The minimum wage is going to be raised and there is a possibility of economic failure and a whole ton of jobs lost. The supporters are trying to raise the minimum wage to “help the poor” but this might not be the best idea. This could be bad for the economy, the bosses, and the workers But think of the poor, they can only really easily get a minimum wage job. So the big question is, should the minimum wage be raised in order to attempt to help the poor? No, absolutely not, and here’s why. Minimum wage raise laws are bad because minimum wage raise supporters can’t decide on a “living wage, Employers have no moral responsibility to raise the minimum and lesser the effectiveness of competitive wages, and the wage raises would not help the poor. The minimum wage should not be raised because minimum wage raise supporters can’t even decide on what a “living” wage is. For example Ari Armstrong says, “The fact that no one can agree on what a “living wage” is – is it $10, $12, $15, or some other number plucked from the air? – indicates that the phrase is totally arbitrary.”(Armstrong). Raising minimum wage supporters support bad laws, when they can’t even all decide on one “living wage” then their argument has no credibility. The people who can actually change the wage, need to relook into the cost of living and find a set in stone number that works for all. Another example is when an article by Ari Armstrong states, “‘Some fast food workers are demanding $15 an hour…some call this a “living wage”…California recently passed a bill raising the state minimum from $8 to $10 by 2016″‘. In this case this is the so called “living wage”‘.(Armstrong). What is a true living wage? Precisely, the supporters can’t decide so there are many different “living wages” that no one even knows what a true “living” wage is. If there were one, settled, “living” wage then maybe, just maybe the argument would be halfway decent, but no. Now no one who goes to their rallies even knows what the exact wage they are fighting for even is. So what’s worse than not even being able to decide on a “living” wage? That it isn’t even morally right to ask this of the employers. Employers have no moral responsibility to raise the minimum which would poison the effectiveness of competitive wages. Ari Armstrong thinks, “business owners do not have a duty to sacrifice their interests for the sake of their employees, and they should not be forced to do so. The owner of a business, having built it or bought it, owns the business; he has a moral right to run in accordance with his own judgment”.(Armstrong). Business owners shouldn’t have to have such a high minimum wage, while a minimum wage can be good, it shouldn’t be too high. It’s more of a starter than anything with even the majority of minimum wage workers not even being the main source of income for their households. Rising minimum wages will hurt employers, especially when the current one is perfectly fine. Another example is when Ari Armstrong believes that without competitive wages it is bad, because then there is no motivation to keep up the quality of their employees work and continue the win-win(Armstrong). Competitive wages are the principle that the harder an employee works, the more essential they are to the company, and therefore the owner will view them as a higher value than low working employees. The wage rising therefore creates a smaller gap between the pay of the hard working employees and the low ones because they simply cannot afford to bump up the good workers wages too. Thus creating no real motivation to work harder. This is not good at all. The employers of today have no responsibility to raise the minimum wage which, by the way, would only hurt the people. Raising the minimum wage will raise unemployment rates, not help the poor, and new workers get no work experience. In example Holly Sklar states something along the lines of this, the low minimum wage causes many illnesses, poor people, and death from a bad healthcare system (Sklar). But thinking about it, there are poor, but no one can change that. Raising the minimum wage would hurt the poor even more. It would get rid of thousands of their potential jobs and make supplies more expensive for everyone! The poor need opportunities for a better life in order to thrive. Another example is when Holly Sklar says yet another ridiculous phrase. She says something like, as a country the United States of America can not do well economically when the people are relying on low wages, outsourcing, and debt (Sklar). This is wrong. Low minimum wages are only good because people need to start somewhere. Minimum wage can’t be lived off of that well, but that’s sort of the point. It is supposed to be for teens, until they can get a better education and get a competitive wage job then live off that. The minimum wage raises are a bad thing because they hurt either the poor, or the wealthy, and there is no real in between.