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The $7.25 Minimum Wage Is Too Low for 21st Century America


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Minimum wage, americans, economy, living wage, politics, media, ethics, government, republicans, democrats, dishonesty )

CarrieSIC
- 827 days ago - truth-out.org
On July 24, 2012, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) is coordinating a National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage, with events planned in more than 30 cities.



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Heidi Aubrey (16)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 9:25 pm
The minimum wage in California is 8.00/hr and in some cities its 15/hour. That is MINIMUM wage I am talking about. If Romney gets elected there will be no national minimum wage increase. The poor saps who who thought being rebellious was cool, or school was stupid and never graduated High School will still be earning 7.25 and hour.
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 9:31 pm
The NELP better get this done while President O'bama is in office. He is also willing to allow Walmart employees to unionize- something Walmart dreads with every fiber of its being and is no doubt a strong donator to Mitt's campaign(Republicans are dead set against ALL unions-rember the Rail Road's attempt to unionize from history?-Bloody). Walmart would actually have to pay a liveable wage for a change.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 10:35 pm
Raising the minimum wage is an absolute necessity! An individual, much less a family, cannot survive on what amounts to a pittance in today's economy. Furthermore, companies that pay minimum wage are unlikely to provide medical insurance or other essential benefits to their employees.
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 4:20 am
noted and agreed, thanks Carrie
 

Joe R. (191)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 11:16 am
If you haven't read "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America" by Barbara Ehrenreich, check it out. It's a real eye-opener about the working poor trying to live on minimum wage.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 1:42 pm
Here we are in the 21st Century, but it feels like a Dickens' novel "Please, sir, could we have some more?" People need to join Unions & start Demanding Progress from the GreedyOnePercent!!!!!!
 

Allan R. (0)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 7:00 pm
Willy Brandt the German Chancellor back when German was still recovering from WWII, asked all Germans to buy only in German, and sell in any language. Now what does that mean? It means that America's current pre-occupation with always trying to nickel and dime the local retail outlets to death, need a little re-think. If my only choice is the Internet, and I can only ever see the image of what I buy, is it still a good buy. When the Internet is the only option will you have a choice? A more serious question should be: if my county has no shops, and no sales tax revenues what will happen to my city, my county, my State?
 

John Gregoire (258)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 6:28 am
We sure have been contaminated by ad people these last several days. Wish CARE2 could stop this abuse. The minimum wage must be raised to cost of living standards as the current is so low it equated to what we live on as military retirees!
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 7:25 am
Corporations and other businesses need to pay people a living wage--and 25% of working Americans are not paid a living wage and remain in poverty despite working full time because of statutes and values that divert what should be paid to labor that actually produces something to exorbitant CEO and other disporportionate executive pay
 

Debbie L. (0)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 12:26 pm
The min wage should be a lot higher
 

JOAN FREDA (1)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 12:33 pm
How about us folks on SS?? I worked for 55 years, finally retired and collect $1100.10 a month. If that was paid earning for a 40 hour week, that would be equal to app. $6.80 cents an hour. Many peoples do not collect even that . My friend is retired and collects $610.00 a month...Try living on that!! And let's not forget that for two years people on SS DID NOT get any COL increases. Try living on THAT!!
 

donald Baumgartner (5)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 2:04 pm
Raise the minimum wage!!
 

Gloria H. (88)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 5:28 pm
when I hit 65, my ss will drop $100 to compensate for getting Medicare. I will then be living on 505.00a month. ouch!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 6:26 pm
That wage is almost slave labor.
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 10:51 pm
Thanks Carrie...I agree the minimum wage is way too low. Everything else has gone up except it. It is hard for people to live on so little. Everything is so expensive. The minimum wage needs to be raised. How does the government think people are supposed to live? But, the government doesn't care. RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE!!!!
 

Angelus Silesius (66)
Friday July 27, 2012, 5:24 am
The federal poverty level was arbitrarily establish by 1 woman working at the USDA in the 1950s when food was 1/3 of income for a family of 3. It has not been seriously revised since then. David Shipley's "The Working Poor" is an excellent book on this topic. Realistically, the federal poverty level should be $35k for a single and below and $65-70k per year for a family of 3. The reason it has not been revised is to hide the failed policies of economic and political leadership from all parties from the 1940s onward and to hide the extent of growing poverty in America. Hiding the problem has made millions of americans over decades suffer so protect the fragile egos of those silver-spooned leaders
 

Jennifer G. (20)
Friday July 27, 2012, 10:42 am
In a word...YES (it's way too low)
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