The Minimum Wage Should Not Be Raised

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Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, is of the opinion that the Minimum wage should not be raised. This is a large issue as the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 is not enough to support basic living costs in a fair number of states. Ted Cruz highlights the consequences of raising the minimum wage yet ignores the cons of it remaining static ("Ted Cruz on the Minimum Wage"). In an article in The Atlantic, the discussion of the cost of living is brought up. The article talks about how the “cost of living fluctuates with geography”. This is shown through the use of a vivid map created by use of a “living wage calculator”, which was developed by Amy Glasmeier. Cruz does not discuss the important issue that the costs to live in some of the places, which are found by using the “living wage calculator”, is higher than the current federal minimum wage. Ted Cruz chose his words carefully to avoid having to say the truth which is that just as there are cons for a raise in minimum wage there are also negative effects for it staying where it currently resides. In the New York Times a piece mentions how important the federal Minimum wage is as if it did not exist, certain regions would never raise it on their own. Ted Cruz’s argument that a federal minimum wage lift would be to consequential is put to the test by the ideas that discuss how negative the effect would be if it was never raised. A different article in the New York Times authored by Rachel Abrams mentions how

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