Agree or Disagree: It is time to raise the minimum wage


Agree or Disagree: It is time to raise the minimum wage

In The State of The Union address last night, President Barack Obama gave an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. The wage will got from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

In the above link, you can read that many felt that the move will have a positive impact on their lives. As an example, Melissa Romero an employee from the Air and Space Museum McDonald’s restaurant said “I’ll finally be able to pay my bills.”

Some Republicans felt that this idea will have a negative effect on the economy. Here is a quote from House Speaker John Boehner.

“When you raise the cost of something, you get less of it,” House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday. “And we know from increases in the minimum wage in the past that hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans have lost their jobs. And so the very people the president purports to help are the ones who are going to get hurt by this.”

Ironically in Canada, there is a discussion about this as well. Ontario is raising the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 an hour. There is also a campaign in Ontario to raise the minimum wage to $14 an hour. The campaign is head up by the Workers Action Centre. However, this has not been met with support from the Ontario Government.

“I know that there’s a call for $14 (but) we have to move very carefully, because this is about making sure that we retain and create jobs,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said.

Here’s the link to that story http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/01/27/kathleen_wynne_objects_to_14_minimum_wage.html

 Also, I will add this link. It’s the minimum wage for all the provinces in Canada.

http://www.retailcouncil.org/quickfacts/minimum-wage

 What do you think? Should we be raising minimum wage?

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Agree or Disagree: We as a society look down on the disabled.


By now there have been enough tweets commenting on how Ann Coulter called President Barack Obama a “retard”.

The anger and disappointment towards the action of Coulter is rightly justified.

A young man named John Franklin, who has Down Syndrome posted this Open Letter to Ann Coulter.  You have to admire his gentleness and respect he took towards her in the letter. This paragraph, I really liked.

After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me.  You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV

As justified as the outrage is towards the comment Ann Coulter made, I feel like something is missing here.She is not the first or the last person to insult someone with this word. It has happened at many different places at many different times. As a matter of fact, it might have been you that have said it or heard it.

What the letter brings to mind too me is how we look at the disabled. Do we look down upon them? Or admire them?