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Indian Peaks, Continental Divide, Colorado

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Do you support raising the federal minimum wage? Why, or why not?

Answer: I support raising the Federal Minimum Wage in the context of a Global Minimum Wage worked into current and future international trade agreements. We can suggest that other countries adopt their own minimum wage standards pegged to our minimum wage if they wish to sell goods produced by those workers to the US (e.g., the current average Vietnamese wage is about $1 an hour and could be pegged to a new American minimum wage of $8 an hour; if we raised our minimum wage further to $10 an hour, we could force the Vietnamese to raise theirs to $1.25); such wage floors would improve standards of living around the world, create more economic and political stability, and create new consumers of American goods produced by our trusty $10-an-hour workers. I also support a "Global" minimum wage in that fewer exceptions should be made based on industry. In a past life as a restaurant waiter, I experienced first-hand the cockamamie effects of a $2 an hour minimum wage allowed by law (i.e., restaurant owners can find someone else to fold their damn napkins at 2 a.m.).

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