May 6, 2014
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-NC, and her Democratic ilk just don’t seem to get it when it comes to this country’s minimum wage.
Recently, Hagan released a statement chastising her Republican counterparts for blocking legislation in the Senate aimed at raising the national minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour.
“I’m deeply disappointed that partisan politics prevented the Senate from moving forward on commonsense legislation that would benefit more than 1 million North Carolinians who are struggling to support their families …” she said. “Anyone who has ever lived on the minimum wage will tell you that this should not be used as a political football …”
Don’t try to convince us that the Dems aren’t kicking the football around just as vigorously — hopeful of swaying votes to their side of the playing field.
But as we have from the beginning, we see things far differently than Hagan and her entitlement cronies.
It is our position that it was the Republican senators who took commonsense action by blocking the measure. While Hagan says a 40-percent raise in the minimum wage would benefit 1 million state residents, she fails to estimate how many North Carolina business owners and their employees would be hurt by the raise in pay because of the ripple effects.
After all, more money being paid to employees will certainly mean businesses can employ fewer employees — and some businesses may have to close because of that higher overhead. The short-sighted Democrats fail to include those numbers in their playbooks.
On top of that, the minimum wage — much like Social Security — was never intended to be a livable wage. And if it is made to be so, it will remove yet another incentive for people to work harder for better jobs and act as another handout for menial jobs.
Going even further, those who have worked their way up from minimum wage to a double-figure hourly wage would suddenly be thrust backward into the very same grouping of those making a similar wage and didn’t work to earn it.
No, this country doesn’t need such an astronomical raise in the minimum wage. Sure, push it to $7.50 if you must. But if the Democratic Party wants to do what’s best for the American workers, join with Republicans and come up with legislation that would give all hourly employees a mandatory cost-of-living raise — every year.
It’s the only kind of wage increase that makes sense, and is far more fair across the board.