Government begets more government

A new argument is emerging for a higher minimum wage. It goes something like this:

Low wage workers cost taxpayers a lot because many receive government assistance of one form or another. So, let’s increase the minimum wage so fewer will need government assistance.

Or maybe government assistance enables people to settle for low wage jobs and reduces incentives to improve their productivity in order to earn higher wages.

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One thought on “Government begets more government

  1. “Low wage workers cost taxpayers a lot because many receive government assistance of one form or another. So, let’s increase the minimum wage so fewer will need government assistance.”

    …….and the increased minimum wage will lead to higher costs for goods and services which will make us all relatively poorer and cause more of us to demand government assistance….

    The key beneficiaries of government programs are politicians and government employees. For every dollar collected by the government, only 40 – 50 cents is paid out to people outside of the class that includes politicians and government employees. If the government was a NPO, it would shut itself down for abuse.

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