Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 8, 2011, 8:13 a.m. EST by JesseHeffran
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I think the minimum wage should be enough where a forty hour a week job gives me the dignity to look my child in the eye and say we live in the greatest nation in the world. A job that does not make me feel as though I'm on a hamster wheel always being expected to sacrifice a little more, run a little faster, so my superiors can buy their third house, second yacht, and vacations where ever they please. So yes, I believe the minimum wage should be a dignified wage.
A fair share is enough that when a family member works forty hours, s/he is able to put food an the table, pay the utilities, have health insurance, school supplies for their children and save enough for retirement, while the spouse is able to stay home and do the house work.
A fair share is enough that I’m able to pay my taxes just as efficiently as the middle class Americans do. If the manager of a company paid his line workers enough to pay for the needed infrastructure (taxes), then wouldn’t his tax liability be less? Wouldn’t he feel more inclined to grow his company, fueling the economic expansion we all crave and need? Economic growth, in my opinion, is the process of having full employment. Economists say that full employment is an unemployment rate of two percent. This rate should be applicable when every worker works one full time job. A worker should be counted as the primary wage earner in a household. Having one person in a household responsible for earning a living and the other responsible for managing the home could expand the job market. If the family chooses to have both of their grown ups or more able bodies work then they should be taxed at a higher rate. This incentivizes families to take their fair share and penalizes those who believe they deserve more, with out working harder and smarter.
A working class, Superiorly loyal, Objectionably Bright (SLOB), slob should be as valuable to his nation as those who clime the ladder of success. If his actions are as valued as those of his superiors, who knows, maybe he will take pride in the American way.