Raising the minimum wage helps everyone

According to the non-partisan Office of Management and Budget (OMB), thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), over 2 million workers will be able to take better positions, seek part-time employment, or quit their jobs entirely. These people are locked into jobs or positions for the single reason that they need the health insurance.

Now, because of the ACA, they will be able to enjoy the individual freedoms that this nation cherishes so highly. This applies to retirees under age 65, moms who would like to become homemakers and spend more time with their kids, those who would like to start their own business, upwardly mobile people who have been stuck in dead-end jobs because they or other members of their family have pre-existing conditions, and many, many more. These jobs will not be lost but will become available for others to move into.

Raising the minimum wage would also have a positive effect for the working poor, working class and middle class. Those living in poverty would be able to get off welfare and food stamps; those working hard, dirty, back-breaking jobs for wages only slightly above the present minimum would be able to take better jobs or demand higher wages; those in the working class would see an upward pressure on their wages; and because of an expanding economy the middle class would see higher income and expanding opportunities.

Even the rich and super-rich would see their wealth increase. We are all in this together, and a healthy economy would benefit everyone. Liberty and justice is meant for everyone, and everyone should have the hope and be given the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

Higher wages for more people would mean that more people would be paying more taxes, which would mean more money for our government to function and the ability to pay down our national debt. And let's not forget that extending unemployment benefits would also have a positive effect on our economy.

Dennis Thompson 

Newnan



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