Who Wants More Money: Minimum Wage, Tipping and UBI | Ep 52

Lots of talk these days about how we to make sure everyone has what they need. Michael, Scott (not Steve) and Delfina get into it about what’s fair and whose problem is it to solve.

This video from Saving the Dream, titled ‘Who Wants More Money: Minimum Wage, Tipping and UBI’, features a comprehensive discussion on various economic topics including minimum wage, tipping culture, sub-minimum wage, and Universal Basic Income (UBI). The speakers share personal experiences and delve into the complexities of labor laws, government intervention, and the evolving nature of work and compensation.


  • The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since 2009, sparking debates over living versus starvation wages, with some states like Texas setting higher minimum wages.
  • Personal anecdotes highlight experiences with minimum wage jobs and tipping, underscoring the varied impacts of these economic practices on workers.
  • Discussion on the effectiveness of raising minimum wage includes potential business loopholes and the specific impact on fast food jobs in places like California and DC.
  • The conversation explores the concept of tipping, its cultural differences, and its significance for service workers, alongside the role of restaurant owners in tip distribution.
  • Universal Basic Income (UBI) is discussed with skepticism regarding its feasibility and implications, referencing historical and contemporary examples.
  • The dialogue touches on the balance between providing a safety net through welfare or UBI and encouraging personal growth and development.
  • Automation’s impact on the job market and the potential role of UBI in addressing job loss due to technological advancements are debated.
  • The importance of personal responsibility and societal support in addressing economic challenges is emphasized, alongside a discussion on performance-based compensation.
  • Performance-based compensation and the idea of meritocracy in the workplace are explored, including the implementation of bonus structures and potential salary deductions for underperformance.
  • Generational differences in attitudes towards compensation are noted, with a shift towards valuing meaningful work over financial advancement.