To The Daily Sun,
Do you actually want poor people's lives improved? Or are you satisfied with feeling good by supporting helpful-sounding programs and politicians (despite their results)?
To escape poverty, people need jobs. For a job, you need an employer. Most people, like me, start in an entry-level job because, with limited or unknown skills and work habits, our contributions to an employer are small. Once employed, people can learn, contribute more, and earn more. So, entry-level jobs are key to escaping poverty.
To create a job, an employer must have a task worth the cost of performing it (wages, plus significant other expenses, e.g., benefits, taxes, training, administration, various insurances, work space, work equipment, and contingencies). The lower the total cost, the more work (jobs) an employer can afford. The higher the cost, fewer jobs will be created.
Most of us want everyone to be successful and earn a decent living. Politicians take advantage of our desire for good for others by promoting an ever higher minimum wage.
But, as you increase the cost of getting a job done (wages plus everything else), the fewer jobs, especially entry-level jobs, are created. For example, the CBO estimated that President Obama's recent minimum wage increase proposal would cost 500,000 jobs. Bill Gates discusses minimum wage: http://bit.ly/1eeBlLZ
Other factors also make it harder to get a job. Bad schools mean more people compete for entry-level jobs. Millions of illegal aliens compete, often off the books at less cost, for entry-level jobs. Finally, the more difficult our laws and regulations make it for a business to be successful (including raising costs per employee) the fewer jobs are created.
Politicians who tolerate illegal aliens, who support minimum-wage increases, continuing excessive regulations like Obamacare, increasing taxes and fees, obstructing development of our natural resources; and who oppose school choice are making it more difficult for poor people to get the jobs needed to climb out of poverty.
Unfortunately, President Obama has been aggressively doing all these things. These progressive job-killing policies increase the cost of running a business and the cost of each employee. These Progressive policies have prevented the economy from rebounding strongly and are why most Americans are poorer after five years of President Obama's policies.
Nevertheless after more than 50 years of propaganda, people who don't examine the results of progressive policies are fooled into feeling good about them by their benevolent sounding names, e.g., Affordable Care Act, and glowing (false) promises.
However, history shows that progressive policies hurt people. They steal people's freedom and opportunities and lock them in poverty. To actually help people, progressive policies must be replaced with pro-growth, job-creating conservative policies.