Dear Editor: Mario Guerra’s latest pitch in favor of keeping a living wage off the table is typical of the kind of guy that lives way up on the hill. (“Minimum Wage Debate Must Include Talks About Poverty,” 4/2/15)
He underplays his company’s size and worth. It is a risk management insurance brokerage worth tens of millions. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not in any way trying to smear him for that fine accomplishment. But his comments are typical of conservatives these days who really don’t care about the underclass.
I’ve heard this alarmist commentary before. It’s just not accurate. A living wage will be good for everyone.
As for the small business people that Mario Guerra clearly is not, the fact is, their problems don’t end with the living wage issue. Big box stores like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, McDonalds, ect., these are the monolithic corporations that are the biggest detriment to mom and pops shops.
The world is changing constantly and it is extremely common for small businesses to fail under these highly competative economic circumstances. But especially when pitted against multi billion dollar corporations.
I’m tired of hearing the same old song and dance from the plutocrats of Downey and the rest of America. Mr. Guerra sounds like he is running for the vice presidential seat on the Ted Cruz or Mario Rubio ticket.
Published: April 9, 2015 - Volume 13 - Issue 52