This morning I performed my usual media ritual: I surfed through most of the network and cable news trying to adjust my opinion via all the lenses hanging from the ceiling; each media outlet spins in its own unique way; however, one indisputable truth emerged from the foggy mess of the tendentious headlines and insidious news streams: we must decide whether to increase the minimum wage or not.
It was amazing so see both sides of the issue lay down their arguments and, to my surprise, I could perfectly understand the two options and their rationales. Raising the bar a few pennies would make it less painful for those at the very bottom of the pyramid; it’s no secret that $7.25 an hour can hardly buy us any comfort these days, loosening up the grip a bit could even end up encouraging the average folks to spend a little more. On the other hand, if a small business owner (bear in mind that our economy is mainly made of medium and small size businesses) is forced by law to pay more for one employee said owner will be less likely to hire another worker boosting unemployment as an unintended consequence of wage increase.
Harold Ford, a former democratic congressman and now an MSNBC co-host in “Morning Joe”, said that given the fact that broad sectors within the Tea Party are favorable to a higher minimum wage the idea could be a winner should Democrats be able to avoid demagoguery and that was music to my ears. If politicians could abstain from unnecessary spinning, and I’m not even dreaming about their being honest, just avoidance of unnecessary manipulation and rhetoric would be a firm first step towards a more civil society. Not all issues have to become a cat fight, and while we’re at it, why don’t we the people jump in the discussion and make it more genuine? I guess it would be one heck of a way to start 2014.