Thursday, October 20, 2005

the headline got it right

Senate Again Fails To Raise Minimum Wage

The beloved members of our dear Senate have, over the past 9 years, managed to vote to raise their own salaries not once but again and again, culminating in an overall annual salary increase of $28,000. And yet somehow these same men and women haven't managed to vote to give poor people a salary increase of any sort, let alone a living wage. We're not even talking about outpacing inflation here, we're talking about people earning $5.15 per hour since 1997. Say, for example, you've got a single mother with two kids working full time at McDonalds. She'll earn a whopping $10,700 this year, just over one third of a Senator's raise. And we choose these people.

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