It looks like the $15 minimum wage is dead. It was part of Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill until West Virginia U.S. Senator Joe Manchin came out against it. The Senate parliamentarian also ruled it could not be passed through budget reconciliation, a simple majority vote. Most things need 60 votes to pass in the U.S. Senate.
It didn’t matter what the U.S. Senate parliamentarian ruled. Without Manchin on board, the bill would not get enough votes for even a simple majority.
I go back and forth on the idea of a $15 an hour minimum wage
On the one hand, I think workers in this country don’t make enough money. On the other hand, I don’t think everyone deserves to make $15 an hour. For example, if you drop out of high school, smell like blue cheese dressing, are lazy, and have tattoos on your face proclaiming your love of Satan, I don’t believe you should start out making $15 an hour.
I believe strongly that everyone should try to make themselves the best version of themselves. If you don’t even try to be a quality person and do nothing to make yourself desirable to an employer, I don’t believe you should be able to slide into any job and immediately make $15 an hour.
It may sound harsh, but I believe some people in the workforce don’t deserve even the current minimum wage, $7.25.
I would be much more in favor of a profession targeted minimum wage
There’s no denying some employers don’t pay enough money to their employees. A prime example is caregivers in nursing homes. It’s almost criminal what caregivers make in nursing homes. Because they are not paid nearly enough money to care for our seniors, caregiver turnover is extremely high. That needs to change. I would support a nursing home caregiver’s national minimum wage of $20 an hour.
There are other professions in this county that are important but don’t pay enough. Caregivers immediately come to mind because when I was driving for Uber and Lyft, I drove a lot of them to and from work. In my mind, they are heroes.
Heroes deserve to get paid like heroes.