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    wasatch, Puddytat

    these same companies would be able to pay even less, as an even larger group of people would be competing for the same jobs just to avoid starvation." WRONG!! There would be more people out on the street stealing, and more people out on the street pan handling, and the charitable organizations (Salvation Army, etc.) would be overrun with hundreds more destitute people. Why do you think government stepped in (during the early 20th century) to help provide assistance that had previously been supplied only by charities?  Because the charities COULD NOT handle all the poor people, and the societal costs (i.e. increases in crime, etc.) were unacceptable to citizens. At some point, most people with a minimum of brains realize that competing for jobs at starvation/slave wages is a losing proposition  - so they don't do it. They do what I stated above  (i.e.  steal, pan handle, or rely on charity/family members).

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