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Minimum wage laws are remnant of New Deal of 1930s

To the editor:

In regards to consistent calls for a raise in the federally-mandated minimum wage, it is time to question whether such laws are needed in the first place.

Take, for instance, a farmer who needs to hire help on a part-time basis. He, and only he, should have the right to decide how much to pay for this help. This is the proper employer-employee relationship, and applies to all forms of work, equally.

If a person is not satisfied with his or her wage, then that person should be free to look elsewhere, or receive more training. Or the employees may strike, but there can be no guarantee of results, or of continued employment with the company.

A person may regard freedom to be man’s natural state, but there have always been men who desired power over others. A farmer or any employer has no obligation to pay anyone a real or so-called “livable” wage, since no one can define what a livable wage really is.

Minimum wage laws are a remnant of the New Deal and are not a part of true capitalist economic systems.