Persuasive Essay: Should The Government Raise Minimum Wage?

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Lauren Walker The debates held over aspects of the economy, especially minimum wage, are too numerous to count. The question these days is whether the government should raise the minimum wage or not. To be honest, I believe our country would be better off without a minimum wage, and let businesses decide for themselves what to pay their employers. There are several reasons to be against this claim, but there a subsequent reasons for it, reasons that define a stable economy. Having a minimum wage in our country limits the efficiency of businesses, limits the availability of jobs to citizens because of illegal immigrants, and even drives some people out of business. Without a minimum wage, businesses like Wendy’s, MacDonald’s, and Burger King could be more efficient. For example, if one of these fast food chains had a budget of $80 dollars an hour for its workers, and had to pay each one of them $8 because of minimum wage, the restaurant would only get to hire ten workers. But, if the restaurant was allowed…show more content…
By raising the minimum wage to $8, the government thinks that poverty will go down and the quality of living will go up. But, with the increase in pay comes the increase demand for skilled workers. The skilled workers are not the ones in poverty right now. The more skilled worker would replace the unskilled workers, who are likely to take the minimum wage job in the first place, if the minimum wage were to go up. This would defeat the whole purpose of the idea to eradicate poverty. Ridding the country of a minimum wage would mean more economical freedom for businesses, increased efficiency, and more jobs on the market for citizens. This would be one less thing the government controlled. Freedom was one of the founding principles of our country, and that meant in all areas of life, especially economic

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