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Very little brings out the most pedantic among us, it seems, as the frightening possibility that the minimum wage might be raised, either on the state or the national level.
And nothing brings out so much contempt for fellow working-class Americans, as the possibility that they might work for anything akin to what is known as a “living wage.”
As I sat down for an interview with Stephen Copley , Executive Director of Give Arkansas a Raise Now, a group which is committed to bringing the subject of raising the Arkansas minimum wage to the November ballot, I couldn’t help but reflect that if the Chicken Littles who constantly predict doom and gloom should we raise the wage, America should have been in a state of constant decline since 1938, when it was first established, and have dug ourselves into such a hole that our economy shpould have collapsed decades ago?
A little too simplistic for you? Sorry.
Yes, well, so are many of the hoary arguments and cliches used against raising the minimum wage. As someone who worked for such a wage several times in the past, I can attest that folks who are at the bottom of the economic ladder work just as hard as those who may make more money than they do. To suggest otherwise displays an ignorance that is staggering beyond belief.
It only suggests to me that if any of the critics of the minimum wage who claim that workers are paid “what they are worth” may not have been such great employees themselves.
I recall my first marriage, and trying to earn enough from my minimum wage job to support not only myself, but also a wife and child.
Stephen Copley and Give Arkansas a Raise Now do their best to refute the cliches trotted out at a time like this. If anyone is interested in them, you can check out their website at:
In the meantime, Copley is the guest on my show this week. We’ll be discussing many of these cliches, and the fallacies which are spread about the minimum wage by those who oppose raising it.
Show days and times:
Monday - 6pm
Wednesday - 6am/6pm
Friday - 6am/6pm
Fayetteville Public Access Television is shown on Channel 218 of the Cox Channel line-up in Fayetteville, and on Channel 99 of AT&T’s U-Verse, which reaches viewers from Bella Vista to Fort Smith.
Fayetteville Public Access TV can also be seen online at:
Folks can also purchase copies of individual programs by calling 479-444-3433.
Quote of the Day
I hate to hear people saying, “He is young, he must wait; he will get plenty of chances.” Could Keats have waited, or Shelley, or Byron, or Burns? - J.A. Spender