Raising The Lowest Rung

As I write this article, the minimum wage has risen or will rise this week in 20 states, the most widespread non-federally mandated raise in the minimum wage in US history.

This is the result of a national “movement” of low-wage workers, their advocates, labor unions, and Left-wing politicians fomenting anger, discord, and hysteria about the supposedly widening gap between the rich and the “poor” in the United States.

Raising The Lowest Rung
Raising The Lowest Rung

Of course, the presumably unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage is that teens just entering the workforce, especially Black teens, will find it more difficult to get a job. Simply put, raising the lowest rung puts it out of reach of the less able.

So what will happen is that more youths will find it harder to break into the employment market and that this barrier will “disproportionately impact” Black youths, thereby helping to perpetuate and exacerbate the syndrome of Black unemployment, poverty, criminality, and dependence upon- and cognitive servitude to government largess.

Not so oddly, I predicted this a year and two days ago. Also not so oddly, I’m less than perfectly pleased by being right.

Related Reading:

The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals
Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth.
Unemployment Insurance in Theory and Practice (Classic Reprint)
Anger and Racial Politics: The Emotional Foundation of Racial Attitudes in America
Racial Taxation: Schools, Segregation, and Taxpayer Citizenship, 1869–1973 (Justice, Power, and Politics)

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3 Responses to “Raising The Lowest Rung”

  1. Buffet Says:

    I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’m not even certain what the minimum wage is any more. $5.65?

  2. jonolan Says:

    The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Many states have theirs set higher than that though.

  3. Buffet Says:

    Thanks man.

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