Persuasive Essay On Minimum Wage

822 Words4 Pages
The minimum wage was established in 1938 as a vital tool and standard of compensation with the explicit purpose of preventing employers from underpaying their workers, thereby--presumably--keeping laborers out of abstract poverty. The measure was obviously initiated with the intention of future adjustments for inflation and economic growth, as evidenced by its inaugural minimum wage of a mere quarter per hour and its permanent status as a regulation in the US Department of Labor. Then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sought to install a basic income on which a whole family could persist. Unfortunately, many contemporary commentators appear to have lost track of this history, neglecting to remember that the minimum wage was created to protect workers from renumerical exploitation, and effectively forfending any efforts in the past decades to sufficiently increase or at least adjust for inflation the minimum wage. Consequently, the minimum wage of today is vastly insufficient to cover even the most basic needs of even a single person, much less an entire family, marooning millions in spiralling poverty. The minimum wage must be dramatically increased for the immediate economic stability of huge swaths of Americans.
Most Americans have woes regarding how, exactly, ends are to be met, but none have concerns as serious as those of minimum wage toilers. The federal minimum wage is $7.25; a person who works for minimum wage “40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year...with no time off

More about Persuasive Essay On Minimum Wage

Open Document