Raising Minimum Wages For Workers Essay

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Charles Darwin once wrote, “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” One can easily agree with this statement, as it can be an analogy to the effect that a modern institution called the minimum wage, may have on those who live in poverty. For many years, this institution has remained a controversial topic, separating people into two political groups: those (mostly republicans) who claim raising minimum wages for workers has a negative impact on the American people, and those (mostly democrats) who argue that raising minimum wages for workers has not only a positive impact on the American people, but is a necessity. I personally believe the latter, and find it necessary that wages be raised. In order to decrease poverty amongst the American working class people, minimum wage must be increased, in accordance to the constant inflation found in the American cost of living.

One way to describe the American working class today is “60 minutes of work will just about buy you a Chipotle burrito (without guac).” As of 2009, the federal minimum wage has been 7.25 USD Hourly, and it continues to be the minimum wage in the majority of American states, the rest varying from a minimum wage of 8.00 USD, 9.00 USD, and 10.50 USD at an hourly rate, 10.50 USD Hourly currently being the highest, in Washington D.C. Given that most Americans in the working-class work by average 40 hours per week, a wage of 7.25 USD is equivalent to
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