Letter: Malloy misses the mark

By Kevin Kane

To the Editor:

Minimum wage, minimum sense. That is my response to the latest crusade and comments from Democrats President Barack Obama and Connecticut’s Governor Malloy. Last week at an event publicizing their support of increasing the Connecticut minimum hourly wage to a national high of $10.10, Malloy stated, “The modest boost that we are helping to bring about in our state will allow families to make ends meet.” Not to be outdone, Obama said, “Nobody who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty, and that’s why it’s time to give America a raise.”

The idea that a minimum wage can support a family makes no sense. Supporters of the help the families with higher minimum wages crusade have the family and wages relationship messed up. The way to approach family life is simple – finish school, get a job, get married, have a family. In that order. Too often it’s a quagmire of maybe finish school, 1…2…4? kids, 50/50 get married, maybe get a job. So now, it’s the grocery store manager’s fault you have a family you can’t afford? Or is it that unfair jerk who hired you to flip burgers – yeah, his fault you have a family to support by packing combo-meal deals?

Get it through your headphones people: Unless you are physically or mentally handicapped it is YOUR responsibility to take charge of YOUR self-improvement, get an education, market YOUR skills and make yourself more valuable vs. the competition. Along the way, have a full understanding of the market YOU are selling YOUR skills into. Once hired, it’s not a politician’s problem to nurture a mutually beneficial arrangement between you and your employer. Don’t forget: employers are buying your labor. They don’t owe you anything.

Personal responsibility aside, frankly speaking – Malloy’s approach is a waste of time. There are 126 distinct federal anti-poverty programs in force today that are available based on a test of need and based on income and assets aka means-tested. A recent study evaluated seven key programs of the 126 and found Connecticut’s welfare benefit is $21.33 per hour. Good enough to be the fourth best state to be on welfare. So either get it through your heads then work your way up or quit while you are behind. Then, write a letter to Governor Malloy telling him he is missing the hourly wage mark. By half.

Kevin Kane


2 responses to “Letter: Malloy misses the mark”

  1. Notaffiliated

    Back in the day, people who were 16 craved the minimum wage. What changed?

  2. Raise the Wage

    “The idea that a minimum wage can support a family makes no sense”. Got that right. Cant support one earning full time min wage. And most local employers skirt requirements regarding full timers by employing only part time workers, which all taxpayers end up subsidizing through what little tattered and torn safety nets that are in place.
    “A recent study evaluated seven key programs of the 126 and found Connecticut’s welfare benefit is $21.33 per hour.” Really? And what study would that be and by who and who financed the study? State only helps qualifying families that are in serious need and than only around 70 bucks a month, about 2.16 a day For the ones that cant do the math try buying lunch for 2 bucks round here. Good luck. BTW Fairfield county’s living wage, reported in a Yale study and supported by numerous other Universty and government studies, is 25 bucks an hour. That is to say, with the local cost of living considered,(housing, food, transportation), a worker must earn a minimum of 25 dollars an hour to live. It is really difficult to understand why anyone would not want others to survive. Self destructive. Some business owners, mostly corporations in retail and restaurants claim that raising the wage will raise costs will put them out of business or reduce work forces. Hmmm, isn’t that already occurring? What if the workforce instead of spending every penny they can get their hands on, just on life’s basic survival needs, what if workers actually had disposable income. As workers did, post war 1950’s early 60’s? Hmmm.

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