A living wage

Only one-in-four teenagers is employed this summer, thanks to the minimum wage. I was always self-employed as a kid, whether cleaning boats, painting houses, whatever, and wasn’t affected by this stuff. Nor, I suspect, are most Greenwich kids. But on a national scale, it’s a shame that many children are losing out on the opportunity to learn the discipline needed to hold a job.

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  1. Barack Obama

    I am in the middle of a great round of golf, but I picked up on that comment about self-employed income. My people are telling me they don’t show a 1040 for those years, and I’m a little short this month. After interest is added, we could really use that cash, so I’ll have someone drop over later.
    Thanks. Fore!

  2. Fatman

    Don’t forget all the service and landscaping jobs now performed by a permanent, illegal workforce. There are way too many illegal aliens for any American kid to find a decent entry level gig.

  3. Chuckie d

    If adults are unemployed at a headline rate of >9% why should teens be better employed? It’s overly cynical to keep up the mindset that the pie keeps shrinking so let’s all take smaller slices instead if working to create greater wealth. I had my first job at 14 with working papers and at the minimum wage and worked throughout high school and college without ever being told I cost too much because of minimum wage. The whole line of ‘reasoning’ with the high cost if labor is just a distraction foisted upon Americans to set us against one another when the real evil and failings in our economy are derived from mismanagement at top levels, lack of long term strategies, and a creeping nefarious corruption of business values that have embedded themselves in our culture over the past decade or so.

    The wsj article is just another hairy hand clause in the redistribution of blame game.

  4. Out Looking In

    Yes- and the poor CEO and executive suite members that make 100 to 500 times the wage of the average corporate employee- that has nothing to do with the sutuation. Perhaps if so much income wasn’t rocketing up- as opposed to trickling down- the mathematics would work out a bit differently. From Someone who has seen both sides….

  5. carolee

    Right on Chuckie d. We all worked as teenagers with a minimum wage in place. Remove it & the desperate get more desperate as the teenagers you’re so worried about take jobs from “heads of households” earning minimum wage. There are many many. Why is the problem always the “little guy”? I don’t get it. The problem is the employer who is earning historically increased profits consistently year after year, decade after decade. I was a small business employer. The whole argument is ridiiculous. Look at Starbucks. Now that’s an employer! That’s how I ran my business. Miimum wage is the least you can do when your employees work long hours with no benefits. Once again,, you’re saying it’s the worker’s fault that there are no jobs. Pathetic.

  6. News observer and trend watcher

    @ carolee & Chuckie d,

    How many businesses do you currently “run” and how many people do you employ in those businesses?

    My first to paycheck paying jobs were with small companies (less than 50 employees) and both were hard work and neither paid or offered any kind of benefits.

    Without those kinds of jobs kids, IMO, don’t appreciate what comes later if they’re lucky and smart enough to land something else either through education or native talent.
    For those without luck or native talent, those kinds of jobs still provide a certain amount of satisfaction for a job well done and the government safety net is there for them. IMO, that’s much preferred to a class of people who are unemployable yet ungrateful for the safety net of the government supported (tax based on those more capable) handout system we have now.

    Sorry if my bleeding heart has been bled dry by those who won’t even attempt to better themselves. My two cents only.