- Written by Ivey Brent Laminack Ivey Brent Laminack
- Category: Public Policy Public Policy
- Published: 29 November -0001 29 November -0001
I've had some pushback from my suggestion that repealing the minimum wage would create a million jobs. "But nobody could feed a family of 4 on that kind of wage" is the general pushback. I never said one could. The jobs created would be entry-level jobs: mostly part-time and for teenagers. This answers several problems like the Catch-22 of "All the jobs I see require experience, but how can I get experience without a job?" These entry-level jobs are just that: places to enter the workforce. They aren't designed to be places to work your whole life. Oh, yes, creating a million entry-level jobs would by necessity create, what a hundred thousand new management jobs to oversee these new workers? Now we're starting to see real job creation.
Is this what would really happen? Yes. Before President Johnson's "Great Society" experiment where he raised the minimum wage, the unemployment rate among black male teenagers was actually lower than white male teenagers. Why? Because black male teenagers would generally work for lower wages. Raising the minimum wage threw tens of thousands of black male teenagers out of work. Minimum wage legislation is generally sponsored by trade unions trying to protect their jobs agains lower-wage competition. I don't know if it's deliberate or not, but the minimum-wage legislation of the 1960s and 70s had a pronounced racial bias, destroying the jobs of disproportionately more blacks than whites. Again, I don't know if that was the intent, but the result was definitely racist.