Well, there goes my fervent hope that Alito and Roberts were going to be all-around pro-life. I guess there's an off-chance that it was just their desire to leave this sort of thing up to the states... but now I'm fearful that they're going to be very permissive when states want to execute their own citizens. That bothers me.
I'm also a bit bummed - though not at all surprised - about the recent defeat of a new minimum wage. I never really looked at all the proposals or anything, but it sounded like an across the board raise of the minimum wage, from $5.15 (or whatever it is now) to something around $7.
So yeah, I think it would have been good to raise the minimum wage. It's just set way too low, and no one could really live on $5.15/hr. But here's my question: would a higher minimum wage receive more support if it wasn't an across-the-board hike? What if we had a tiered system? And not one based on the type of employment, but rather one based on the type of recipient.
What if we said "$5.15 is the minimum wage for all persons under 18" and "$7 for all persons 18 and older". I mean, we don't really need to be paying every pimply-faced teenage burger-flipper $7 an hour. That's not the class of persons a minimum wage is really designed to help. The reason we want a higher minimum wage is to ensure that persons who are working to support their families are actually able to get by. You can't support a family on $5.15 an hour. It'd be tough to do it on $7, but a heck of a lot more realistic.
So maybe we should set up who gets a higher wage based on a factor like age. I mean, we determine all sorts of social privileges on that basis, so why not wage requirements? You can't drive until you're 16, or collect Social Security until you're 65, so how about setting our wages based on that same factor? It seems to make some real sense, and frankly I think it'll help garner even more support for a higher minimum wage. It would keep the overall cost of a higher minimum wage down, but still achieve the same results proponents want to see. Has this sort of thing been proposed in the past? Anyone know? Thoughts?
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