guest post by Stephen Cough, Retired Engineer, University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center
City of Seattle, by its proposed act of setting $15.00 an hour minimum wage for one class (whoever fits the ultimate policy scope) while holding other taxpayer classes hostage, steals purchasing power from fixed income recipient taxpayers of Seattle, who have already worked and paid their dues.
$15-minimum-wage proponents admit the cost of living will increase for everyone, yet fixed income recipients cannot compete for a better job or a better fixed income program. They can not change horses, but can only stay on the dying horse they are tied to until it falls over and crushes them.
A fixed income recipient getting $12,000 per year from Social Security is about equivalent to a $6.00 per hour wage, with no employer benefits, after a lifetime of raising a family and working. Is City of Seattle going to raise this person’s fixed income from $6.00 an hour to $15.00 an hour to maintain some form of fairness in compensation and purchasing power? Or will it be raised to $12.00, the difference between $6 and the current minimum wage? How will that be paid for?
People asking for an arbitrary minimum wage are totally out of line with any form of equity and due process that takes their neighbors and parents and grandparents into consideration. Fixed income recipients are denied effective representation inside of government, if Seattle implements a minimum wage policy that does not also raise fixed income recipients’ income proportionately.