Regarding the minimum wage, why the move to increase it or tie it to a liveable wage? First off, no one should be living above their means.
Secondly, just how many people will this help with a liveable wage? Do teenagers living under their parents roof really need a wage they can survive on?
According to the bureau of labor statistics, 3.6 million people earn minimum wage across America. Of that number, 1.7 million are over the age of 25, while 943,000 are between the ages of 19 and 24. It is unknown how many of those are the ones relied on in their family to pay the bills, and thus would need a liveable wage.
Increasing the minimum wage will affect all of us unless you live off the grid and never enter a retail store. It isn’t easy, but wouldn’t it be of greater benefit to all 300 million citizens to keep the minimum wage where it is and encourage those that cannot live off the minimum wage to put in the time and effort needed to earn a job that does pay them a liveable wage?
And those unwilling will just need to learn to turn their minimum wage into their liveable wage.