What the US gets wrong about minimum wage


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  • Chris Jobi
    Chris Jobi  1 days back

    Lets go Washington

    • DailyRant
      DailyRant  2 days back

      What almost everyone gets wrong, including Vox is, there should never be a strict discussion on minimum wage on a national level. What people forget is, no one is ever talking apples to apples. For example, here in Chicago, the minimum wage is $13 today, but keep in mind there are DOZENS of other factors and variables such as welfare or some kind of public assistance program. You may not have the same program in another city down the state. Anyone who thinks they can establish a single magical number that is FAIR to everyone (workers, businesses) is delusional. Every city, every county, every state, is a unique combination of things. If you really want to get the most accurate system in place, you would have to tie everything to living cost down to the city level (heck, in cities like NYC they may as well be considered different cities). Avoiding this hard math problem is just intellectually laziness and should disqualify you from even debating on this issue. Yes, Vox did talk about inflation, but did not take the step further and talk about how inflation varies dramatically in the US.

      • Chris Rivas
        Chris Rivas  5 days back

        1:02 that tune tho, your sound engineer needs a raise ;)

        • Whatever1234r
          Whatever1234r  5 days back

          $7.25 😳 it’s $15 where I live

          In New York

          • Can Oğuz
            Can Oğuz  1 weeks back

            4:35 the background music is soo good! anywhere i can download it???

            • Pauldoeseverything
              Pauldoeseverything  1 weeks back

              A minimum wage job is just for beginners and not meant for people who are trying to make a living

              • Cobalt
                Cobalt  1 weeks back

                America insisting that we're #1, but our minimum wage is lower than it was in the 80's, and we don't even have universal healthcare. What are we #1 in, anyway? Obesity?

                • Rio de Gatos
                  Rio de Gatos  1 days back

                  Cobalt Number #1 in freedom of speech. Also yes highest in obesity but also lowest in starvation.

              • Michael Staab
                Michael Staab  1 weeks back

                Weak video, VOX has historically been better about looking at all angles...perhaps make an attempt at trying to explore WHY the US doesn’t do it the way of other countries... Raising the minimum wage is nothing but fabricated inflation. It’s a losing game.

                • Paul McGowan
                  Paul McGowan  1 weeks back

                  Look how most of thoes contries that they mention are in europ which is completely diffrent.

                  • Jakob Jakobson
                    Jakob Jakobson  2 weeks back

                    While we're on the topic, what's up with holidays in the US?
                    The average American worker gets 2 weeks of paid holiday per year, and some people get none as it's not required by law.
                    In most of Europe, people usually get 4 weeks of paid holiday per year and it's a legal requirement that all workers get paid holiday.
                    I can't imagine only getting 2 weeks off per year. I think my mental health would suffer severely.

                    • jwang604
                      jwang604  2 weeks back

                      Minimum wage is very inefficient and should be abolished in a Capitalist Free Market economy.

                      Abolish the minimum wage and let the market decide.

                      • Julien Lamarche
                        Julien Lamarche  2 weeks back

                        I could be wrong, but I don't know of a commission in Canada that studies this question. AFAIK, it's also politicians that decide in Canada.

                        • Harlus
                          Harlus  2 weeks back

                          You mention how much it will cost companies and businesses if the minimum wage were to be raised but you never actually mention it’s affects outside of the surface level “less hours” or “less workers” why is that?

                          • christian owens
                            christian owens  2 weeks back

                            This is triggering

                            • Steven
                              Steven  2 weeks back

                              There should be no minimum wage. People get paid what they are worth or what the job is worth. if a job offers to low of a wage they will have difficulty finding people to fill that job. You dont have to take a job if you dont want to. wake up.

                              • Tsundere Child
                                Tsundere Child  3 weeks back

                                Some companies can apply for government licensing to hire disabled people for sub minium wage.

                                • Julian Cangelosi
                                  Julian Cangelosi  3 weeks back

                                  Just abolish the minimum wage

                                  • thelinedrive
                                    thelinedrive  3 weeks back

                                    I’ve always been of the opinion that individual states should set their own minimum wage while the national minimum wage is the bare minimum.

                                    The main reason being is that applying a national minimum wage is like taking a hammer when a scalpel is needed to solve a problem. Each state, county, and city has vastly different cost of living expense thresholds.

                                    The idea of applying the same minimum wage for Los Angles and New York to Montana and Wyoming isn’t realistic.

                                    • SSOC RAW
                                      SSOC RAW  3 weeks back

                                      Doesn’t matter as long as minimum wage goes Up The prices will continue to rise as well

                                      • SSOC RAW
                                        SSOC RAW  3 weeks back

                                        In Canada 🇨🇦 Min Wage is 12.64 going up to like 14 something soon

                                        • OmnissiahZelos
                                          OmnissiahZelos  3 weeks back

                                          "What US gets wrong about minimum wage just like everything else"

                                          • Wyatt Evans
                                            Wyatt Evans  3 weeks back

                                            Wow, this legitimately changed my perspective on the minimum wage debate

                                            • jo poirier
                                              jo poirier  3 weeks back

                                              here is 12.50 an hour in quebec tabarnak plus free health care but high taxes

                                              • Ramiro Acosta
                                                Ramiro Acosta  3 weeks back

                                                Minimum wage means less economic and business growth

                                                • Isaac
                                                  Isaac  3 weeks back

                                                  Minimum wage is really bad economically. It leads to labour shortage, aka unemployment.

                                                  • Mark Pitsilos
                                                    Mark Pitsilos  3 weeks back

                                                    What troubles me about minimum wage is not how much it is, but how willing employers appear to be to pay exactly that.

                                                    • Rio de Gatos
                                                      Rio de Gatos  1 days back

                                                      Mark Pitsilos in the United States the number of workers making minimum wage is about 2.4%, half of which are teenagers.

                                                  • Prophet
                                                    Prophet  4 weeks back

                                                    when a youtube channel makes better policy suggestions than actual politicians

                                                    • Larry Newman
                                                      Larry Newman  4 weeks back

                                                      There shouldn't be a minimum wage. I like how everyone in the comments has no idea how minimum wage works or even the free market.

                                                      • Christopher Specht
                                                        Christopher Specht  4 weeks back

                                                        Literally the first 15 seconds explain why we can’t trust a “free market”

                                                    • John Brooks
                                                      John Brooks  4 weeks back

                                                      Since a home in San Francisco or New York City costs more than one in Alabama or the Midwest - by maybe TEN ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE - a National minimum wage makes no sense.  Even within states like NY or California, the difference in the cost of living in different areas is so dramatic that a statewide minimum wage doesn't work at all.  I could live on $15 per hour in some places - but no way in Manhattan, Boston or DC.  So, much of the minimum wage "debate" is ignorant blather.  Those on the left are smart enough to know better, they are just buying votes.  On the right, the fear of a national minimum wage - that is too high for much of red state America -  is a terrifying and very real prospect that could have a devastating economic impact on those areas.  Hence no easy bipartisan solution.  Of course there is probably enough statistical information available to tie a national variable minimum wage to an existing economic benchmark, but it is too complex for many politicians to comprehend, much less be able to explain in a sound bite!

                                                      • Like Minded App
                                                        Like Minded App  4 weeks back

                                                        If you want to hear a practical explanation of how to implement minimum wage checkout the congressional candidates take on my channel

                                                        • Man bites Life
                                                          Man bites Life  4 weeks back

                                                          This video is really misinformed about the practices that happen in other countries beside the US. In the Balkans, the minimum wage isn't enough to survive a month living with your parents.

                                                          • Maximilian Schimmel
                                                            Maximilian Schimmel  4 weeks back

                                                            You are weird. Go inflate your ego somewhere else.

                                                            • Karl Jenkins
                                                              Karl Jenkins  4 weeks back

                                                              poor people complaints. . (.) no one is a cfo dr. of shekel stein co. like me

                                                              • Nickolas Lorizio
                                                                Nickolas Lorizio  4 weeks back

                                                                I live in Massachusetts and we're doing this. Minimum wage is 12$hr right now, and each year it goes up a 1$. Till it hits 15$

                                                                • ianericson
                                                                  ianericson  4 weeks back

                                                                  the minimum wage should be tied to inflation, but whether that rate should go up is a completely different debate. all of those compared countries' lines trend upward in spite of inflation, not in accounting for it. that's effectively arguing the minimum wage worker should make vastly more in today's dollars as time goes on.

                                                                  • Chad Bradley
                                                                    Chad Bradley  4 weeks back

                                                                    Vox reporters have either not taken an economics class or don't remember what it taught them...nor bothered to interview actual economists for stories involving economics. If you are going to show a graph adjusted for inflation, then how - pray tell - would a line showing increases in the minimum wage ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION be a good thing? Raising the minimum wage is also a CREATOR of inflation (among many things including the Fed itself), so why would you want the rate to outpace inflation? Outpacing inflation IS political - which would defeat your own arguments in this video. Also, it would just increase inflation at a faster rate.

                                                                    • Red Sox 9904
                                                                      Red Sox 9904  4 weeks back

                                                                      Chad Bradley
                                                                      Vox’s editing is really good so they can hide the fact that they don’t actually know anything, they just have massive egos.

                                                                  • Joshua Salem
                                                                    Joshua Salem  4 weeks back

                                                                    4:30 “It’s such a logical idea, it’s done in many other countries”

                                                                    Yep. Universal healthcare, government sponsored college, gun background checks and tests, and drinking age 18 are all there too

                                                                    • Gs Xr
                                                                      Gs Xr  4 weeks back

                                                                      You want to make a highrer income? We are paid based on the amount of value we bring to the job market. Some people are more valuable than others if you want more money then do whatever it takes to learn whatever skills you need to become more valuable. If you live in America then you live in a 1st world country, and have every resource available to you to learn any new skill you can even do it from home with online courses. You have all the infrastructure you need all the opportunity you need you have every reason to be successful. You can literally choose how successful you want to be and aspire to it though hard work. If you are working for minimum wage it's because you choose to do so and zero sympathy for you.

                                                                    • Red Sox 9904
                                                                      Red Sox 9904  4 weeks back

                                                                      Joshua Salem

                                                                      First of all America already has universal background checks, people who say the US doesn’t don’t actually understand the issue and watch too much Vox. But if you want all those things then...

                                                                      Then enjoy paying 20% higher taxes, and motor vehicle fatalities between the ages of 18-21 increase by 7% at least.

                                                                  • Joshua Salem
                                                                    Joshua Salem  4 weeks back

                                                                    When the minimum wage began it was enough money for just the father to supply the whole family with since he was usually the only one with a job in the house

                                                                    Now the minimum wage can only supply half a person

                                                                    • Joe Nussrallah
                                                                      Joe Nussrallah  4 weeks back

                                                                      Minimum wage isn’t made to live off of, this shouldn’t be a problem

                                                                      • Matilda C
                                                                        Matilda C  4 weeks back

                                                                        America is an outlier in so many areas compared to other developed nations. It’s almost like the quest for unbridled capitalism and ‘freedom’ is destroying the country

                                                                        • Gs Xr
                                                                          Gs Xr  4 weeks back

                                                                          What about the freedom that America's free markets provides us where we are free to work as hard we want and can literally choose how successful we want to be and aspire to it though hard work. In America we live in a 1st world country, and have every resource available to us to learn any new skill we can even do it from home with online courses. We have all the infrastructure we need all the opportunity we need we have every reason to be successful.

                                                                        • Red Sox 9904
                                                                          Red Sox 9904  4 weeks back

                                                                          Matilda C
                                                                          When you actually look at quality of life statistics it’s either at the top or near the top of almost every category. The ends matter, not the means.

                                                                      • Brendan Droesch
                                                                        Brendan Droesch  4 weeks back

                                                                        Most minimum wage jobs are not meant to be lived off of, that's why it's so low

                                                                        • Music Lover
                                                                          Music Lover  4 weeks back

                                                                          People should be able to get any job that pays enough to live off of no matter what job they have. In the 50s and 60s people had a good living working minimum wage jobs and were able to buy a house, and send their kids to college. So what happened?

                                                                      • gredangeo
                                                                        gredangeo  1 months back

                                                                        US gets a lot of things wrong. A lot. It's unsettling and sad.

                                                                        • mike logan
                                                                          mike logan  4 weeks back

                                                                          Don't most countries get things wrong?

                                                                      • Joshua Spagnoletti
                                                                        Joshua Spagnoletti  1 months back

                                                                        Minimum Wage where I live (South Africa) is $1.36. $7.25 sounds like a dream to the majority of people here...

                                                                        • Galinn Arts
                                                                          Galinn Arts  4 weeks back

                                                                          Joshua Spagnoletti yes I’m form South Africa too hi there XD

                                                                      • John long
                                                                        John long  1 months back

                                                                        How many people really actually make minimum-wage come on people

                                                                        • Kyle Weir
                                                                          Kyle Weir  1 months back

                                                                          The US is such a beautiful country with so much potential. It’s a real shame that there’s so much that’s utterly backwards about it.

                                                                          • mike logan
                                                                            mike logan  4 weeks back

                                                                            @Gs Xr This. 🎙⬇

                                                                          • Gs Xr
                                                                            Gs Xr  4 weeks back

                                                                            What's backwards about a freemarket paying people wages based on how much value they bring to the job market? What's backwards about people having the freedom to work as hard they want to learn the skills they need to become more valuable to employers? What's backwards about people being able to literally choose whatever income they wish and aspire to it through hard work?

                                                                          • Red Sox 9904
                                                                            Red Sox 9904  4 weeks back

                                                                            Kyle Weir People act like it’s so far behind other nations when it literally is at or near the top of any list of of government or civilian economics.

                                                                        • calvin perrier
                                                                          calvin perrier  1 months back

                                                                          I have to laugh America is always backwards asf

                                                                          • Gs Xr
                                                                            Gs Xr  4 weeks back

                                                                            @mike logan Yes isn't it great! I truthfully believe the America is the best country in the world because we really can be as successful as we want. But first we have to loose the codependent philosophy that anyone other than ourselves is responsible for our success/failure not the government or the system or our employers no one but us.

                                                                          • mike logan
                                                                            mike logan  4 weeks back

                                                                            America is killing it. We can do or be whatever we want. We can earn as much as we need or want.

                                                                          • Gs Xr
                                                                            Gs Xr  4 weeks back

                                                                            What's backwards about a freemarket paying people wages based on how much value they bring to the job market? What's backwards about people having the freedom to work as hard they want to learn the skills they need to become more valuable to employers? What's backwards about people being able to literally choose whatever income they wish and aspire to it through hard work?

                                                                        • Joel Runyan
                                                                          Joel Runyan  1 months back

                                                                          its intentional

                                                                          • Casual Ninja
                                                                            Casual Ninja  1 months back

                                                                            Minimum wages are for non skilled workers, the reason turnover is so high is because people in these jobs can be easily replaced and trained over a short period of time. The US has a large population with few actual skills since most schools don’t have jobs programs for high schoolers due to our fear of letting our children do anything. There’s a simple solution and it’s called an apprenticeship program, where for people who don’t want to go to a university can apprentice themselves on a skilled labor job like in construction, or an electrician or a plumber. All these jobs pay well and offer Beni fits for their employees. I’m sure there are plenty of businesses that would jump at the opportunity to train our youth in these jobs, and if not there is always the incentive of tax write offs for volunteers. Instead of putting pressure on small businesses to force them to pay their employees more, if there were less people in the unskilled pool then these businesses that pay minimum wage would need to offer more to entice people to work for them instead of taking advantage of free training programs and it would fix itself naturally or these businesses would go broke.