I found myself dwelling on the horrible concept that minimum wage is far to low. Mainly, I find myself rhuminating on the idea that someone could think that we’re paying enough for minimum wage jobs because they don’t deserve the same wages as a soldier, or whatever people are using for a wage cap.
Don’t you think that is exposing? If you don’t want Jimmy at Wal*Mart making as much as our soldiers, I hate to sound classist, but you’re kind of right. At the same time, Jimmy should not work for literally nothing.
So, let’s frame this differently. Jimmy should make more, so he can afford food, AND our soldiers should make more, so they feel appreciated. In fact, everyone should be able to afford food, shelter, and basic needs. The face that I live in a “rich” nation that presses for slave labour to keep things “affordable” is disgusting.
This is why I think Univeral Basic Income (UBI) is a great idea. You can keep the minimum wage down, if you must, AND people can afford life.
What I find most upsetting; having this opinion is considered radical and brave.