Congrats to those getting a raise today... Hey, tough noogies...

@ParaTed2k (22977)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
July 24, 2009 6:23am CST
Today, the few people making the federal minimum wage get an (up to) 70 cent/hr raise. That's great for those getting it! Not such a good day for those whose minimum wage jobs will disappear so the others can get a raise. If you get a raise today, be sure to thank the people who won't have a job so you can enjoy yours more.
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@irishidid (8714)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Ted, my son is one of those getting a raise today. He works hard, doesn't miss work, does his job and is well thought of by his boss. He had asked for a raise and his boss had told him the minimum wage was going up so just to wait. I don't totally agree with the minimum wage especially when it comes to those getting a raise who have done nothing to deserve it. My son works hard and deserved a raise and it isn't his fault or others like him that slack offs are getting a raise today too.
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@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
24 Jul 09
Nope, but at the least your hard working, deserving son can do is thank those whose incomes are being sacrificed for his raise. Don't you think?
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@irishidid (8714)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I have no intention of throwing a guilt trip on a kid that isn't even 18 yet.
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@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
24 Jul 09
and if your hard working, deserving son was one who was getting the boot so others can enjoy their raise?
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I am so sick of these people raising minimum wage. I don't know why people can't realize that this results in a loss of jobs and an increase in prices. I remember back in the 90's when you could get a value meal for $2.99. Tacos at Taco Bell were 29 cents. Now value meals are closer to $6 and tacos cost 99 cents because someone decided that the 16 year olds who do these jobs need a "living wage". Minimum wage jobs are for teenagers or people with no marketable skills. If you want a living wage, learn a skill and work a job that pays a decent wage. Raising wages across the board means raising prices which in the end costs EVERYONE more.
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@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
24 Jul 09
People would rather scrape for guarenteed pittances than take the risks that come with achievement.
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@N4life (851)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Raising wages and inflation are not related.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
24 Jul 09
This isn't inflation I'm talking about. I'm talking about businesses raising the cost of goods to compensate for an increase in minimum wage. I thought my examples made that rather clear. Raising minimum wage affects the cost of goods and services from businesses employing minimum wage workers and causes layoffs to compensate if they have a particularly large staff. Minimum wage increases do NOTHING for people who are already above the minimum wage except make life more costly.
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@spalladino (17921)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Sorry, Ted, this is the same doom and gloom bs that goes around EVERY TIME the minimum wage goes up. Your attempt to put the responsibililty for this increase on the individual workers is grossly unfair and unrealistic since not one minimum wage earner had any say in it.
@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
24 Jul 09
No, I congratulated the people who will get raises today. I also acknowledged that those raise don't come in a vacuum. It is far from unrealistic to say that the raises to those getting them at the expense of someone else. Is it too much to expect a little gratitude from people being handed more money?
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@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
24 Jul 09
Just out of curiosity, do you think that business owners who are making less per hour than the minimum wage should be give raises?
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I'm going to have to agree with Spall, that the vast majority of minimum wage workers didn't vote on any of this.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Don't try and put a guilt trip on the people who make a minimum raise. In this day and age we all need an increase and people who make minimum wage are at poverty level. I agree that raises should be based on merit...but people who are just entering the job market need to be able to afford to get to work and to dress for work.
@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
28 Jul 09
Don't bore me with crap about guilt trips. This "raise" doesn't come out of the ether, and it isn't "free money". It comes at a cost. I guess gratitude is a little too much to ask of anyone these days.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
29 Jul 09
How about people that are underemployed. People with skills and families that can not find a job in their field. I personally have a masters in Computer science, my job was off-shored and due to my age I can't even get an interview. I now work at a job that is paying me about a 1/3 of what I was making. I am seriously considering a minimum wage job to help make up the deficit. Oh BTW, a friend of mine, MS in SPecial Ed is already working in a Kohl's to help make ends meet. She is in her field and making just a bit more than I am.