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Hey Broke People: This Statistic Will Piss You Off

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Kit B (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 7:10 am
Photo Credit: Economic Policy Institute and Upworthy

In Roz-dreamland, there are fields of glorious, glittery, magical money for everyone struggling to hustle on minimum wage. It's a bloody beautiful place.

But don't just let this statistic piss you off. It's a reminder that we have to keep fighting for economic fairness for those who deserve it.

And what is the minimum wage? That's right $7.25 an hour and those lazy people do not deserve help, and their children are not deserving either. Just ask the House.


Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 7:18 am

Roger Skinner (14)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 8:39 am
Yeah, that should piss people off, but add in on top of that the fact that the minimum wage is currently about $3 per hour lower (in inflation-adjusted dollars) than it was 45 years ago. A living wage for employees isn't a goal for most companies, maximizing profits is.

JL A (281)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 8:59 am
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will take the state's minimum wage to $10 from the current $8 in two stages -- $9 an hour next year and $10 in 2016.

Researchers will get to document the economic growth and positive impacts on businesses to push Congress to do what is best for all instead of clinging to repeatedly debunked myths.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 9:42 am
It is hard to imagine how vibrant and healthy the economic and political landscape of this nation would be if the minimum wage was $28/H. We are consistently indoctrinated to blindly believe that a higher minimum wage is detrimental to the nation, but the reality is that the more people, all people, can participate in the economy...the healthier it is. And, people that aren't weighed down with all the burdens and cares of just trying to pay the bills and survive...are free to actually take an interest in making democracy work. That's probably why the dominant corporate parties have done so little to actually raise the minimum wage...they don't want a people's revolution.

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 10:36 am

Well Jerry Brown is making tiny baby steps, and that's more than other governors. The real desire of the Congress? To eliminate the minimum wage and hope to sucker you into to believing that will create jobs and make this country more prosperous. If you believe that, I own a bridge from Arizona to Hawaii I have for sale.

Carrie B (306)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:15 am
Yes, most of us are pissed off and the GOP/TP are laughing their collective asses off, but once again the American people have been suckered! Thanks Kit.

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:32 am

People can accept the stuff being done TO them or demand what is need FOR them.

Nancy M (169)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:46 am
Truly sad. All those lazy people making less than a living wage.

Kathleen R (192)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 12:54 pm
I guess we already knew this but it kind of smacks you in the face. If the working poor and middle class were making a decent wage, our economy would be humming along. That would create more jobs, so more people would be contributing.

Robert B (60)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 1:16 pm
These piss-poor corporate owned politicians don't seem to understand that if everyone had as least a living wage, the economy would be booming. But they would rather just steal from the poor to enrich themselves. And that, in my opinion is CRIMINAL. THEY ARE THIEVES!

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 2:53 pm
Not sure any statistic can piss me off more than I already am. But if one could, this would probably be it.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 3:54 pm
Greedy is as Greedy does. While productivity has gone up the ones who labor see less for it. If they could get by with throwing us some gruel and water for a days wage this would eventually be done. It's happened before as the Elites don't like to share, never have.

At one time in this USofA there were children having to work in the coal mines and factories alongside their adult family members in order for all of them to have something to eat. They were paid half the wages and many died before reaching adulthood from injuries, coal dust, and being worked to death. It hasn't just been the better medical inventions that increased life expectancy it has also been that people no longer had to work from sun up to sun down and still not be able to eat well.

They are Criminals Robert, they stole silently, but none the less they stole, they stole the people in their later years the security they expected to have, they stole their children's futures, they took more of the pie for their own selves, living better than Kings of old and then tell those of us who are barely making it that we didn't do something right, didn't work hard enough, and certainly shouldn't whine or ask for a meal if we are hungry.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 27, 2013, 1:07 am
It doesn't really piss me off, but it makes me wanna be more active as a civilian...

Craig Pittman (52)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:13 am
Corporation will never voluntarily pay a living wage. Government is in bed with the corporations so nothing will be changed until we make it happen. It is amazing that in a democracy 1% of the population can dictate the standards and rules for the other 99%.

Jaime Alves (52)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:35 am

Wendy H (54)
Friday September 27, 2013, 7:16 am
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