Study says Wal-Mart Supercenter jobs would lower Central Oregon wages
“Working people are told that if they get a job and go to work every day, they will move up the economic ladder,” says Michael Funke, chairperson of Central Oregon Jobs with Justice, a labor-community group that works for economic justice. “But far too many people are forced to take low-wage jobs that keep them mired in poverty. A job should lift you out of poverty, not keep you in it.”
“We don’t need more Wal-Mart jobs that continue the downward spiral of wages in our community,” says Funke of Jobs with Justice. “We don’t really have a ‘labor shortage’ in our community. We have a wage shortage created by employers who don’t pay a decent wage. Central Oregon workers deserve living wage jobs that can support their families.”
Central Oregon workers should be paid the wage that their labor is worth. If you are a drunken high-school dropout who doesn't have an ounce of ambition and isn't interesting in improving your skills then a job should not lift you out of poverty.
Again, I say that Republicans should propose making the minimum wage $90K/year. They could give testimony prattling on about "a Cadillac in every garage" and get all teary when they talk about how some families don't have vacation homes.
I would love to hear Democrats argue against this. How could they? By their logic (by logic I mean stupidity) this is the best idea since sliced bread.
Bottom line: There is no difference in raising the minimum wage $0.50 or $50K, a person is either paid what their work is worth or they aren't.