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When did raising the minimum wage result in reduction in poverty?

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To The Daily Sun,

After reading Nick Vazzana's latest, it confirms my suspicion Sandwich water is contaminated with "liberal lunacy". Nick's well hit the mother load. He informs us he was president of a software company. Being president offers no assurance of advanced insight about anything as we can all have witnessed watching five years of Obama bungling. Watching his Syria escapades suggests the words buffoon and president are now on the same page in the dictionary.
Nick loathes the lack of hikes to the minimum wage. He suggests businesses are mean, greedy people who squash the upward mobility of Americans because they need to turn a profit to stay in business. While Nick was president, I dealt with dozens of companies as a consultant to every kind of business imaginable, service industries, hospitality, manufacturing and retail. So my insight comes with a bit of a broader understanding of the business world than Nick's. I was also the owner of two businesses, one of which employed many minimum wage, low skilled employees. I risked my own money, as all entrepreneurs do, in hopes of creating security for my family while creating jobs for others at wages I could afford to pay and stay in business.
Every business owner, no matter where or what kind, pays the LEAST wages it has to in order to remain competitive and the MOST it has to, to retain a qualified work force. There is no CONFUSION in this MOST BASIC of business logic 101. Liberal wonks like Nick think GOD left them some MORAL AUTHORITY to change this. Changing this dynamic BY WHIM, that is what we are talking about, would do far more harm than good. EVERY arbitrary action to change basic business principles aimed to create equality has led us to one place, financial DISASTER. You want more no-down-payment, no-job homes for the less fortunate? The Nicks of the world were YELLING for that "equality fix " six years ago. Look at the harm and suffering that ONE EQUALITY CONCEPT created.
Nick wants the minimum wage raised for equality and fairness. We have raised the minimum wage NUMEROUS times. In fact if it were adjusted only for inflation (as it should be) the minimum wage today would be $4.50 not $7.25. I ask Nick, did any of the previous increases to the minimum wage reduce the poverty rate? Nope, the poverty rate is at a record as I write this. Did raising it reduce the number of people in need of welfare? Nope, We have 47 million people on welfare, a record number. Did the other hikes in the minimum wage help employment? Nope, we now have the LOWEST PERCENTAGE of the population working today than we have had in 30 years.
Raising the minimum wage kills job creation, increases layoffs, forces job sharing, cuts employee work hours, and INCREASES the PRICES FOR EVERYTHING YOU BUY, further harming the buying power of those most vulnerable in our society. Nick, FDR and Obama are all " equality SNAKE OIL, salesmen". There noble ideas all end in one place, THE TOILET. Any one for another low-interest, no down payment, no-job home to produce EQUALITY? Or for higher wages that produce no more work output but HIGHER PRICES? BOTH ARE CERTIFIED brain dead, losing ideas as we have seen before.
Tony Boutin