People on welfare are not "motivated to do nothing". Who is going to be motivated to live on 400 dollars a month? It is not enough to rent the cheapest room in town, much less to pay for food, AND look for a job.<quoted text>
Really? SO when businesses that have to pay the 9$/hour wage increase their price it won't affect the very people that it is supposed to help?
Evidence has shown otherwise.
Minimum wage was never intended to be a sustainable wage.
Possibly. And as such it hurts those workers looking for those minimum wage jobs. So how were they helped by increasing the minimum wage?
And for those that do business with those businesses that pay those minimum wages, they're going to see an increase in their costs.
<quoted text>Really? What kind of incentives get people off welfare? When people are essentially paid to do nothing, what will motivate them to do otherwise? Who pays for these incentives you speak of?
The reason, I think, that people stay on welfare for a long time is because once you have been unemployed for months, or a year, or more, even years, you have a big gap in your work record. No one will hire you then. Once you get without references, you are dog meat.
The government gives employers benefits for hiring minorities, women, ex-cons, etc. The government needs to give them something for hiring people who's references have run out, or who have no other negatives but have just been unemployed for a long time.
That gap in the work record is what is keeping people on welfare over the long periods. It's not that they are living it up on the meager money that they get from welfare.