Posted on Apr 9, 2021
SFC Ralph E Kelley
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In the end, $15 an hour for flipping burgers is no different than being EMS.
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Lt Col Charlie Brown
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That's the point...if you move up the minimum wage for unskilled folks then everyone else's wages have to go up...and we have inflation and those at the bottom are still there.
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A1C Mike Allen
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I believe that the market should determine the wage.
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Yup. Everyone making under fifteen gets a raise, costs go up and everyone making over fifteen takes a pay cut.
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SSgt Engineering
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So what I take away from all of this is..... EMTs should make a lot more money. So should corrections officers.

Working fast food used to provide a wage that people could live off of. Not anymore. Rent in my area for instance has gone up about 300% in the last ten years but the minimum wage has remained consistent at $7.25/hr.

What I find incredibly disingenuous is how many retired people have such a strong opinion on this despite not working the last 10 years.... the labor market has changed. Things today are much more expensive and the pay rate has not remotely kept up.

Another example is vehicles. Ten years ago you could buy a new truck for $20,000. Today, that same brand new truck cost nearly $30,000.... yet minimum wage is the same.
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SFC Ralph E Kelley
SFC Ralph E Kelley
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I've worked as both + worked as a CLC with a PMC and think EMS & CO should get raises.
I am also 'retired' but the only thing that gives you is the ability to pick your jobs.
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SGT Infantryman
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SSgt (Join to see) Do you think that "retired people" that haven't worked in the last 10 years have had magical increases in income that cover all those cost increases? No. Most lost income relative to base inflation, especially when the market tanked under Obama, caught back up a little under Trump until the Covid drop, which they climbed back up a little bit from again, and now it is totally anybody's guess as to what will happen to their hard earned and saved money now that the market and dollar are so unstable and fragile.

Do you understand that inflation is basically theft of value by the current monetary system forced upon us? Things don't just cost more because "greedy business." Every unbacked dollar that is printed makes every other dollar in the system worth less. Every hundred dollar bill that is printed and "sold" to the Fed for $0.25 is then sold on to banks at face value to hopefully be kept in deposit by customers so that they can be leveraged out in to loans at 23 to 1 to make back 200%, or more, of face value over 30 years. This is where the people's value (purchasing power) goes. $0.25 cost to print what ends up being stretched out into over $2000 in purchasing leverage for the banks that cost them $100, to enslave the public through debt.

Watch the very basic math involved in figuring out how the whole country is screwed...

The Banks' ownership of everyone's $250,000 house costs them $12,500, while it costs the people 5% down ($12,500), 30 years of your life, and another $450,000 or more in payments and interest. (And it cost the FED $625 of taxpayer money to generate that "value for the taxpayer"). Yup, that down payment most people make actually pays for the banks deposit which is fractionalized to be able to allow them to own the property outright for basically free (your down payment, on deposit, in their institution).

Raising "minimum wage" just raises costs for employers and customers (all customers) and does nothing except add a bit to the cost of inflation. It is just a slightly less egregious, barely disguised pig in lipstick, theft of the community's value.

Adding to the inflation through "feel good about doing something" theft doesn't solve the problem.
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SFC Randy Hellenbrand
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I really wonder about these people.
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