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Samuel Adams

American Patriot & Politician

1722 - 1803

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
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Hot Issues From Linn County Iowa
Thursday, 8 September 2016
No Wages Are Not Living Wages

There has been a lot of talk lately about Minimum Wages

Quite a few people, with the best of intentiions favor raising them.

Their assumptions are that this will allow people who are now making

the minimum wage to have a higher income and that their lives will become


What if they are wrong?

At present we have the Lowest Labor Partition Rate in almost 40 years 

That means a lot of people looking for jobs

Some of them were making minimum wage,

Some were making $10 to $15 an hour.

There are reasons for the difference

We all know these reasons so there is no need to go into them here,

The point is that in the past people making a minimum wage

were not competing   with the people that an employer would offer

$10 to $15 and hour.

They will will be in the future.

So what does this mean?

For the people who were already making $10 to $15 an hour

There will be a lot more jobs out there for them,

Their Lives will get better,

For the people who were making the Old Minimum Wage?

Their Lives will get just a little bit harder.

I heard the County Supervisor vote on the Second Reading was 4 to 1.

I want to commend John Harris for his principled stand

To try to protect the ability of our lowest wage earners to find jobs,

But I do not expect him to suceed, 



Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 3:07 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 10 September 2016 3:44 PM CDT
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