If passion was worth two votes instead of one, those who said Michigan shouldn’t follow California’s lead and adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2022 would have prevailed in this week’s poll. But it isn’t, so they didn’t. Of 202 votes tallied to date, 45 percent said yes, 38 percent said no and 17 percent agreed with the sentiment “By 2022, what good does that do – by then $15 will be worth $7.50.”
Michael Page summed up the yes vote this way: “People who have at least a high school diploma and a job history of working ought to be able to earn a living wage. Companies, especially big corporations, who have benefited from the US economy ought to be willing to support that. Otherwise, there will be few left to buy their products – hence, the current stagnant economy. Wise up billionaires!”
While Judith Brooks spoke heartily for the nos: “No way! Minimum wage jobs are no-skill jobs. They’re not intended to support a family or put one through college. Educate/train yourself if you want more than the minimum out of life.”
Me, I’m on the side of a sharply higher minimum wage. Someone who works at minimum wage should be able to live independently. We have far too many working poor in this country. People – including many in the middle class – are working two or three jobs to live what they perceive to be the American Dream. Creating a massive underclass of people while the 1 percent controls between 38 and 90 percent (depending on who you believe) of the wealth in this country seems like a path to permanent economic gloom to me.
I welcome your views.