Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Senate Says No To Increased Minimum Wage - AGAIN

ABC News reports that for the 9th time since 1999 Democrats proposed and Republicans blocked an increase in minimum wage. (excerpts below, bolding mine)

"...The 52-46 vote was eight short of the 60 needed for approval under budget rules ..."Americans believe that no one who works hard for a living should have to live in poverty. A job should lift you out of poverty, not keep you in it," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. He said a worker paid $5.15 an hour would earn $10,700 a year, "almost $6,000 below the poverty line for a family of three."
...Kennedy also said lawmakers' annual pay has risen by roughly $30,000 since the last increase in the minimum wage."

Minimum wage is $5.15 an hour, and we complain that people are not lining up with joy to get these jobs. If you have to pay for childcare or any kind of transportation you may as well stay home. Minimum wage in the USA should be the minimum wage that would be considered a LIVING wage. In rural environments this amount would be hard to live on. Try cities. Impossible!

Yet the Republicans are happy to vote their own salary increases and tax cuts for the wealthy. And billions for this war.

Have we lost our minds or our hearts or our souls or all three?


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