detail from Labels for Hair Ribbons by Manuel Ocampo a delectable selection of oriental appetizers
Thursday, January 25, 2001

: . This after watching an episode of the The West Wing, a show which I can love, then loathe, then love again within the span of its one hour run: The common argument against raising the minimum wage has always been that it will hurt small businesses. But if the purchasing power of the minimum wage has dramatically declined, can one also say that if wages are raised, then the purchasing power of the average American will also rise: more disposable income should be a boon to small businesses, no? Maybe small businesses should consider higher wages not as an undue burden but as investment. Also, when most low income jobs are in the service sector which in turn is controlled by fewer and larger corporations gobbling each other up for supremacy, can we really say that most employers of minimum wage workers operate small businesses? Just a thought, being completely in the dark about these matters.

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