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So when corporate leaders talk about how the minimum wage won’t pull people up from the poverty line, they’re right: many companies that rely on minimum-wage workers, from McDonald’s to Walmart, have already figured out how to treat their workers as commodities, and poverty is now built into the system because of that. In a longtime period of joblessness like the one we’re living through, people will take whatever job they can get. But there is an intellectual dishonesty here too, as well as a craven contribution to the country’s economic woes. Corporate leaders shouldn’t have to be told by the government to pay their workers a living wage. They know that consumers will drive the recovery, but consumption by the rich doesn’t do it. You need the middle and lower classes. Denying Minimum-Wage Workers A Raise Is Craven and Grotesque

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