Bernie Sanders and plenty of the other so-called progressives like to tout the promise that an increase to $15 for the minimum wage is what’s best for America. Sanders wants to raise the wage, promising that it’s good for workers and the economy. However, there’s quite a bit that he’s not saying. Americans are seeing through the empty promises, too, with most people not wanting the minimum wage to go skyrocketing upward.

Survey Says: Americans are Not on Board

A nationwide survey was conducted to see if people really want to see the minimum wage increase to $15 by 2025 in exchange for the possibility of losing as many as 3.7 million jobs that aren’t paying that amount of money.

54 percent of respondents wouldn’t want to make the trade. Another 26 percent say that they’re not sure if it’s a good one or not. Only 20 percent are fully behind the idea, which means that Sanders and some of the other 2020 primary candidates need to think twice about pushing the minimum wage as part of their platform.

What happens to workers?

There’s a reason that potentially 3.7 million jobs would be on the line if the minimum wage goes up. Countless businesses can’t afford to pay their workers that much money. Based on the Congressional Budget Officer, those jobs would be eliminated entirely instead of simply paying that money. Plenty of businesses have already begun to protect their business model – creating self-checkout registers in grocery stores and order screens in place of cashiers at fast-food establishments.

The employees who are currently only making a small amount of over $15 may or may not see a pay increase. This means that there’s likely to be many upset employees because they have worked hard to get to the rate of pay that they are at while others can begin making $15 an hour immediately simply because of what the Dems are doing in the White House.

The Alternative

Several polls have shown that there is an alternative to the economy without getting rid of two to three million jobs. 71 percent of Americans would like to see minimum wage adjusted to reflect the cost of living in various parts of the country – with areas like NYC and Los Angeles getting a higher minimum wage than places like Iowa or Nebraska.

Another poll question shows that 63 percent would rather see a better apprentice and trade school system so that poverty can be eliminated more effectively than a higher minimum wage.

It comes down to people needing to work for the pay increase. While it’s understandable that minimum wage cannot support a family for four, it was never intended to do so. Minimum wage is for high school and college students who are just entering the workforce. They have no education or experience to help them in the job field. The $15 minimum wage hike would be for everyone across the board – 16-year-olds as well as those who are trying to support a family of four on a single income.

Those who have families to support need to get something more than a minimum wage job – not complain that the rate is too low. They need to go to a trade school or college or work in order to move up the corporate ladder.

Minimum Wage Hikes Won’t Even Fix Everything

Just because the minimum wage goes up doesn’t mean that anything is fixed. The companies that have no choice but to pay more than $15 an hour will have to raise the costs of goods and services to be able to have enough money to complete the payroll every month. This means that costs are going to be on the rise in every industry. What people used to be able to buy with $10 could take $12 or $14. It will only be a matter of time before $15 is no longer sufficient, either.

Dems aren’t paying attention to the polls or the numbers. They insist that raising the minimum wage to help 17 million workers will only have a small economic tradeoff. Even economists show that low-wage workers will spend extra earnings immediately in comparison to creating savings accounts and working to get out of their financial deficits.

With so many people against the minimum wage hike, it’s incredulous to believe that Sanders and so many other Dems are still promoting it as one of the best things that they can do for America.

73 thoughts on “General American View: Minimum Wage Hike To $15 Worth It?

  1. The idea of earning 15 dollars an hour sounds wonderful….but sadly it’s not..when the price of everything will double and you really don’t make any more than you did…taxes get higher and every thing is so high now people the working poor cannot afford to buy. The business owners come what may are going to make their profits..so while the new income sounds good..its a total loser because there will be less jobs..look at walmart for instance putting in computers to check us put..
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  2. What is apparently overlooked is
    1) that a person has to learn to work and
    2) an employee must be a benefit, ie, he must produce a profit, an employer can not pay an employee $15.00 per hour if the employee does $8.00 an of production.

  3. Bernie Sanders raised the minimum wage of his staff to $15 then realized it cost too much and laid off a good number of his staff.This is what would happen nationally .A Minimum wage is not supposed to be a living wage,but a starting wage you work up into a living wage. Now Tlaib is talking about raising it to $20 an hour. Then why not $50 an hour or $100 an hour.When you raise the wage everything else goes up too and companies lay off and small companies close down…

  4. Only leads to more inflation – wage increase is followed by increase in price of everything – usually the increase is not enough to cover the instant pricing by all goods. In the end the consumer is getting less and less for their money – stupid,

  5. Minimum wage should have a valid relationship to economic reality and work skills.
    If individuals wish to earn more they should acquire an education or training to qualify for higher income.

  6. Rich or poor, I have yet to meet somebody who felt like they have enough money. There is nothing wrong with wanting a $15 / hour wage. When it is set as a minimum wage it will create upward pressure on all wages. The person presently making $12 / hour would get a wage increase. But their increase would only be $3 / hour. If I were that person it would feel like a pay cut if I did not get a corresponding increase in my wages as those who currently earn minimum wage. Assuming nobody loses their jobs because of the minimum wage the end result is good for the government. The taxable income goes up. Some people will not be eligible for state and federal subsidies they received in the past. It will not be good for people on Social Security who will feel left out and who will use their political clout to apply pressure for more help from the government. My personal preference is for everyone to be wealthy. Reality is the bottom rung of the take home pay ladder is still going to be the bottom rung.

  7. Minimum wage never was meant to be a living wage. It is a starting point, an entry level wage. If you bump up the minimum wage small business will have to do one of a few things: cut employee hours; cut employees; or find cheaper ways of getting their product to the consumer . . . all this because the demand of employees force up the cost of labor. Sooner or later the employer has one of two choices: cut costs or close the doors. Jobs aren’t free to the business owner, and not all employers have a big profit margin to draw from. Force the $15 minimum and you just might kill your job. No American has a right to a job. Your right is to equal opportunity. Preparation for a good job is your responsibility. You’re in competition with the other job seeker and you have to be better, more valuable to the employer.

  8. Minimum wage is not ment to be enough to live on it is ment for those that are starting out an haven’t had a chance to make something out of themselves. Work hard get paid good. Be lazy don’t expect much pay. Raising minimum wage that high will destroy this country.

  9. Raising the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour will only create a domino effect. Products and services will go up to try and counteract the increased payrolls of businesses. In some cases it will only mean some businesses will be forced to close their doors thus causing unemployment. Some families could loose everything over the long haul.

  10. $15 an hour come with a lot of down fall. The cost of living will go up,( food,gas, rent,health care,) and the poor peoples are the ones to suffering. So we need to ask our self is it the right time.

  11. FOR ONE IT’S NOT THE DEMORATS IN THE WHITE HOUSE. ALSO YOUR MISSING THE REAL BIG PROBLEM OF THE SUPERVISORS ETC THAT ARE MAKING $15 OR BETTER THEY WILL HAVE TO BE RAISED. AND IF YOU ARE BIG SAY LIKE AMAZON AND WALMART AND McDONALDS ETC. IT A LOT CHEAPER TO GO AND BORROW THE MONEY TO AUTOMATE AND ROBOTISE. THESE MACHINES WILL WORK 24 HOURS A DAY, NO COMPLAINTS,NO HEALTH INS, NO SCHEDULING, NO SICK DAYS, NO VACATIONS, NO PAYCHECKS, NO TAXES,NO SOCIAL SECURITY, NO WORKMANS COMP. ETC. AND THEY DON’T NEED LIGHTS. THERE IS ONE CHECK WRITTEN EVERY MONTH TO PAY BACK THE LOAN. AUTOMATION AND ROBOTS WHICH ARE ALREADY BEING USED AND ARE ALL OVER ARE ONLY GOING TO EXPAND. MINIMUM WAGE WAS NEVER MEANT TO FOR A CAREER OR RAISE A FAMILY OR TO EVEN LIVE ON.

  12. we use to have controls on maximum wages ( ie. a factory owner could only make 100 times more than the lowest paid worker in the factory, if factory owner wanted more money he had to raise the pay of the lowest paid employee .) What ever happened to maximum wage controls?

  13. we would have more illegals taking our jobs and accepting $5 an hour and not paying taxes or ssa. Wake up Americans, we need to educate and train all our people to make things in America once again.

  14. The Dems are again trying to gave people something for doing nothing, they try to give away money and buy their votes people have to think how prices and costs will raise and it will all even out and be the same as if they never got a $15 dollar min. Some people all they see is $15 and do not think that the money has to come from somewhere and everyone has to pay it. Bernie can not worry about it the people are already paying his $15 that he does not even earn or deserve.

  15. Minimum wage is not the answer to the problem. Learning a vocation will help but the biggest problem I see is we have a government that wants to reward people to not work. The American workers are paying for lawbreaking illegals to have everything free. It amazes me that as the Mainstream Media talks about how bad the asylum seekers need help, yet they all have on clean clothes and 200.00 nike shoes and the latest mobile devices. Makes me wonder as I watch the liberals give America away to people who broke the law but that is no longer mentioned. LET US ENFORE THE LAWS THAT ARE IN PLACE

  16. The govt should not be making any decisions. It should be left up to the businesses who employ people. If a company pays too low wages, people won’t work for them but that should be up to the individual and the company. I got a job as soon as I turned 16 and I would have worked for any wage as all I wanted to do was have some spending money of my own. The govt should stay out of things that don’t concern them. I think the govt is just too intrusive in our lives.

  17. I do not believe that the raising of the minimum wage to FIFTEEN Dollars per hour was a good move. These type of reckless actions by the Democraps in Congress will eventually come back to bite the Democratic Party in the ass… This should be left to what an Employer and there Employees can settle on as a proper wage scale…

  18. We need the low paying jobs for teenagers to learn skills in the market area and as you said get training once they find out what they want to do.

  19. how many small American businesses can afford to pay employees $15 an hour? how many workers would be without work? how many businesses would have to close? democrats running for office do they pay people working for them $15 an hour or is this just political shame? open Americans eyes to these “candidates” that need to get out in the real world & get some reality checks! God bless America!

  20. 15.00 dollars an hour won’t fix anything, when employers have to pay more what people don’t understand then customers have to pay more for the product whether it is food, clothes, or any manufactured product, it is a relentless chain, the minimum wage goes up so does every thing else

  21. Minimum wage increase can eliminate jobs. Raise cost of products and services. Overall Democrats do not, I repeat do not understand the political and economic repercussions this would create in the long run. Democrats are looking for short term fixes so they can be elected, meanwhile in the long run they will eventually blame Republicans for not knowing how to manage money. All the while in reality it has all the showing of a irresponsible party of Democrats that like everything else likes to spend money on useless programs that only benefit their constitutes and not all. Which is going back to old saying. The more they try to fix things, the more they stay the same or get worst.

  22. Why can’t they see by just lowering the price of the products people would be better off ? More jobs cheaper price for goods and maybe money in the bank .

  23. Let the market dictate the wage not the federal government they can’t even agree on anything let alone a hike that will put people out of work for sure

  24. SANDERS, THE GOON SQUAD AND ALL THE OTHER LEFTIST SOCIALIST DEMS WANT A $15.00-$20.00 MINIMUM WAGE LAW.

    MEMBERS OF THEIR DEMOCRAT GOV’T. OFFICES SHOULD BE OF THE CALIBRE OF HAVING INTELLIGENCE TO DO SIMPLE ARITHMETIC, KNOW SOMETHING OF ECONOMICS AND HAVE POWERS OF ANALYSIS AND UNDERSTANDING TO REALIZE THE DAMAGE THAT SUCH A HIKE WOULD DO TO BUSINESSES ACROSS THE NATION UNABLE TO PAY THESE RATES SO RESULTING IN MILLIONS OF JOBS LOST.

    THESE DEMS ARE HELL-BENT ON DESTROYING THIS NATION AND SENTENCING IT TO POVERTY VIA SOCIALISM.

    THE WAGE HIKE DILEMMA MEANS EITHER THESE POLITICIANS ARE IMBECILES AND SHOULDN’T BE HIRED FOR GOV’T. JOBS OR THEY’RE DESTRUCTIVE TO THE NATION AND SHOULD ALL BE FIRED.

  25. A lot of basic service jobs can’t afford to pay 15.00 hr any job that can, will ultimately pass the cost on to the consumer lots of businesses will go under.

  26. I taught school and have a Master’s Degree and only got paid $13 an hour. What right do these workers have to demand $15 an hour. this is because of the Communist Democratic Party who want to give away money to people who are not professionals. But Bernie Saunders, communist, does not want to pay the $15 an hour. he cut the hours of his workers so he does not have to pay the $15 an hour. Commusinsts and thieves like Bernie Saunders and his wife like to give away money from corporations which forces corporations to charge more money for their goods and people who purchase these goods and services have to pay more money. Why don’t they put Bernie sanders and his wife in jail for lying to a bank for a loan for her college-money they both kept. We have two sets of justice in this country. Saunders and his wife both belong in jail for bank fraud and so does Cortez for hiding donations in two LLC’s she set up for her boy friend. can politicians get away with stealing and fraud and ordinary people go to jail for these crimes.

  27. we are not considering the impact of income tax. many will ,tbe required to pay tax who haven’t had to pay taxes before. we pay more for goods sales tax. The biggest winner will be the tax collector

  28. A rate hike will only end up closing businesses and NO ONE gets paid when a business closes..It sounds good sure, but would you rather make 10 dollars an hour or nothing at all…Americans need to be smart and stop listening to the lefts ploy to get votes…That’s all it is…

  29. every state is different, some are cheaper to live in. New York and California are very expensive yo live in. Therefor I believe minimum wage should be handled by the state, not our federal gov.

  30. Dems are agenda driven and not reality driven. They do not think in terms of what is the best for people. They think of what is best to advance their socialist agenda which is to take total control over everything and every one. They think that what ever advances their agenda to be in total control is what people should accept. If people do not accept their agenda they believe that they are either evil or ignorant; after all they know best and their way is the only way.
    Dems, liberals, progressives, socialists and communists are all the same just in varying degrees.
    Freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness is what this nation was founded for. The American people have rejected totalitarian government. Those who will up their freedom for safety and being fed by the government will end up being enslaved or eliminated by the government that they embraced.
    Those who embraced communism and rebelled against the established government to bring in communism were eliminated after the communists, with their help, took power. They were considered rebels which the communists used to gain power but would no tolerate in their regime. ?So it will be here if we the people foolishly rebel against our government which has its power by the consent to the people. Communism doe not allow the people, which it claims it serves, to have any say so in how they are governed. The leader of communism, which have slandered the leaders of free government saying they do not served the people. will not serve the people but enslave them and any who raise a voice in protest will be eliminated. So it has been and so it will be.
    We ought to cherish and hold dear the freedoms we have and not abuse them. To abuse our freedoms is to lose them.
    If the people do not uphold their right to bear arms, that is, to have guns to protect themselves they will be left defenseless. Those governments which have taken guns from the people under the guise of keeping the guns from the hands of criminals or terrorists have, because there is not deterrent to their power, have become the criminals and terrorists.
    Remember Germany, Russia, China, Cuba and South American countries who all have taken guns from their citizens under some pretense and them murdered thousands and even millions of their own citizens.
    These are those who promise freedom but because they are themselves enslaved to evil and their own ambition will enslave all those over which they usurp power. Given power they will abuse it. Our founders knew this so put in place checks and balances the final check is the citizens “bearing arms” so that ultimately the power resides in the hands of the people who being armed are a deterrent to those who would be oppressive and murderous rulers.
    With this power come enormous responsibility. The responsibility to be righteous and just and not abuse their power. Where ever there is unrighteousness there is abuse of power.
    Mao said “Political power comes from the barrel of a gun. Never let it slip from the grasp of the Communist Party”. I say “Political and social freedom and safety comes from the barrel of a gun or any other means for us to protect ourselves. Never let it slip from the grasp of the people.” We can only survive as a free people it we are first righteous then we will be able to preserve this nation with a government that is of the people and for the people.
    If we laps into wickedness are will destroy one another and our nation will fall from within. WE must be ever diligent and reject those who would try to buy our votes with handouts, bribes and inducements which only serve to keep them in power. Those who propose to give us all we want, if we follow them,will have the power to take all THEY want and all we have and will do so, not to provide for us, but to keep themselves in power. Anyone who promises to give you all you want only wants to get all they want and to used you to get it.

  31. Liberal democrats are so far out of touch with people. These elected fools need to go into retail stores and grocery stores and see all robots doing jobs that humans used to do. The elected go to high price stores where they are treated like royalty spending taxpayer money. Come down into real world and see in person. This wont happen as they believe they are better than common people. These liberal democratic terrorist want to see One World Government like Obama and Bush presidents wanted. They actually want to bring back slavery to free world.

  32. When minimum wage increases, so does the cost of everything one purchases. Also, when minimum-wage jobs are paid at a higher rate, more skilled jobs are expected to pay more — thereby causing more inflation than already exists. Basic economics — but the Dems apparently didn’t take that class in school.

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