Initiative to Raise the Minimum Wage in South Dakota (or anywhere)

I’m not opposing people getting higher wages. When I worked I liked getting a raise occasionally. I felt I earned it. Soon I realized the raise cost me more than I gained, because prices all went up. Therefore, I oppose higher prices, because of raising the minimum wage.
I suppose it would be impossible to ask the merchants, manufacturers, etc. to reduce their profits thus lowering prices. That would be against capitalism, wouldn’t it? It wouldn’t be American to put a ceiling on profit percentages.
According to my training as a federal government contracting specialist, The instructor stated the definition of fair and reasonable is to keep raising the price until the eyebrows go up.
Ultimately, the consumer decides the price. The problem with that idea is that some things are necessary (or we think they are). So we are forced to pay the set price.
I also hate playing consumer games, coupons and price matches, etc. But that’s a subject for another post.

Eureka Fair Wage Act, Measure R

“Zach Crago, the interim executive director for the South Dakota Democratic Party, said this morning that the petition drive to put a minimum-wage increase on the 2014 statewide ballot kicks off today at the State Fair in Huron and will ramp up on Labor Day in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.”

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2 thoughts on “Initiative to Raise the Minimum Wage in South Dakota (or anywhere)

  1. Rose, For every action there is always a reaction and that applies to wages. We Scotch/Irish in the coalfields had to live with higher prices every time the miners got a raise. I did not begrudge them a raise for I felt they deserved every penny they could get, but the rest of us had to pay more for our food without a raise in pay. There were more miners than anyone else so we lived with it, but we lived harder.


    • I totally agree. I guess the only way to combat higher pricing is to vote with our pockets. If we stop paying the higher prices, especially for non-necessary items, then maybe they will get the message. However, there are a lot of people who spend without considering the price, only that they want it – not need it. Thank you for your comments. They are always spot on.


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