As we approach another Labor Day we still have millions of workers who face the prospect of either paying their bills or feeding their families, because their wages are so low that they often can’t do both. 83 percent of all Americans now believe that the minimum wage should be raised and a number of states have already enacted laws that have raised the minimum wage in their states at least to $10.10. Some cities have actually raised the minimum wage to as high as $15.00 an hour and even a few corporations and companies have taken steps to increase the wages of their employees to a level that is at or above the federal standard of $10.10 per hour that President Obama has set with his executive order.
Those are positive steps in the right direction but there are still millions of workers not affected by those states, cities and corporations who have taken a step to improve the lot of low wage workers. On the eve of a holiday started by workers for workers we have to encourage a do-nothing congress to raise the federal minimum for all workers across the board.
The old cry that raising the minimum wage will hurt the economy is long been disproved. Economists agree that raising the minimum wage will boost the economy and create more jobs not less jobs. The record is clear raising the minimum wage create jobs it doesn’t stagnate the economy. And there is one quick way for congress to do that. Pass the president’s bill to rebuild our infrastructure most of which is crumbling and in much need of rebuilding.
We have roads and bridges on main highly traveled highways that are way past dangerous and are simply major disasters waiting to happen which when they do will cost not only billions to fix but will likely cause the loss of hundreds if not thousands of lives. Lives that should be more important than ending government as we know it. Not only will that save lives it will also create millions of new living wage jobs and put millions of the unemployed back to work.
Low wage workers are making billions in profits for big box stores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, it’s time they gave back to their employees a little of those profits. No CEO in the world needs nor do they deserve to make 3 or 4 hundred thousand dollars a week. And anyone who thinks they do has a screw loose in my opinion. And don’t give me that old song and dance that they earn that type of compensation because they don’t and they never have. They depend upon their employees to do their jobs and if their employees don’t do their jobs then the company doesn’t reap the profits that pays them and their stockholders there geld.
And it’s not socialism allowing their employees a piece of the pie raked in by the profits they make. Many companies have been allowing their employees to share in the profits of the company for many, many years and they haven’t, not one single one, turned into socialist entities. They still have a bottom line and they are still a capitalistic entity. It’s totally false for anyone to make such an outrageous claim.
Profit sharing companies have been around for well over 100 years. Allowing employees to share in the profits of a company makes a lot more sense than having employees working for you that have to be trained on how to go about seeking government assistance because you don’t pay them enough to feed, clothe and house their families.
On this Labor Day we should be asking the question of all of our corporate powers why aren’t you paying your employees a living wage? It’s the Christian thing to do and if you are a person and if your company is a Christian company as you say it is then why aren’t you following the teachings that Jewish Rabbi from Nazareth and paying his children their worth for the work that they do? I don’t recall that Christ ever said, “Blessed are the rich for they shall prosper against all others!” But he did say, “What you do unto the least of mine, you also do unto me!”
Mr. Green of Hobby Lobby if you really are such a true Christian as you claim to be then why aren’t you and the Walton family paying your employees a fair and living wage? Why do so many of your employees have to receive public assistance just to be able to feed, clothe and house their families?
Riddle me that Mr. Green?