Aid poor, boost economy by raising minimum wage

November 18, 2013 

Income inequality is the largest it has been since before the Great Depression. Most of the economic gains made since the 2009 collapse have gone to the top 1 percent of wage earners. The stock market is booming while those at the bottom are suffering more than ever.

Raising the minimum wage is the simplest way of improving our economy while helping those who need it the most. It will have the effect of bringing large numbers of workers out of poverty.

It will not raise taxes. In fact, it will lower the need for food stamps, housing assistance, and Medicaid. As corporations are now making record profits, it would add little, if any, to costs of consumer products.

Most Americans agree that this is a good idea. According to a recent Gallup poll, 91 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of independents, and 58 percent of Republicans were in favor of raising the minimum wage.

Last February, in his State of the Union address, President Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage to $9 per hour. Currently, there is a bill under consideration in the Senate to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour. Isn't it time that we take action now?

Unfortunately, key Republican politicians are not in line with public opinion. Speaker John Boehner says that he is against raising the minimum wage. Our senator, Marco Rubio, is reportedly in favor of getting rid of the minimum wage altogether.

We should let our representatives know how we feel about raising the minimum wage. It is the simplest and most effective way of helping those most in need. It is money that will be spent immediately, lifting our economy for the benefit of us all.

Ask Rep. Vern Buchanan and Sen. Marco Rubio to raise the minimum wage now!

James Frazier

Bradenton

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