase, but many states have already raised their minimum wage rates because of the federal government’s inaction. Iowa raised the state’s wage, and it will rise again in 2016. Clearly there are benefits to a higher minimum wage; the current minimum wage in the United States should be raised because it helps the economy by increasing employment, and it is now at the lowest value it has been in more than 50 years, causing hardship for earners of minimum wage.