By Winnie Eke
The recent unsuccessful Senate vote and debate on minimum wage is an aberration, based on the history of
minimum wage law. In addition to the vote, many in Congress who opposed the wage increase also voted to decrease food stamp funding and other social services that help the poor.
The fact is: minimum wage increases affects only a particular group of the society–those not highly educated or low-skilled workers. Should lack of higher education or low-skills relegate people to perpetual poverty and suffering in the wealthiest nation on earth?
The idea that those in poverty do not work (Hassett, 2013) is not convincing. Nor is the idea that those earning minimum wage are not primary earners in the family. If the argument against wage increase is that it will cost jobs or punish business owners, why is it fair for business owners and executives to make 204 times more an average (Bloomberg News, May 14, 2014).
One can argue that the U. S. has a free economy. However, the history of this country tells us that is not the case. Businesses are likely to hire people who they can pay the least to make more profit. There may not be a unanimous agreement but there has to be a moral reason for advancing the increase in minimum wage. As President Obama indicated (February, 2013) people working full-time should not be homeless and hungry.
What do you think?