The Moral Case against the Minimum Wage
This article was published on April 19, 2017 in The Georgetown Current, The Northwest Current, The Dupont Current, and the Foggy Bottom Current.
On March 30th, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s official Twitter account posted a tweet, which read, “Last year, we made a promise to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour and we kept that promise. #DCValues #SODA17.” Before celebrating the passing of last year’s bill, Mayor Bowser should order a study to evaluate the effects of this minimum wage legislation.
Mayor Bowser’s tweet came a week after Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed similar minimum wage legislation. Minimum wage laws are immoral and irrational interventions in the free market, which hurt the workers with the lowest skill levels and the least amount of experience. Imposing a minimum wage gives our elected officials the erroneous belief that they are helping the poor, but it actually hurts the most vulnerable members of the work force.