The country also needs a program that would create jobs for teenagers — ages 16 to 19 — whose unemployment rate is currently a record 27.6 percent. Deep and prolonged unemployment among the young is especially worrisome. It means they do not have a chance, and may never get the chance, to acquire needed skills, permanently hobbling their earnings potential.Some articles mildly frustrate me, but this one angered me enough to respond, and they published my letter (3rd one down). Although it's quite nice to get published, it's disheartening to read the other letters and to reread the editorial and come to understand that my viewpoint is probably considered kooky, especially because I live in Bezerkeley. I think most economists agree that the minimum wage hurts, so we must not be very good at conveying the terrible costs of the minimum wage.
Bottom Line: Let people sell their time for whatever they feel is fair.