Patrick Thier’s April 14 column on the minimum wage defies logic. Thier appears to be arguing that paying someone a living wage constitutes some form of charity and, moreover, de-incentivizes them to boot. How providing people fair compensation results in “destroying of the human spirit” is more than I can fathom. As for how the “lower earning class” will spend the extra money, has it occurred to Thier that they might just spend it on necessities, such as food, clothing, rent, gas, etc.?
What kind of society have we become if we regard paying people a living wage represents, as Thier holds, “placating the lower-income population”?