The Benefits Of The Minimum Wage

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Money. It makes the world go round. No matter how hard one may try, it is nearly impossible to get anything done without money. From good to services, money is an essential in this society. While some people acquire money by doing little to nothing, most must work to get money. Some people make high wages while others make significantly small ones. A pressing political issue is whether or not the federal minimum wage should be increased in order to aid these low wage workers in moving up the econimc ladder. While this proposal sounds like it is in the best interest of low wage Americans, it does more harm than good. The federal government should keep its minimum wage at $7.25 instead of raising it to the proposed $15 in order to encourage social mobility and aid the U.S. economy. Before analyzing the ineffectiveness of a wage increase, one must look at the history of the minimum wage. Following his reelection in 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Lingenfelter et al. 14). Chiefly, the FLSA established the first federal minimum wage in order to combat the low wages and massive unemployment that resulted from the Great Depression. The Fair Labor Standards Act was not the nation's first attempt at a federal minimum wage. In 1918, Congress passed a law that guaranteed that women and children employed in D.C. would receive a minimum wage. In 1923, the Supreme Court ruled, in the case of Adkins v. Children’s Hospital of D.C,. that

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