I hear a lot of people debating the minimum wage in this country, and there are two sides which are both wrong. The extremes of this debate are way off in this situation. $15 minimum wage? That’s preposterous, to think every job in this nation deserves at least $15 is simply unreasonable. Now, I know where this may be going, but guess what the complete opposite is wrong as well. To say either it is fine where it is at, or to say it is too high makes you just as wrong. This is a middle ground issue and we should take notice. There is a massive wealth disparity in this nation, while not as big as others, it is ridiculous to think someone could bust their butt for 40 hours each week and not be able to survive. Many working Americans are relying on food stamps and other government subsidies because many, but not all employers are too cheap to give them what they deserve. There is a flaw in the logic of many Americans who think it’s more logical to “blame the poor for needing help and bailing them out, but it’s OK when we do this with corporations.” This is the complete opposite of what Jesus would do. Jesus did not come into this Earth and help the rich get richer, no, He went out and empowered and helped the poor. He showed up and walked among the sinners, He walked among us, and He did not look at the outside of a man, but saw what was within. He called out the rich and corrupted. He took down those who stood for things which He did not. So my question is, why are we not doing this? I know we are imperfect beings, but at the end of the day if you want to be a Christian, you have the walk like a Christian. Christianity is not a way of thinking, it is a way of living, it embodies everything you do. Will you fail once in a while, yes, we all do, we are sinners, all of us. However, are we going to sit around an think this is all OK, no, that’s quitting.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
However, the minimum wage debate is nothing the only thing that is causing debate. Understand you can make a difference in this matter. Whether its voting for the right candidate, writing your congressman, or changing this yourself you can do this. We need to adjust our hearts. American’s are abundantly blessed, and far too often we have not thanked God for what we have. We need to get out and make a difference for our people. We are one nation under God! We need to live like this. It does not matter which side of the aisle you sit on you are an American, and most importantly a follower of Christ. No longer can we stand for cutting the taxes on the rich. The top 1% of this nation controls over 90% of the wealth. It will improve the economy. Even billionaire Warren Buffett knows this is the correct path.
Buffett, who is estimated to be worth more than $47 billion, called on Congress to commit to “shared sacrifice” and raise taxes on people earning more than $1 million. Buffett said the rich are “coddled” by Congress “as if we were spotted owls or some other endangered species.”
ABC News, 2011
Greed is one of the biggest issues facing this nation, and when someone who has had such financial success mentions this its generally a good idea to listen. Buffett showed humility, but most importantly common sense with this argument. Numerous presidents have raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans. This is nothing new, but seems to get a lot of negative energy. The general population of Americans would benefit from something like this not hurt. Many conservative pundits will try and steer you to a negative view of this, but in this like they are wrong.
“Bear in mind that towards the payment of debts there must be revenue; that to have revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant.”
George Washington our first president puts it clear, and many of the founding fathers understood this concept. Looking back to the 1960’s almost every president was in favor of a tax increase, noting the benefit of the economy. Kennedy, Johnson, and Ford raised taxes, while Nixon tried to, Ford put his plan into action. Carter, Reagan, and H.W. Bush raised taxes, as did Clinton and Obama. In the past 40 years the only president who did not take this initiative was W. Bush. In fact, George W. Bush was the only president in the past half century to lower taxes, and the economy crumbles.