Posted 3 years ago on July 14, 2012, 9:53 a.m. EST by richardkentgates
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Employers that pay minimum wage, have employees that collect from social programs. Minimum wage is not a living wage. A person with kids and a 40 hour per week job is maxed out on time. This demographic is using all the time in a day to work and care for their families. Therefore there is nothing you could ask of this demographic that would change this arrangement. If you tell yourself education is the fix, imagine college grads working the drive-thrue or a cell phone kiosk. That isn't realistic either.
As long as a 40 hour work week does not pay a living wage, the self employed and businesses that pay a living wage or above will continue paying taxes to cover social programs that are exacerbated by these low wage employers. As a society we need to make this a front and center talking point. We need this in the face of every tax payer and especially the self employed.