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On the minimum wage (again)

in response to your minimum wage post: “Will there be painful market corrections? Yes. THAT’S THE EFFING POINT. If businesses can’t sustain themselves without paying their employees a living wage, then those businesses…”

…will hire fewer workers

…will raise prices, hurting poor people the most

…will fire everyone and relocate to another country

…will become uncompetitive and permanently depress the economy of an entire region (see: detroit)

…will accelerate the move toward automation

basically, the way to actually help the little guy is abolish the minimum wage and the idea of illegal immigrants— raising the minimum wage isn’t actually a solution.

Okay, here we go. Line by line, one more time for the cheap seats:

in response to your minimum wage post: “Will there be painful market corrections? Yes. THAT’S THE EFFING POINT. If businesses can’t sustain themselves without paying their employees a living wage, then those businesses…”
First of all, I didn’t say “THAT’S THE EFFING POINT.” I said “THAT’S THE FUCKING POINT.” If you can’t even bring yourself to type the word FUCKING, then maybe you shouldn’t be sitting at the adult table.

…will hire fewer workers
No they won’t. That’s Reagan-era thinking. Wake up and smell the policy research.

…will raise prices, hurting poor people the most
If Chicken McNuggets cost an extra three cents a piece, so be it. Prices should go up on goods and services that rely on minimum wage labor. Oh, and you know what hurts poor people the most? POVERTY WAGES, ASSHOLE.

…will fire everyone and relocate to another country
Too late. That shit already happened. It’s been a global economy for a while now, and the threat of outsourcing is a bullshit excuse not to pay American workers a living wage.

…will become uncompetitive and permanently depress the economy of an entire region (see: detroit)
Oh, please. The American auto industry shit the bed because of executive mismanagement in the face of a global financial meltdown. That wasn’t about wages. Detroit got fucked in the ass by Wall Street.

…will accelerate the move toward automation
Fine. Automate. Maximize efficiencies. Bring on the fucking robots.

basically, the way to actually help the little guy is abolish the minimum wage and the idea of illegal immigrants— raising the minimum wage isn’t actually a solution.
Oh, I get it. You want all the brown people to start working for a buck fifty an hour. Great solution there, chief. As long as we’re abolishing the minimum wage, why don’t we just abolish all those pesky OSHA regulations while we’re at it? Nothing says free market capitalism like a permanent underclass of immigrant child labor working at slave wages in unsafe conditions for sixteen hours a day!

You are absolutely insane if you think abolishing the minimum wage helps the little guy. Seriously, dude. Take off the fedora and back away from the Ayn Rand novels, because you’re starting to lose touch with reality.

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