Do you mean that if someone is employed, the employer is mandated by law to pay them at least "X" amount per year? Or that everyone of working age and ability receives a check from the government every month? Just checking for clarification.
I do have to argue with the points you raised. Increasing wages across the board to ensure the results you're looking for won't work unless you also impose price control measures to ensure prices don't go up. So a set price for gas, a set price for groceries, etc etc. I don't see that happening. All the business owners I've ever worked for simply passed on their increased operating costs to the public through price hikes, or they reduced their overhead by cutting back on staff hours and benefits like paid vacation time, or a combination of both. How do you plan on getting around this fact? Legislating the amount a business can raise their prices per year? Tie that into inflation like they already do with Social Security?
It's a nice enough idea in principle, but the devil is always in the details.
Liberal, but pragmatic
· 9 years ago