Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them. - Laurence J. Peter

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A case against the minimum wage

Henry and Charles work at Big Bob's Burger Boutique in Lexington for $7 per hour. Henry is 40 years old. His life hasn't gone well - his wife left him a few years ago and he struggles with alcoholism. He's in financial trouble: he pays child support payments, he can barely afford his mortgage payments, and he hasn't saved anything for retirement. Charles is a 19-year-old university student studying biology. His life is going well - his grades are good, he has a steady girlfriend, and his parents are paying for his university fees so his income from the Burger Boutique goes mainly towards partying on the weekends.

You're a citizen of Lexington. Lexington is considering raising the minimum wage from $7 to $9. How will you vote? Won't you give poor Henry and Charles a helping hand?



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