The Most Clever Idea We All Can Do to Reduce Income Inequality
In today’s society one doesn’t have to look far to see income inequality — or any inequality for that matter. Recently President Obama signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract employees. But is that really enough? If we as U.S. citizens want to work to lessen the income divide and give hard-working Americans a wage that is sustainable and honors the work that they do, then can we really continue waiting on state and federal governments to step in and make the change? What can we do to increase the minimum wage on our own, instead of waiting for our own local governments — take Los Angeles, for example, where a fight is underway — to do the right thing?
There is something we can do as U.S. citizens to increase the minimum wage. We simply can give people more money whenever and wherever there is the opportunity to do so. For example, when you are at a restaurant, and you just spent $50 on a really great meal, why not give above 20 percent. We’ve grown accustomed to a world of acceptable social norms, a world in which — as The Washington Post recently pointed out — we convince ourselves that 20 percent is more than enough. But what if we can afford more? What part can we do to share the wealth and increase the minimum wage by giving 25 or 30 percent if we can afford it? We are already out at a nice restaurant, splurging on ourselves. How about paying it forward to those who are serving us and also who are working hard for their salaries and career. What would it be like, as The Washington Post reporters suggest in a recent article, if the hedge fund manager gave just a little more to her taxi driver? We’re not talking about forcing anyone to give away their wealth. We simply are suggesting that if out of the generosity of one’s heart, a person with means can give a little more to the person with fewer means — well, we aren’t just well on our way to increasing the minimum wage. We’re actually setting an example for future generations and giving them a roadmap to follow. We’re telling them that we take care of each other, that the community responds, that income inequality at its deplorable levels isn’t fair or acceptable. And we’re doing it together, without waiting on Big Government to get it together and provide for the people. Think about that for a minute — the opportunity to make that kind of difference doesn’t come around often. So tip a little more. Give away your money so that you can gain happiness — and give happiness to others.
Want to do something about income inequality? Start tipping more| The Washington Post
Raise The Wage| Whitehouse
L.A.’s minimum wage plan to advance without time-off mandate| LA Times