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the minimum wage is too low

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    The current Federal minimum wage is $7,25 an hour.

    if you worked 40 hours a week for 50 weeks out of the year, you'd make $14,500 a year.

    If you are a 2 person household, you are automatically over $1500 BELOW the Federal poverty level:

    http://aspe.hhs.gov/2015-poverty-guidelines

    The last time that the Federal minimum wage was increased was 2009, when it went from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour:

    http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/coverage.htm

    A number of cities have raised their minimum wage to $15 an hour, but all them have that amount phased in over a number of years.

    In 2004 , members of Congress were paid $158,100. Ten years later, their compensation had been increased to $174,000 a year, an increase of $15,900. If you divide that by number by 2000 (40 hours times 50 working weeks a year) Congress has increased it's own compensation by $7.95 an hour, which is actually MORE than the current Federal minimum wage.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salaries_of_members_of_the_United_States_Congress

    If your Congressman tells you that we can't afford an increase in the minimum wage, just ask him to go back to the salary that we was making 10 years ago, and ask him to live on that salary. Even at the "old" salary, he is still making $79 an hour, which should provide a comfortable standard of living for just about anybody.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    People in the low income bracket don't live as well or as long as affluent people. Low income people can't help themselves. Let me dispell the you can be whatever you set your mind on right wing dictatorial . If that were the reality then by now the right wing would have found cures for all diseases, be dominant in all sports, resolved all terrorism threats and on. When I question proponents of you create your own destiny the cop out answer as to why they are not better is that they are satisfied. I call that selfish and lazy to have the capacity to solve all problems but don't. Once again the life of the game is money. Taking all the money out of the game is autrocious. Especially because it causes suffering and earlier death. $7,25 an hour and not a chance to do better.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    I agree that it is far too low. Corporations like Wal-Mart and Papa Johns claim that a rise in the minimum wage will hurt their bottom line, but that is because they would rather the government subsidize their workers healthcare (Medicaid), food (SNAP benefits), housing (Public Housing, Vouchers, and Subsidized Housing), and extra income (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

    Instead of paying their workers a living wage that will allow them to provide for themselves these greedy assholes lean on the government, or should I say the American people, to provide all of these essential services so they don't have to.

    It's really disgusting if you think about it. These corporations make billions of dollars in profit a year, but pay their workers a pittance and expect the government to step in help their employees who are stuck in the endless poverty.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    I agree that it is far too low. Corporations like Wal-Mart and Papa Johns claim that a rise in the minimum wage will hurt their bottom line, but that is because they would rather the government subsidize their workers healthcare (Medicaid), food (SNAP benefits), housing (Public Housing, Vouchers, and Subsidized Housing), and extra income (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

    Instead of paying their workers a living wage that will allow them to provide for themselves these greedy assholes lean on the government, or should I say the American people, to provide all of these essential services so they don't have to.

    It's really disgusting if you think about it. These corporations make billions of dollars in profit a year, but pay their workers a pittance and expect the government to step in help their employees who are stuck in the endless poverty.

    I would like to take the argument about a living wage to the Congress and ask them why quadrillions of dollars are being stagnated to securitize financial gambling in futures/derivatives. Most of these trades have been expanded into dangerous interpretations of what a futures can be in order to be traded with virtually no regulations. Repealing Glas/Steagull opened up dangerous trading and the The abdominal Commodites Futures Modernization act actually legalized a lot of trading that was illegal under New York gambling laws. Money has to be put back in the economy and the road to profit has to be through people. The purpose of a country is people, not specialized profiteering. The people need to know how their and their kids livelihoods are being stolen away.