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  •  Automation & outsourcing? (2+ / 0-)
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    Are the Democrats going to introduce bills to outlaw outsourcing and automation in response to a higher minimum wage?

    Are they going to introduce bills prohibiting small businesses from laying off minimum wage workers in favor of the the proprietors performing low-skill tasks themselves?

    There's one other way that businesses can subvert the minimum wage.  But we aren't allowed to talk about that.

    •  There's little evidence (3+ / 0-)

      to show any of that happening. In fact, raises in the minimum have proven to stimulate business activity. States with higher state minimum wages have more economic activity too.

      The US is a low wage nation as it stands. I believe we need to move away from that economic model.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 01:47:45 PM PDT

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      •  In fact, something like two-thirds of (0+ / 0-)

        minimum-wage workers are employed by fairly large employers, large enough that the proprietors can't simply take over their work.

        If you integrate fantasy with reality, you do not instantiate reality. If you mix cow pie with apple pie, it does not make the cow pie taste better; it makes the apple pie worse. --Mark Crislip

        by ebohlman on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 02:02:14 PM PDT

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