Skip O'Neill – Liberty for All

Ron Paul for A New Direction

Wage and Price Controls hurt those it is intended to help

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A minimum wage is considered a price floor. In other words, it is a level below which the price of something is not allowed to fall.
When an employer is forced to pay someone a wage that is higher than what the free market would bear, they must make a decision to hire that person or not. If the cost to hire a person at an artifically higher wage is not cost effective, he/she will not make the hire. In addition, If a small business owner is paying his employees an hourly rate and that rate is raised by minimum wage laws, he/she has to make a key business decision; who should I fire to cover for the rising labor costs. Remember, minimum wage laws are political. Politicians would never get elected if they said, “Let’s get rid of minimum wage!”

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