Minimum Wage Persuasive Speech

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Preventing Minimum Wage
Speech Overview:
General Goal: To persuade - to create, change or reinforce attitudes, values, beliefs and/or behaviors.
Specific Goal: By the end of this speech my audience will believe that minimum wage in America should be raised all around the nation.
Introduction: (This is where you start talking)
Attention Grabber: How many of us have worked a job that pays $7.25 - $7.50 a hour? Most minimum wage workers are under the age of 25.
Relevance Statement: Most of us will work at a job that pays minimum wage at some point in our life. It is usually known as our first job. Since most of us are under the age of 25 I find this a very important topic to talk about. According to the U.S. Bureau of labor statistics in 2014 1.3 million workers of the age of 16
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Speech Body
Existence of Problem: The minimum wage rate is causing higher levels of poverty and unemployment. Evidence of Problem Existence: On a article Michael Saltsman wrote that President Obama has discussed raising the minimum wage rate to $9.00 per hour. He believes that "a higher minimum wage can reduce poverty without reducing employment." On another article listed on The Washington Post Mike Konczal stated "Dube uses the latest in minimum-wage statistics and finds a negative relationship between the minimum wage and poverty. Specifically, raising the minimum wage 10 percent (say from $7.25 to near $8) would reduce the number of people living in poverty 2.4 percent." Evidence of Problem Existence: Most of us can't get by on minimum wage pay and leaves people struggling at home. Chris Isidore stated on a article listed on CNN that "About 20% of American adults who have jobs are earning only $10.65 an hour or less, according to Osterman's analysis. Even at 40 hours a week, that amounts to less than $22,314, the poverty level for a family of
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