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View Diary: Three years at $7.25 is too long. It's past time for a minimum wage increase. (38 comments)

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  •  Awesome idea! (0+ / 0-)

    Let's force employers (including small ones) to pay more when they already can't afford to hire new employees.  

    •  Not a Bot - but maybe a dupe? (1+ / 0-)
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      zakandsantos

      please tell me you are unfamiliar with the large body of research & analysis that shows that many employers (not necessarily all small bizzes) are currently sitting on large piles of cash (i.e., improved earnings) but are not hiring because of "uncertainty" (which variously means concern over Euro and global developments, waiting to see if the bankster CD-ROMney can eke out a win, or just plain not adding jobs to spite Obama?  Remember, "not a whatever you aren't," most minimum wage jobs are in the big WalMart type chains -- small businesses can't afford NOT to pay a little more for a stable, intelligent, trusted employee.  I look forward to your reasoned and data-based reply to see what you really are and are "not."    

      When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick." ~ Mikhail Bakunin

      by Sick Semper on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 09:12:20 PM PDT

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    •  They can't afford to hire new people (1+ / 0-)
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      roadbear

      because there is no demand. This creates demand.  We're solving the problem you imagine we're creating.

      Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. Notes on a Theory

      by David Kaib on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 09:52:39 PM PDT

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      •  Soooo ... (0+ / 0-)

        Using your argument, raising the price of celery at the produce market will create more demand for celery, and more people will buy celery because it now costs more?  Or am I misunderstanding you?  If so, I apologize.

        •  No, because human beings (0+ / 0-)

          unlike celery, are not objects. Money in working people's pockets doesn't create demand. It is demand. When demand is high employers will hire more people even though the price has gone up because otherwise they will lose opportunities to make more money.

          Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. Notes on a Theory

          by David Kaib on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 04:08:36 AM PDT

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