FAILURE TO PROVIDE LIVING WAGE ENSURES UNEQUAL SUBSIDIZATION OF MANY GROUPS OF SOCIETY
(These thoughts are purely the blunt, no nonsense personal opinions of the author about financial fairness and discrimination and are not intended to provide personal or financial advice.)
Many including conservative and far right leaning political views imply that a living wage or even a $15 minimum wage is unsustainable even while ensuring the financial privileging of the wealthy. The following article was published in local newspapers and states much more eloquently than this author can the financial harm and discrimination that low minimum wages cause.
“Low Wages are a subsidy” opinion letter gives an accurate summation of subsidies experienced when minimum wage does not equal what it costs to live.
Article quoted in its entirety:
“I understand the minimum wage is a very contentious issue but I would just like give my thoughts on this.
If a person is on minimum wage and does not earn enough to survive then they must have their wages topped up be it either state welfare, charity, parents or working another job. If it is by state welfare then the business is receiving a subsidy through my taxes. If it is by charity, then the business is receiving a subsidy through the charitable donations to the worker. If the working lives at home then it is by the parents.
If the worker takes on another job, the subsidy is through his low wages. The simple truth is that by paying minimum wage someone is making up the difference to a living wage and someone is benefiting from the low wage. We as consumers should feel guilty that these workers are subsidizing our lifestyle by us not paying the real price for the goods or service.”
Editorials and opinion letters to local newspapers in the recent past have dissed raising the minimum wage and climate pricing while praising charitable organizations. Some spout biblical verses while stating there always will be poverty. Charity touted as panacea for poverty does not solve poverty problem. Charity only masks poverty and should be viewed as sinful when it replaces paying a decent living wage or pushes poor further into poverty while financially privileging the wealthy and fleecing the poor.