Raise Wages Not Expenses

1680 Words Jan 31st, 2016 7 Pages
Cody Luth
Professor Amdahl
Writing 121
25 January 2016
Raise Wages Not Expenses The image of the American dream is one that is known around the globe. For a couple hundred years, it has inspired individuals and families to start fresh and hit it big in the United States. That dream, however, may be more far fetched than people think. If they are fortunate enough to find a job, they will quickly realize that the starting national minimum wage is not enough to support a family in our economy. Raising the minimum wage, is an option, but it would do more damage to the economy than it would help. Many lower wage employees and others disagree, so there s constant arguing about what the national minimum wage should be. The minimum wage level has been a topic of debate for decades since it was first introduced in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. Labor unions at the time tried a couple of times to get a minimum wage enacted in the United States. Both attempts were unsuccessful as the Supreme Court saw the idea as unconstitutional on the thought that it prevented workers from the right of choosing the price of their own labor. At the same time, during the Great Depression, unemployment and poverty were on the rise. This pushed law to be signed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. At the time the law was signed, the starting salary for the minimum wage was $0.25 per hour or the equivalent of about $4.28 per hour in…

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