To The Daily Sun,
The Aug. 18 Laconia Daily Sun contained two informative articles about how minimum wage increases affects jobs.
Michael Kitch's article "What if Laconia had a $15 minimum wage?" suggests that the impact on jobs depends on how the minimum wage compares to the local median wage, i.e., a minimum wage increase that has no effect on jobs in one place could devastate jobs in another place.
Another article titled, "Local employers say NYC-style minimum wage hike would be 'negative' for business" reports the impact on two New Hampshire employers. Sawyer Dairy Bar would have to raise prices which I believe would impact sales. The other employer says such a minimum wage increase would likely put him out of business, killing jobs for 120 people.
Nevertheless in his letter of Aug. 26, Dave Pollack advocates a minimum wage increase and plays politics with the important issue of Americans being able to earn a decent living. Advocating a minimum wage increase is a beneficent-sounding superficial proposal to cover up the major problems in our country caused by progressive/liberal, primarily Democrat Party implemented government policies.
Increasing the minimum wage does nothing to fix the problems that create so many poor Americans.
Conservatives want every American to prosper. While some Americans are poor because they are lazy, mentally ill, trapped in welfare, or have made other bad choices, most Americans are poor because progressive/liberal policies deprive many Americans of a decent education and good job opportunities.
With the enormous amounts of money we spend on education, the 50 federal job training programs, and various state job programs, every American, except some severely handicapped, should be able to get the skills needed to earn a good living. Unfortunately progressives/liberals force students into failing and a dangerous schools resulting in high dropout rates and graduates who can't even read. These people have great difficulty getting jobs because the contribution they appear capable of making to a business is often less than the minimum wage.
Minimum wage laws deprive many people of that most important first job which is the necessary step to future better jobs and prosperity. Conservatives fight for school choice so every child can get a good education in a safe school, offer the value for his/her wages, and has the basic skills needed to be able to learn to provide more value which justifies increasing wages.
Since the 1950s, progressive/liberal government policies (excessive regulations, taxes, personnel, labor, energy, etc.) have driven millions of good manufacturing and other jobs out of our country. We were the best place in the world to start a business. Now we aren't even in the top 10 of the best places to start a business, so investment and jobs go elsewhere. Conservatives have been fighting to again make the U.S. the best place in the world for investment so new jobs are created here.
Personal experience should make everyone understand that they can hire someone cheaper if there are more, rather than fewer, willing workers. Illegal immigration and even our immigration laws benefit the politicians, businesses, and special interests, but flood the labor market taking jobs, suppressing wages, and hurting American workers.
Anyone who tolerates or approves of illegal immigration and the flood of current legal immigration hurts American workers. Conservatives want to stop illegal immigration and fight for immigration laws that benefit American workers rather than foreign workers, businesses, other special interests, and politicians.
Plentiful and inexpensive energy provided a competitive advantage to American businesses, especially in energy intensive industries such as manufacturing, allowing our businesses to prosper and provide millions of well paying jobs. But progressives/liberals have been fighting against the exploitation of our energy resources for many decades. Depending on foreign sources of energy weakens our national security, funds our enemies including terrorists, and increases energy costs for Americans. Higher energy costs have been one major factor in the loss of millions of good American jobs and reduced wages in remaining jobs.
Progressives/liberals call for a higher minimum wage which sounds very sympathetic. But this is like putting a band aid on a festering compound fracture; it may look like you are doing something but the real problems just get worse.
Progressives/liberals fight against efforts to create an environment where every American worker has the skills and job opportunities which allow them to earn a decent living. It appears that progressives/liberals don't really want Americans to be educated and prosperous because educated people can see through their false solutions and prosperous people don't need the reliable but paltry handouts that make dependent/poor people reliable Democrat Party voters.
Only conservatives are fighting for the policies that enable every American to prosper. While most candidates claim to be conservatives when they campaign, many politicians, once elected, legislate or govern as progressives/liberals because those policies benefit themselves (the politicians). Thus careful assessments of candidates' records are needed if Americans want to elect politicians who will actually solve America's problems and help every American prosper.
Another indicator of a candidate's dedication to really fixing America's problems and helping most Americans is how much a candidate is vilified by those who benefit from current policies, i.e., the Republican and Democratic Party establishments, special interests and the media.