Take A Look At Homeless
January 14, 2016
the past two years, we have raised the minimum wage twice.
Have any more people gone to work?
Actually, if they took a survey, they would find that less
people have worked less hours, and their take-home pay will
be about the same.
The problem is that businesses need to increase revenue
in order to pay more wages. It is a simple axiom: You can
only pay out what comes in.
So now we have raised the cost of production. Who pays for
that? Well the consumer still has the same amount of money
to spend so there is no additional income.
Let’s look how it worked in our newspaper business.
Our lowest paid employee made $9.35 an hour when the minimum
wage was $8 an hour. He made $9.35 when the minimum wage
was $9 and hour. When it went up to $10 an hour, his hours
How was he helped? How did it affect the business?
Well the business could not raise rates because it would
lose business, and have even less money for payroll. So
it kept it same rates. Everyone was asked to work harder.
In the real world, the cost of labor should go up when the
company brings in more money. The company brings in more
money when more people want the product. Wages go up when
the company needs to hire more people to help fill the orders.
Now we can recall years ago when the company had 22 paper
carriers. It didn’t last, however, because the state
decided to mandate workers compensation insurance for all
the carriers. You may have noticed over the past couple
decades that there are no longer any paperboys or papergirls
riding around the neighborhood delivering papers.
In the wisdom of the state politicians, they decided that
the combination of riding bikes and delivering papers was
a dangerous one, even though most of the kids rode their
bikes all the time, with carefree enthusiasm.
Or, perhaps, it was some union that felt these young entrepreneurs
were taking a job away from some union member who needed
to make $5 an hour.
We have no paper carriers now. It is all done by the Post
But think about the lessons that were once taught when the
carriers delivered their papers.
These young kids had to learn to be on time. They had to
learn to be polite, and also be a business person. Many
of our presidents and judges have been paper carriers and
it seems to have served them well.
Now let’s look at the homeless. Some are simply people
who can't find jobs. What has happened to the jobs? Well
most have gone out of the country where the workers don’t
make what ours do.
No one can beat Americans when it comes to production, however,
if the ones who produce the products are being paid half
the price of an American worker that is foul play. We can’t
compete, nor should be forced to.
Free trade should be fair trade, which means that everyone
in on the same playing field. Of course Chinese goods are
cheaper. They steal our technology and make their products
with forced labor. It’s UNFAIR.
Why do we let them do it? Why do we allow that work to go
overseas when we have able bodied men and women who need
There are people who are homeless who would work if they
could, but many of them have addiction problems, mental
problems, or have sexual problems which force them to live
on the streets. Many of them are qualified for welfare,
but are unable to go through the application process or
follow the rules.
Our biggest job should be to provide jobs and that means
allowing small business to put America back to work.
If the government insists on forcing them to pay inflated
wages then they cannot hire people. Why not spend some of
the money being spent on welfare and provide it as an incentive
for small business to hire more people.
We have gotten to the place where only fast food stores
can afford to hire, and they don’t even offer full-time
or full-pay positions.
Maybe what we need is the return to the intern program where
veterans teach the newcomers how to work.