Mike Rowe Looks Back And Reminisces About His Humble Beginnings As He Weighs In On the Minimum Wage Debate

I can relate to Mike Rowe here. In the ’70s, I also earned $2.90 an hour at a gas station. Less than that when I baby sat. But whatever I did, I gave it my all. I still do, no matter what I earn. It’s a matter of principle and pride in work. Starting out at the bottom teaches you many things: grooming habits, manners, respect, a work ethic and honesty. It teaches you that hard work is a good thing, not something to be shunned. I learned skills as I went through jobs I never thought I would. Going from accounting, to eventually computers, with some law and marketing along the way. The things I have worked at during my life made me an entrepreneur and gave me a wonderful life. I understand needing to make more money… get more skills, get a better job, get a second job or work for yourself. Don’t rely on others to make your way. Only you can do that.

From IJReview:

The minimum wage debate rages on and it seems like everybody is starting to chime in. But the problem is that nobody’s offering solutions.

Mike Rowe is weighing in on the matter with some eloquence. Rowe—of Dirty Jobs fame—posted a fan question about minimum wage and his own response to it on his Facebook page. The question?

Rowe clearly understands—just like actual economists do—that elevating minimum wage numbers affects much more than patty and bun prices, and his response revolved around that. First, he shared a story about his humble beginnings:

That last part is what Rowe really focuses on. He continues in his post, explaining how he slowly advanced at the theater, learning new skills and getting rewarded for each new accomplishment.

So, while Rowe doesn’t come right out and say it, he seems to be in favor of keeping the minimum wage right where it is—to ensure the non-skilled workers have room to learn and advance and so there’s still enough of a gap that separates them from the skilled. If anything, it keeps people motivated and challenged to keep improving.


The Daily Signal reports:

When faced with high operating costs, corporations such as McDonald’s will find ways to cut costs, whether by substituting technology for labor or forgoing improvements and investments in the company’s future.

Companies substituting machines for employees is just one potential outcome of raising the minimum wage.

It’s the reason why Obama should do more deliberative when promoting a wage hike. It may be tempting for politicians to claim the all-encompassing solution to the minimum wage is simply to make businesses pay more, but history continuously shows that it’s always risky to push the idea that Americans can have their cake and eat it too: Higher wages and more jobs.

If it were up to me, there would be no minimum wage. It would be left up to a free market. If an employer wasn’t paying well enough, people wouldn’t work for him and he would go under. You might be surprised that if we just let the success of a business be dictated by the market and supply and demand, things might be better than they are now. In fact, I’m positive they would be. When you regulate or control businesses and tell them what they have to pay people, they lock down in their thinking and start to limit what they can do. This hurts employees, the business and the market. Government should keep out of the free market and leave us alone.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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