Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)


I am writing to you because I want to have my opinion heard. I feel very worry about our businessand powerless.
I am sure that there are thousands and thousands of SMALL businesses like us who feel the same as me.
I don't know what to do to protect our business. Hearing from some politicians and some
"Expert" who have no concern for small businesses. I am talking about a small, small, between 3-10 employees.

I just started a small restaurant for my sons a year ago. He has been working long hours and takes less than minimum pay in order to keep the business afloat. I myself has been helping him everyday without drawing any wages, and my sister also help without pay, part time. We employ 4 high school students part time since most adult won't take part time work, and we cannot afford to pay for the their demanded wage which are normally higher than $7.25/hour anyway.
My concern with the increase are:
1. We just cannot afford to pay higher wages at over $2/hours more. While we are trying to keep the food price low and being competitive so that we don't drive away customer by increasing our prices.
2. A $2 plus increase on wages do not mean just $2, Social security tax and employment tax increase accordingly. It would become closer to $3 increased easily.
3. These people don't have any broad idea about the domino effect. They said that "oh, the company just pass on the increase in their products". Don't they think that every products that we have to buy for our business will increase, therefore out cost will be higher. If every product increase about 30% which is approximately the increase of the minimum wages. What would that translate to our product costs let alone the wages increase for our employees?

4. Most of the company paying higher than $7.25/hour anyway right now. The one that will get hurt most are the small business like us. You cannot simply put a blanket rules to cover everybody in the business world.
The inflation rate is 0-4 percent while you want to take minimum wage to 50% increase in 3 years. Is it reasonable.

It is fine if you want to increase the minimum wages for the larger business, but please make a provision for small, small business. We cannot afford to hire worker who has to support a family. We hire students who want to make some extra income for their extra spending.

I do not have an economics degree or a PHD to prove my points, but what I said are the simple truth of our own lives and livings. Every time I heard people who talking about increasing minimum wages without concern of small small business, I feel very upset.
Please let me know if you need more information from me or any further question. I hope you can put my concern on the air. Please let me know if you do.
Pat Sukhtipyaroge

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