In a nutshell, minimum wages are ‘inflated’ and get in the way of ‘profits’. They’re a ‘job killer’, he says. Perhaps he should play this game, it would be a wonderful experiment. See if he (and every other right wingnut for that matter) can get by on very low wages without asking for any help at all. I wonder if they’d even be honest in telling us the answer? Probably not, as it would go against their preaching of individuality and personal responsibility.
As for those precious profits Hugh seems to fret over, well, let me ask you, do you advocate bringing back slavery? That would maximize profits and ‘create jobs’, as you put it.
Odds are that those who earn minimum wage more than likely work harder (physically, anyway) than say, the CEO who earns 6-figures with all the fringe benefits. They are probably more likely to either come down with an occupational illness or hurt themselves on the job than the CEO. In fact, the rich CEO is how he/she is largely because of the work of the minimum wage earner.
Another thing to remember, Ayn Rand, queen of individuality and anti-welfare state; the heroine and Gawdess to all neo-cons couldn’t even live up to what she preached as she too had been found to have benefited from Medicare and Social Security. That kind of ideal the Randians, the neo-cons and the Harperites all preach is just unattainable, unless you’re very wealthy.
In the meantime, I seriously urge you all to challenge yourselves with this game.