“I had to work three minimum wage jobs to get by, and I made it, so I don’t see why minimum wage should be increased!”
This is a mindset I have never quite understood — things were bad for you, and therefore we shouldn’t try to make them better for other people?
Raising the minimum wage so people don’t have to work three jobs just to get by seems like a good idea to me. Besides, every time we raise the minimum wage, the economy improves. (If people have more money, they spend it, and the economy improves. Duh.)
But today I want to discuss that attitude. Can someone explain it to me? I’ve seen it many times, always from some conservative who thinks that we should lower our standards instead of raising them.
“Those damn unions want to increase wages and working conditions!” they scream. “Why should they get paid so much more than I do?” Well, that’s a very good question. Maybe you should be unionizing too so that you could get paid a better wage. Why not raise everyone up instead of bringing others down?
Why can’t we increase standards instead of aiming for the lowest common denominator?