50caliberviking:

butmuhgains:

whitehouse:

Who makes the minimum wage?
More than half → Women
More than half → Work full time
Average age → 35
Share this if you agree it’s time to #RaiseTheWage

If half are women…*
and half work full time…**
and the average age is 35…
Good job getting them fired. Thanks, Obama.
* Of course half are women. Women are what, 51-52% of the population?
** That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re supporting a family.
*** The average worker is 35 years old. But not the average minimum wage worker. “Minimum wage workers tend to be young. Although workers under age 25 represented only about one-fifth of hourly paid workers, they made up about half of those paid the Federal minimum wage or less. Among employed teenagers paid by the hour, about 21 percent earned the minimum wage or less, compared with about 3 percent of workers age 25 and over.” (http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2012.htm)
Also, everyone note that “Among those paid by the hour, 1.6 million earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.” Compared to 313.9 million people, that’s .5% of the US population. 75.3 million people, that’s 2.1% of the US work force.
disinfo pls go

Facts strike again… and this time, it’s Olympus that’s fallen.

50caliberviking:

butmuhgains:

whitehouse:

Who makes the minimum wage?

  • More than half → Women
  • More than half → Work full time
  • Average age → 35

Share this if you agree it’s time to #RaiseTheWage

If half are women…*

and half work full time…**

and the average age is 35…

Good job getting them fired. Thanks, Obama.

* Of course half are women. Women are what, 51-52% of the population?

** That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re supporting a family.

*** The average worker is 35 years old. But not the average minimum wage worker. “Minimum wage workers tend to be young. Although workers under age 25 represented only about one-fifth of hourly paid workers, they made up about half of those paid the Federal minimum wage or less. Among employed teenagers paid by the hour, about 21 percent earned the minimum wage or less, compared with about 3 percent of workers age 25 and over.” (http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2012.htm)

Also, everyone note that “Among those paid by the hour, 1.6 million earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.” Compared to 313.9 million people, that’s .5% of the US population. 75.3 million people, that’s 2.1% of the US work force.

disinfo pls go

Facts strike again… and this time, it’s Olympus that’s fallen.

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policygal:

It’s a good thing the world’s not on fire or anything. 

policygal:

It’s a good thing the world’s not on fire or anything. 

redbloodedamerica:

Pretty much.

redbloodedamerica:

Pretty much.

Watch Steve Moore Demolish the Argument for Raising the Minimum Wage

redbloodedamerica:

Mike Rowe is correct, to the CNN anchor’s dismay.

• Income inequality is a natural part of life.  There will always be winners and losers; rich and poor; sick and healthy, etc, etc

 There is a thing in America called economic mobility.  It’s where you can move up in life (with or without a degree) as well as move down in life.  There is nothing holding you back but yourself.

 Because there is mobility in America, there is no class structure. “Middle class” is a political talking point.  There is no middle class in America.  You can look and look for a precise definition, but you will never find it.  And at the same time, being “poor” is only a relative term.

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45-70govt:

cheshirethecatt:

a-flash-in-an-abyss:

45-70govt:

Just zoomed in.
$24.69
Really?

This is because TV, Internet access, a smartphone (hell, why not one for every family member?), a $30,000+ car (or two), a $250,000 house, and designer clothes are apparently necessary. I know parents that are supporting three children on minimum wage. The people that complain just want everybody to have the same “status” so they don’t feel bad about themselves, and they often refuse to work more than one job. I don’t know where you stand on it all, but I’m sick of people seeing wants as necessities and demanding the minimum wage be raised.

That’s actually not true at all. I like how you listed all the frivolous wants that people have and not actual things people have to pay for that actually cost a a lot.  I don’t want to be a dick but there are so many problems with your paragraph. You make it seem like you look down on people working on minimum wage like you’re somehow better which is a common problem. You degrade us down to seem like all we care about is social status and how other people see us.  Everyone is so quick to condemn people for having wants and dreams like it’s a bad thing. Like for some reason not liking where you’re at and dreaming for something better is such a horrid idea. You generalize everyone working minimum wage to that one scumbag that’s just looking for a quick buck and doesn’t want to work hard and is just looking for a handout and thinks the world owes him something. Here’s a newsflash tho, not all of us are like that, surprisingly enough MOST of us are not like that at all.
The minimum wage in my state is around 7.93 I believe, so I actually make a bit above that because I worked hard and got opportunities to move up. And I can tell you first hand even making more than that it’s hard to live off of for a  lot of reasons. First off you list tv and internet access as one of the crazy things people on minimum wage have that they don’t need. I can tell you right now I don’t have cable access because I don’t see the point when I can just watch everything online, and tbh I’m not the only one. I’ll let you in on a little secret, when you are trying to save money and are looking for things to cut, cable is actually one of the first things to go. I do however have internet access, but that is a bit of a necessity for me. I currently have a job in which we get emailed our schedules ever week so I need it for that, not only that but I’m going to school , which a lot of people on minimum wage are actually doing too, so I have to occasionally do research which is a tad bit easier to do when I have internet access.
Next you list having a phone, heaven forbid people want to keep in touch with each other. I myself have a smartphone so I guess I’m one of those crazy poor people trying to live above their means eh? But no it was actually a gift from my grandparents I got a year or so ago. As far as my plan goes it’s actually not that expensive either, I actually did my research like a lot of people do and was able to find a good deal to maximize what I can get while still paying a decent reasonable amount.
And hey lets throw out a crazy big number for a car without looking at actual prices, hell lets throw in “or two” to make it seem even worse. Okay so here’s the thing, not everyone goes out and buys new cars, a lot of people don’t especially people living off minimum wage. Surprisingly enough we actually know when we can’t afford something, and even if we don’t most people can’t just go and go and buy a brand new nice car outright so they’d have to finance it, which you have to get approved for. To get approved they take a lot of things into account like how much you make and your credit score and blah blah blah. It’s actually not that easy to go get a $30,000 car, let alone two. So if you get approved for it it’s probably because you can somehow afford it. But most people are like me and probably wont get approved for that so we go and buy used cars, much cheaper, much more affordable. I know it’s not crazy, frivolous, and stupid but hey we can’t all fit into the narrow minded generalizations that society likes to throw at us.
Don’t even get me started on houses. There are a lot of factors that go into pricing of a house, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, location of the house, how much land its on, how big the house is, what the neighborhood is like, if it’s close to a fire hydrant, but you usually don’t take things like that into account when you’re spouting off random numbers without facts or research to make a group of people look bad.
And I can’t even tell you the last time I had designer anything.
You see people like you are actually one of the big problems with society today. You like to speculate and make assumptions about people or situations without knowing what it’s like. You like to demean stereotype and generalize us all into the same category because it makes it easier for you to keep track of. You like to throw out huge crazy numbers to make the problem seem stupid and small. You try and make it seem crazy to want to get paid $10 an hour (which was what most people were asking for, not 24) when there are actually people out there getting paid that and then some. Oh but because I work at a run of the mill job I don’t deserve that, because I’ve kept the same steady job for 2 years I’m not entitled to make a bit of extra money, because I have to deal with people like you that demean me, look down, and scoff at me on a daily basis for working where I do even tho they’re the ones coming to my store and eating the food that I make day in and day out, that maybe I don’t deserve a little bit of money so I can pay bills and maybe do something fun every now and then. Your’e so quick to judge without knowing a damn thing about what it’s like.
I don’t know what you think makes you better than people working minimum wage or qualifies you to make back handed comments, generalizations, and assumptions about them, but maybe next time you should do some research before you spout off some random rant about us only caring about status and only wanting minimum wage so we don’t feel bad about ourselves. Because I can assure you I don’t give a damn about status or how you or people like you perceive me to be. Nor do I feel bad about the job I have or the money I make. The reason I want a higher minimum wage is so that I can have a decent life without having to work my ass off constantly while trying live on my own and go to school so that I have a chance to actually make more and do better for myself one day.

TL:DR 
you missed the point, my school sent this to everyone without showing the opposing viewpoint.
Also minimum wage was never intended to be lived off of, it only exists so your employer is required to give you legal tender instead of on-site coupons or some shit like George Pullman.

All of this negates the real issue: If you raise the minimum wage employers will cut employees hours, lay off some employees, and pass the added cost on to the consumers. You end up with more expensive goods and a higher cost of living. What good is $25/hour when everything triples in price? Your purchasing power stays the same, only the numbers got higher.

45-70govt:

cheshirethecatt:

a-flash-in-an-abyss:

45-70govt:

Just zoomed in.

$24.69

Really?

This is because TV, Internet access, a smartphone (hell, why not one for every family member?), a $30,000+ car (or two), a $250,000 house, and designer clothes are apparently necessary. I know parents that are supporting three children on minimum wage. The people that complain just want everybody to have the same “status” so they don’t feel bad about themselves, and they often refuse to work more than one job. I don’t know where you stand on it all, but I’m sick of people seeing wants as necessities and demanding the minimum wage be raised.

That’s actually not true at all. I like how you listed all the frivolous wants that people have and not actual things people have to pay for that actually cost a a lot.  I don’t want to be a dick but there are so many problems with your paragraph. You make it seem like you look down on people working on minimum wage like you’re somehow better which is a common problem. You degrade us down to seem like all we care about is social status and how other people see us.  Everyone is so quick to condemn people for having wants and dreams like it’s a bad thing. Like for some reason not liking where you’re at and dreaming for something better is such a horrid idea. You generalize everyone working minimum wage to that one scumbag that’s just looking for a quick buck and doesn’t want to work hard and is just looking for a handout and thinks the world owes him something. Here’s a newsflash tho, not all of us are like that, surprisingly enough MOST of us are not like that at all.

The minimum wage in my state is around 7.93 I believe, so I actually make a bit above that because I worked hard and got opportunities to move up. And I can tell you first hand even making more than that it’s hard to live off of for a  lot of reasons. First off you list tv and internet access as one of the crazy things people on minimum wage have that they don’t need. I can tell you right now I don’t have cable access because I don’t see the point when I can just watch everything online, and tbh I’m not the only one. I’ll let you in on a little secret, when you are trying to save money and are looking for things to cut, cable is actually one of the first things to go. I do however have internet access, but that is a bit of a necessity for me. I currently have a job in which we get emailed our schedules ever week so I need it for that, not only that but I’m going to school , which a lot of people on minimum wage are actually doing too, so I have to occasionally do research which is a tad bit easier to do when I have internet access.

Next you list having a phone, heaven forbid people want to keep in touch with each other. I myself have a smartphone so I guess I’m one of those crazy poor people trying to live above their means eh? But no it was actually a gift from my grandparents I got a year or so ago. As far as my plan goes it’s actually not that expensive either, I actually did my research like a lot of people do and was able to find a good deal to maximize what I can get while still paying a decent reasonable amount.

And hey lets throw out a crazy big number for a car without looking at actual prices, hell lets throw in “or two” to make it seem even worse. Okay so here’s the thing, not everyone goes out and buys new cars, a lot of people don’t especially people living off minimum wage. Surprisingly enough we actually know when we can’t afford something, and even if we don’t most people can’t just go and go and buy a brand new nice car outright so they’d have to finance it, which you have to get approved for. To get approved they take a lot of things into account like how much you make and your credit score and blah blah blah. It’s actually not that easy to go get a $30,000 car, let alone two. So if you get approved for it it’s probably because you can somehow afford it. But most people are like me and probably wont get approved for that so we go and buy used cars, much cheaper, much more affordable. I know it’s not crazy, frivolous, and stupid but hey we can’t all fit into the narrow minded generalizations that society likes to throw at us.

Don’t even get me started on houses. There are a lot of factors that go into pricing of a house, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, location of the house, how much land its on, how big the house is, what the neighborhood is like, if it’s close to a fire hydrant, but you usually don’t take things like that into account when you’re spouting off random numbers without facts or research to make a group of people look bad.

And I can’t even tell you the last time I had designer anything.

You see people like you are actually one of the big problems with society today. You like to speculate and make assumptions about people or situations without knowing what it’s like. You like to demean stereotype and generalize us all into the same category because it makes it easier for you to keep track of. You like to throw out huge crazy numbers to make the problem seem stupid and small. You try and make it seem crazy to want to get paid $10 an hour (which was what most people were asking for, not 24) when there are actually people out there getting paid that and then some. Oh but because I work at a run of the mill job I don’t deserve that, because I’ve kept the same steady job for 2 years I’m not entitled to make a bit of extra money, because I have to deal with people like you that demean me, look down, and scoff at me on a daily basis for working where I do even tho they’re the ones coming to my store and eating the food that I make day in and day out, that maybe I don’t deserve a little bit of money so I can pay bills and maybe do something fun every now and then. Your’e so quick to judge without knowing a damn thing about what it’s like.

I don’t know what you think makes you better than people working minimum wage or qualifies you to make back handed comments, generalizations, and assumptions about them, but maybe next time you should do some research before you spout off some random rant about us only caring about status and only wanting minimum wage so we don’t feel bad about ourselves. Because I can assure you I don’t give a damn about status or how you or people like you perceive me to be. Nor do I feel bad about the job I have or the money I make. The reason I want a higher minimum wage is so that I can have a decent life without having to work my ass off constantly while trying live on my own and go to school so that I have a chance to actually make more and do better for myself one day.

TL:DR 

you missed the point, my school sent this to everyone without showing the opposing viewpoint.

Also minimum wage was never intended to be lived off of, it only exists so your employer is required to give you legal tender instead of on-site coupons or some shit like George Pullman.

All of this negates the real issue: If you raise the minimum wage employers will cut employees hours, lay off some employees, and pass the added cost on to the consumers. You end up with more expensive goods and a higher cost of living.

What good is $25/hour when everything triples in price? Your purchasing power stays the same, only the numbers got higher.

44% of US companies considering dropping insurance coverage of current workers due to Obamacare

poorrichardsnews:

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If you receive health insurance benefits through your job, it might be a good idea to start looking for other alternatives. According to a study by Duke University, 44% of US companies are considering dropping the health insurance plans of their current employees as a direct result of Obamacare.

From The Washington Examiner:

Adding to a devastating CBO report of how Obamacare could damage the economy, a Duke University survey of top companies found that 44 percent are considering reducing health benefits to current employees due to Obamacare, confirming the fears of millions of American workers.

In its December survey of chief financial officers around the country, Duke also found that nearly half are “reluctant to hire full-time employers because of the Affordable Care Act.”

And 40 percent are considering shifting to part-time workers and others will hire fewer workers of fire some to avoid the costs of the program.

What’s more, they said in the study, “One in five firms indicates they are likely to hire fewer employees, and another one in 10 may lay off current employees in response to the law.”

Without the law, the CFOs told Duke that they would hire more full-time workers.

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This is devastating, folks. Seriously devastating.

It’s amazing to think that there are still those who don’t believe that Obamacare is and has been devastating to the economy.

The law that was supposedly designed to reduce the number of uninsured, will most definitely increase it. How’s that for irony?

doyouevenliberty:

Let’s try and be smart here.

doyouevenliberty:

Let’s try and be smart here.

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fuck-liberal-morons:

Or one of the millions enjoying the money made by someone else…

fuck-liberal-morons:

Or one of the millions enjoying the money made by someone else…

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Obama making poor people poorer, poverty rate breaks 50-year record

poorrichardsnews:

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In my opinion, the most frustrating thing about the state of politics in America isn’t corruption or the lack of principle among the electorate, it is ignorance. It is that so many obvious straw men arguments and cliches perpetuated by pop culture, the media and politicians are accepted as pertinent fact. It is the willingness of the average person to simply believe lies, regardless of the evidence.

For example, facts show unequivocally that crime rates, especially violent crime, goes down when more people have access to weapons for personal protection. But anti-gun activists, the media and the average, uninformed voter, believes (or preaches) the exact opposite. So when someone campaigns for gun control, they are literally campaigning for more crime.

Perhaps the biggest of these political lies is that government welfare is a form of charity which actually helps poor people. When in reality, much like gun control, the opposite is true.

From The Washington Times:

Fifty years after President Johnson started a $20 trillion taxpayer-funded war on poverty, the overall percentage of impoverished people in the U.S. has declined only slightly and the poor have lost ground under President Obama.

Aides said Mr. Obama doesn’t plan to commemorate the anniversary Wednesday of Johnson’s speech in 1964, which gave rise to Medicaid, Head Start and a broad range of other federal anti-poverty programs. The president’s only public event Tuesday was a plea for Congress to approve extended benefits for the long-term unemployed, another reminder of the persistent economic troubles during Mr. Obama’s five years in office.

“What I think the American people are really looking for in 2014 is just a little bit of stability,” Mr. Obama said.
Although the president often rails against income inequality in America, his policies have had little impact overall on poverty. A record 47 million Americans receive food stamps, about 13 million more than when he took office.

The poverty rate has stood at 15 percent for three consecutive years, the first time that has happened since the mid-1960s. The poverty rate in 1965 was 17.3 percent; it was 12.5 percent in 2007, before the Great Recession.

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Twenty. Trillion. Dollars.

There are a couple of things that should be noted here. First of all, while poverty rates might be seemingly stagnant, the definition of poverty today is different than what it used to be and technology has done wonders in raising the standard of living for virtually everyone — even those in poverty. Also, economies ebb and flow which, in turn, causes poverty rates to fluctuate.

But do not make the mistake of thinking that poverty will be eliminated by government. This is utterly illogical. As with anything else, when you subsidize it, you get more of it. Forcibly taking money from those who have earned it and giving it to those who haven’t does nothing to incentivize productivity or prosperity. Rather, this institutionalizes poverty. In short, when you pay people not to work, they will not work. It has the exact opposite of its intended effect.

Our good friend Benjamin Franklin had good something good to say about this:

“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

pretty-right-winger:

conservativebynature:

runningrepublican:

ourtimeorg:

It’s time to raise the minimum wage

No! No it’s not!
I’m 110% done with people who think this helps.

How does this prove that minimum wage should be raised? It proves that inflation is a bitch, that what this does.

^^^exactly.

And, GASP, raising the minimum wage makes inflation worse. I can’t believe people are dumb enough to believe raising wages magically makes things better without consequences.

pretty-right-winger:

conservativebynature:

runningrepublican:

ourtimeorg:

It’s time to raise the minimum wage

No! No it’s not!

I’m 110% done with people who think this helps.

How does this prove that minimum wage should be raised? It proves that inflation is a bitch, that what this does.

^^^exactly.

And, GASP, raising the minimum wage makes inflation worse. I can’t believe people are dumb enough to believe raising wages magically makes things better without consequences.

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