Higher wages will hurt many Re "Raising minimum wage would aid many without harming the economy" (Viewpoints, Dec. 2): Paul Krugman closes his argument by stating that "raising the minimum wage would help many Americans." By many, he is talking about the 30 million workers earning minimum wage. However, raising the minimum wage will only hurt the low-income workers by making it harder for the less qualified who are searching for jobs in a nation with a whopping unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. Lets not forget that the ideal unemployment is a mere 4.5 percent. If our nation could increase funding toward such a goal, instead of raising the minimum wage, we would be helping the 11.3 million people that are unemployed, as well as the 30 million low-income workers. If our nation hopes to overcome economic inequality, this should be common sense.
-- Marina Titova, Orangevale