A conservative commentator is denouncing a Democratic proposal
to raise the minimum wage to just over $10 an hour.
Stacy Swimp, a member of the Project 21 black leadership network and
president of the Frederick Douglass Society, says the minimum
wage does not belong in a free-market society.
"Any time that government decides a wage, what you've just done
is taken away the rights and ability for private businesses to
compete with each other in a free-market society, which itself
should drive wages," Swimp tells OneNewsNow.
June 25 marked the 75th anniversary of the Minimum Wage Act,
which was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in
The bill established a minimum wage standard.
Swimp scoffs at the idea that "slave labor exists" without
minimum wage laws and contends government needs to get out of the
"The last thing I'm concerned about are the kinds of abuses we
saw back in the '40s and '50s," Swimp says, rattling off federal
agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that
exist to ensure fair treatment.
Some Democrats claim raising the wage to $10.10 an hour would
bring the wage in line with its historical purchasing power.
The Washington Times reports Sen. Tom Harkin of
Iowa and Rep. George Miller of California are
proposing the hike, which would be the first since
Fast-food workers are continuing their push for better pay, though an analyst says the industry has few adults making burger flipping a career.