Yes to the minimum wage but no to China
"Myth and Management" is a book that delves into the issue is the Minimum wage a good idea for American society in general and low wage workers in particular. It takes the position that yes, it is indeed a good idea. One of the criticisms of the minimum wage is that it would lead to jobs going overseas but since many jobs overseas are waaaaaay blow the MW now, would the opponents of a MW argue that wages for low income workers in the US should be below that of a dollar or even fifty cents an hour? Wages not that uncommon, unfortunately, in the poorer areas of the world. No, economics should not be a race to the bottom to benefit a few wealthy corporate elites and that is what they are. Elites.
Men and women who don't give a damn about America. Who don't give a damn about American workers but who ironically want that same worker to earn enough to buy their product. This isn't just a liberal issue, many conservatives such as Pat Buchanan, have agreed with me on this issue. If patriotism means anything it means that not every American flag or "support the troops" ribbon that you can find is made in the dictatorship of China. American workers deserve a strong ecoomy that they and not just the rich and wealthy elite can take a part in.
Yes to trade but let's trade first with nations are an equal playing field. The Japans, the Germanys and the Italys. Nation's not out of 19th century workin conditions. China isn't our ally, they aren't our friend. They are a billion plus people who are imprisoned by a few thugs with guns at the top. So, if you see something made in China in a store I urge you not to buy it.
I understand that this isn't easy and you may not be able to accomplish it all the time. Ok, then reduce what you buy from China or even other developing nations until strong standareds on trade that aren't written by the corporate elite, are in place. If patrotism means anything at all, it means keeping the American engine strong.