Minimum Wage Plan Should Spark Maximum Rage

Raynard Jackson | 2/20/2013, 12:27 p.m.

The people who want employers to pay them so they can raise their children (a private matter) are the same people who tell their employers to stay out of their private lives--they should be able to smoke away from the job, be overweight (even if it make the cost of health insurance more expensive for all employees), watch pornography at home, or be a member of the KKK during their hours away from the job.

So, I am somewhat confused that employees want privacy when it comes to certain personal behavior, but when it comes to pay, they want to use their personal behavior (having a family) as the basis for increased pay. You can't have it both ways.

My point is that the market place should determine the cost of labor based on value added to the business, not some politician who doesn't understand business or has never had to meet a payroll.

Am I cold and heartless? Not at all. But rest assured that if I mistreat my employees, it eventually will affect my business and I won't be around very long. Most business owners understand the value of having satisfied employees. But either your private life is off limits or it's not. Make a choice.

After hearing Obama's speech about the minimum wage, I am amazed that more Americans haven't responded with maximum rage.

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.