August 24, 2017
How dare Ronald Shultz act like we don't need laws governing wage ("Minimum wage is a tax on businesses," Reading Eagle, Aug. 18). Especially in a country like ours, which has woefully few laws that keep the rich from robbing the shirts from our backs as it is. Apparently he has never heard of the First Gilded Age, where the rich made fortunes by exploiting workers in horrible conditions for mere cents on the dollar.
The minimum wage is not a tax. It is a wage. All businesses must pay their workers. If they can't afford minimum wage, literally the lowest wage available, they shouldn't be in business.
He calls minimum wage employees "low-skilled." Many of those working today are overqualified for the job they are holding. Where does he think all those college grads went when they couldn't get jobs in their chosen field?
Apparently Shultz believes that "we the people," a term I associate with the lower classes, should bear the burden of paying all the taxes by ourselves. Yet he lives in a country where the wealthy pay some of the lowest taxes in the world. That's not to mention the offshore tax havens where they store so much of their gains. He seems to think this tactic will make everyone equal. I remember such tactics being called "voodoo economics" back in the day. It is sad to see such views still have a hold on people to this day.
Minimum wage certainly not a tax