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Former Governor Tried To Live On The Minimum Wage For A Week, Ran Out Of Baloney

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Ted Strickland tried to live on the minimum wage for a week, and it didn't go so well. "I didn't make it," the former Democratic governor of Ohio wrote in Politico Magazine. Strickland tried to keep his expenses down but said he'd run out of cash by Thurs

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Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday July 28, 2014, 1:07 pm
He still deserves point for trying, and more points for admitting he failed.

Kamia T (89)
Monday July 28, 2014, 2:37 pm
Kudos for trying, but he would have REALLY been in trouble if he had to live on the average of less than 30 hours a week most people are now being given so that businesses don't have to deal with providing the benefits that a full-time employee gets.

Vallee R (280)
Monday July 28, 2014, 4:07 pm
So what does he plan on doing about it?

Past Member (0)
Monday July 28, 2014, 4:22 pm
Love the headline! So did he learn anything really...

Animae C (514)
Monday July 28, 2014, 5:18 pm
ALL of them should do this.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Monday July 28, 2014, 9:38 pm
Maybe Boenher will see it doesn't include Booze , Cig's, & tanning!!
yes they need to learn this!
Thank You Carrie

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 6:20 am
"Itís un-American that you can work and work and work and not get out of poverty." Ted Strickland

Not only un-American but it's inhumane to ask people to work all week and remain in poverty while the CEO's keep getting bonuses and a millions in pay raises; while claiming the Company can not afford to pay the ill paid employees fairly.

The other end of the spectrum is the Elders who haven't seen adequate cost of living increases in their Social Security checks for a long time, on check already too low and can't keep up with the cost of trying to live in a society where it costs more and more to live in it all the time. These people worked all their lives just to end up in poverty at the end of it.

Many Elders have only the Social Security check and those with a pension, if they are lucky, sometimes have only small pensions or pensions that are being cut back by the Corporations and even towns that are filing for bankruptcy.

I give him credit for at least bringing up the point.....and he is one of the lucky ones, he only had to do it for one week.

Lisa Zilli (17)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 8:29 am
My dad was able to survive working in the fast food industry. He worked 2 jobs (McDonalds and Pizza Hut), and averaged 80-90 hours a week (he was manager of Pizza Hut). He ate breakfast and lunch at McDonalds, and dinner at Pizza Hut in order to save money.

It never occurred to him to apply for food stamps or welfare.

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 9:30 am
good on him to try.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 9:37 am
noted thanks

Kathleen M (211)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 4:58 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. Hope he shared the lesson far and wide!

Angelus Silesius (120)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 5:01 pm
Kudos for he trying to understand the plight of the poor

Freya H (357)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 6:08 pm
At least he gave it the "old college try." If only more politicians, especially Republicans, would perform the same experiment. Surely that would open their beady eyes!
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