Raising minimum wage is like a fool’s gold

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 16 2014 | 4:06 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:44 am in

Regarding raising the minimum wage: I think it is a

noble cause that politicians and do-gooders resound every so often to solve the problem at hand and make themselves feel good.

I am not an economist, but raising the minimum wage is a tax on everyone. It is like a fool’s gold — it has a lot of lust, but no substance. Raising the minimum wage is a short-term solution because everyone will raise prices for goods and services. Soon we will be back to square one and more people will be worse off.

Raises should be based on productivity of each individual. Minimum-wage jobs are for beginners, meant for learning and supplemental, not to provide a living wage. We should improve ourselves for a better life and move on to better jobs.

We can dwell on this subject until doomsday and never come to an agreement. But while we are fiddling, Asia and other countries enjoy a new wealth and laugh at our expense. The real solution is to bring back manufacturing jobs. A country such as ours cannot survive on services alone.

The EPA needs to lax its ordinance, politicians should provide us security and we the people need to accept responsibility for our life.

Mario Perri

Cedar Rapids


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