That started me thinking about the whole “Living Wage” movement and how activists are demanding that the minimum wage be set to $15 per hour, as if that would drastically change the lives of those who are perpetually on minimum wage. Looking at the economics of that proposal, I think a high minimum wage would just cause automation and the loss of a lot of jobs, plus prices would just rise so those who did get to keep their jobs would be in about the same economic place. The idea of the compound effect, however, got me to wondering: Is there anyone out there who consistently makes good choices who is on minimum wage after many years? Specifically, please let me know if you are still on minimum wage after two years if you:
- Always show up to work on time, ready to go.
- Stuck with a job for several years, rather than always quitting and starting another minimum wage job.
- Have a pleasant attitude every day, at least when dealing with customers and coworkers.
- Work hard at your job, always trying to get things done and please the customer.
- Take advantage of opportunities that come in your working career when they are available.
- Seek out additional education to learn new skills, including picking up books from the library or reading articles on the internet to learn skills.
- Have finished high school, or at least have gotten a GED.
- Look around for other job opportunities regularly.
- Volunteer and get involved in things like Habitat for Humanity or Boy Scouts, and maybe one of the clubs like the Lions or the Rotary club.
If that is true for even one person, I’ll sign up for the Living Wage movement today. If you haven’t and are tired of being at minimum wage, would you be willing to try these things and report to us in a couple of years where you have gotten?
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