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January 28, 2014

Viewpoint: Three reasons for creating living wage

People across America are starting to get it. American workers have reached a crossroads and the sign post says they are standing at the corner of Forgotten About and Left Behind.

Today I’m going to make a very simple case for raising what we have for so long called the minimum wage to a level we can call a living wage.

Simply put, there are three very compelling reasons for the creation of a living wage.

The first is that we have an economic imperative as a nation to create a living wage that will without a doubt create a permanent stimulus in our economy by increasing the demand for the goods and services that lead to both economic growth and more importantly job growth.

Secondly, we have a fiscal responsibility to each other as taxpayers and to the nation collectively to create and foster a wage scale that lifts people out of poverty and reduces the number of people receiving government assistance. Fiscally speaking, a living wage would reduce the drain on the treasury and create millions of new taxpayers paying into the treasury.

The third reason is as important or maybe it is even more important. We have a moral responsibility to each other in this nation and to people around the world to end the exploitation of unfair and inadequate wages. All honest work is honorable work and people should be given a true measure of dignity and that dignity comes simply from the fact that they can provide for themselves and their families because of their own effort in the workplace.

It would be easy for me to point my finger at the wealthy and blame them for all that is wrong in our economy, but I think we all bear some responsibility for the way things have gone for the American worker.

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