Speak Out: Minimum wage debate

Readers continued to react to a recent commentary by Mike O’Halloran is state director of National Federation of Independent Business in Delaware, headlined “Minimum wage hike would crush many Delaware small businesses.”

•How about we discuss the fact that, if wages had risen with the cost of living over the course of the last 20 or 30 years, we wouldn’t be where we are now. We’re talking the course of a minimum of one generation; wages could’ve been raised gradually over that time, and the burden on small businesses would’ve been easier to bear. So of course, shooting the minimum wage from 10 or 11 bucks to at least 15 in a short period of time is too much. That should go without saying. Now the question is, why did wages stagnate over the last two to three decades? Prices went up anyway, as they do — inflation — but why were wages left behind? Do you think there’s an actual, tangible reason for that? — Ian Kowalewski

• Meanwhile where is the outrage for all the continuing profits going directly into the bank accounts of those at the top? I know, they had a few decisions to make, so they deserve it. American productivity that has done nothing but increase has nothing to do with those performing the actual labor. I agree, it is pretty old to hear folks argue against their own interest, almost as if they believe those at the top that they hero worship got there by doing just the same. — Clark Rife

• I tend to believe that wages have stagnated due to the constant printing of money, which has greatly devalued the dollar, which has also caused the goods we purchase to cost more as well as wages to remain low. The Federal Reserve should not be a printing press. — Mike Rowe

• We no longer have enough collateral to back the money the Federal Reserve prints. We have sold out debts to other countries to be able to print more money, thus inflation is up while wages remain stagnant.— David A Gibson

• Those that aren’t business owners may not understand the reality. Paying your employees more means you have to increase cost to your customers or there is no way for the business to survive. Take child care for example. If the employees are paid this much more, then the families of the children enrolled will have to pay more for childcare in order to help pay for the increased wages. There is no other way. — Danielle Harrison

• Crushing small businesses is awful, but crushing people is OK. — Patricia Marie Diienno

• Well since small business employs the majority of the nation, yes. Start your own business and tell me how easy it is. — Aaron Layton

• You do realize that the real minimum wage is $0.00? Historically, centralized economic planning has never, ever been sustainable. But as long as you feel good about yourself, and the politicians get their votes, nothing else matters. — Hezzie John Schools

•People will not be intentionally crushed, but business owners will not be able to absorb the increased fixed costs and if their business drops as their prices increase, then the employer really only has two choices — reduce their costs by reducing everyone’s hours or the number of employees — or go out of business. — Dan Maher

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