Skip to comments.Minimum Wage Bills Pushed in at Least 30 States
Posted on 01/27/2014 1:26:34 AM PST by Olog-hai
Minimum-wage increase proposals are getting the maximum push from Democrats in statehouses in more than half of U.S. states, highlighting the politically potent income inequality issue this year.
Lawmakers in at least 30 states are sponsoring or are expected to introduce wage hike measures, according to a national review by The Associated Press. They hope to notch state-level victories as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats remain stymied in attempts to raise the federal minimum wage above $7.25 an hour. The president is expected to mention the minimum wage in his State of the Union address Tuesday.
Even in Republican-dominated capitals where the bills are long shots, the measures still give Democrats a chance to hammer home the popular theme of fair wages in what is an election year in most places.
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Dems picked a good issue that GOP needs to watch carefully. Future trends show that technology will allow for further automation of the workplace. Up to 40 percent of current jobs can be automated. It will happen even if wages are low because corporations can do it. Robots can work 24/7, are very precise, and you do not have to provide it with healthcare, etc etc etc. That means more Americans will be unemployed while the labor savings will be pocketed by the corporation and bonuses will increase for CEO and exec staff. Income gap will grow with automation because the wealth and profit will be shared with fewer people, the employed and the ones on top. Income inequality will become an issue as time goes on and automation proceeds. Dems recognize this and are getting ahead of it, while the GOP assumes it will go away.
What is your solution? Will raising the minimum wage a couple of bucks solve “income inequality”?
And we ain’t one of ‘em. We have jobs here and if you’re stuck at the minimum wage, maybe there’s a reason for that.
Don’t mislabel job loss as “income inequality”. The latter means the socialist goal of grabbing from “the rich” and handing the wealth previously held thereby to “the poor”.
The GOP is complicit with the Dems. They’ve worked hard to sideline conservatives and are all about the one-party state.
Robot hamburger factory makes 360 Gourmet Burgers every hour...
A more important priority is assuring that US jobs go to US citizens. Send home all invaders and all other non-citizens who are doing jobs US citizens could do. EVerify all jobs.
Supporting the minimum wage as it is now is a disaster in the making. It'll allow the dems to campaign on how much most US citizens are suffering while the rich get richer and more powerful. Better to campaign on how the dems want foreigners to take jobs from hard-working US citizens.
Picture the scenario. Automation replaces 40 percent of current jobs, including good tech jobs. The jobs leftover have more applicants then openings. Income drops. How do you think the ones who just lost their good paying job to a robot, and now facing prospect of a job with low pay is going to react to a socialist politician? Read how Hitler and Mao came to power. Economic conditions play a key role in their rise. Dems are going to use living wage as an issue, what will the GOP offer the worker?
The Descamisado or Shirtless Ones.
Both of them picked the Federal Reserve to print up money and give to them to spend. As long as that continues, there will be no economic recovery and there will be gross widening of the "income" gap as the Fed and the politicians prefer handing money to the already wealthy in the lame hope that they will invest and create jobs. Instead there is more speculation and more inequality.
This is how the unions will pick up on more money coming in from union wages being raised accordingly. Higher wages means more income from dues. The money will support Democrat races.
Less and less jobs. More and more people forced onto the dole. And since minimum wage jobs are a big part of giving people their first employment opportunities, many folks will never even get started working. But that’s ok. Obammy will give them all “ free” birth control with their welfare cheques, good stamps , and free obamaphones. An entire generation of Sandra flukes. The “ transformation of AmerikaSSR”.
The increase for one employee will cost another 3 months of health care insurance.
Years ago I read that in the 1950’s the average CEO made 25 times the average pay of the average line worker. Course this was when we actually made things, not like now when moving paper around seems to be the main source of income.
I am interested in finding out if the ratio I remember was accurate and what the ratio is at this time. 300 times, 1000 times, what is your guess and where would such numbers be kept, if they are at all? I really don’t care what the magic number is because there will always be income inequality. Jesus said the poor will always be with you. That tells me the whole debate is phony.
There’s no such thing s income inequality and low paying jobs are a training ground if you want to learn.
There is income capability. You get paid based on your capabilities to perform and your want and need to get ahead in life.
We’re all born equal, what you choose to do with that is up to you.
I repeat - what is your solution?
the politically potent income inequality issue this year
If the Democrats think they are getting hammered on Obamacare just wait until they start yapping about this day and night.
If jobs are produced income will be had. Talking about income inequilty will not put food on anyones table.......
Future trends show that technology will allow for further automation of the workplace.
As has happened numerous times in history.
We no longer have bugy whip factories and probably few buggy factories.. Not much need for TV antenna factories anymore..
Fee’s solution is the same as it was for the makers of the wagon wheel, buck skin coats, buggy whips and so forth. We didn’t get to the moon with buggy whips. We got there by pressing technology, but nobody cares about all the spinoffs that came from it now are they?
New technology requires not so much for someone to operate it, but more so for someone to design, build and maintain it. People like Fee have this problem of zero sum thinking without a whit of sense about how he/she/it manages to turn on their computers or what went into making it react in such a manner. Nothing but a bunch of petulant fools who are forever looking for the problem instead of focusing on a solution.
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