A Moral Argument to Raise Minimum Wage

Equality and economic social justice seem to be in the Catholic news this week. First, we had Pope Francis’ Monday tweet:

And today, we have a great Catholic News Service video with Father Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities, calling for “a balance between profit and wages”. Father Snyder explains that a fourth of those who would be impacted by an increase in the minimum wage are “family people” and that what is sought is enough of a living wage to be able to care for a family.

How do you respond to these types of statements on the raising of the minimum wage?

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  • Maddie

    A moral argument to not:
    Raising the minimum wage would only cause an equal raise in taxes and prices, meaning that the only true beneficiaries of a higher minimum wage are people like me; middle-class teens with summer jobs. Instead, we should increase the Earned Income Tax credit (look it up). It’s a much more effective way to combat poverty directly, like removing a splinter with tweezers rather than an knife.

  • MeanLizzie

    You respond like Leo Rosten’s friend “Fenwick” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2013/01/10/the-paradoxical-meanness-of-the-minimum-wage/ Maddie is on the same track.