Letter: Take away the freedom to exploit workers
Re: ‘Bad economics’ (Metro, Jan. 10-12)
I totally disagree with Alton Yee construing the Affordable Care Act, minimum wage law and unemployment insurance to mean the taking away of our “economic freedoms.” I think most will consider these laws as protections. For some time now, U.S. businesses have driven down our quality of life while collecting record profits. There was a time when most heads of the households were paid a “family wage.” Today, if you are able to be paid a “living wage” you’re better off than most.
If our government does take away any of our freedoms I hope it’s the freedom to exploit others. If U.S. businesses sincerely offered fair opportunities and proper compensation for our labor, we would not need the aforementioned programs.
Paul Wepprecht, via email