Among the number of economically disastrous policy
prescriptions offered by President Obama during his State of the Union address,
a hiking of the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour was one of the saddest. For a President who
believes you can spend your way out of debt, the proposal wasn’t surprising. But
now many in Congress are reportedly ready to back the measure. If enacted, the minimum wage hike will only make the economy worse.
No serious thinker in the 21st century believes a higher minimum wage will help low-skilled workers. In fact, it will have the
opposite effect. Wages are not determined by employers- they are paid by much
each worker produces.
The freedom to choose means the freedom to accept wages
offered. By hiking the minimum wage, all Congress will do is outlaw employing
will work for less than $9 an hour. For young
aspiring workers with little experience, this is a senseless policy.
Contact your representative in Congress and tell them to oppose any hike of the minimum wage now.
Hiking the Minimum Wage is Poor Policy!
Dear [Decision Maker],
During President Obama's State of the Union address, he asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour. At first, I thought nobody in Congress would actually endorse such an economically disastrous law. But now it appears that some lawmakers may join with the President in supporting this measure. I find this highly concerning.Instead of helping young, low-skilled workers, you will be committing them to life of perpetual unemployment by raising the minimum wage. The minimum serves as a barrier outlawing productive labor below a price threshold. This makes it more difficult for a prospective worker to find a job.Please do not be enticed by the fantasy that governments can create prosperity by writing laws. Let workers and employers be free to choose their own wages. The job market for young workers is already bad enough; don't make it worse by raising the minimum wage.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]