Regardless of your political stripes, everyone agrees that America is better off when the middle class grows. The Left has been championing their "Fight for 15" cause — a $15 minimum wage — as a way to benefit the middle class, but a better idea would be the "Fight for 50": $50,000 jobs.
PragerU's latest short video explains that a $15 minimum wage is a poor idea given that it's a major barrier to entry for people looking to enter the workforce and makes it harder for businesses to keep their employees. There is a bevy of research that proves this.
Here's a better idea: let's fight for $50,000 jobs instead of a $15 minimum wage.
"There are going to be 2.5 million of these middle-skill job openings next year. These career opportunities require more than a high school degree, but less than a four-year college degree, boasting an average salary of $50,000 per year," the video states. "These jobs include automotive technicians, nurses, and plumbers."
In other words, these are jobs that provide people the opportunity to gain some working skills that will allow them to advance economically, all while making a decent living. This would be much more productive than imposing a jobs-killing $15 minimum wage.
"The entry-level wage should be thought of as a training wage, which employees with few skills can use to prepare for a $50,000 a year, or more, career," the video concludes. "Let's raise wages by putting Americans back to work, and fighting for $50,000."
The best way to do this, of course, is to get the government off the backs of the American people. The massive amount of regulation, taxes and spending from the government is causing wages to remain stagnant. Reducing the size of government will give the private sector room to breathe and work its magic to produce those $50,000 jobs. That's how we can grow the middle class.
The full video can be seen below: