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  •  The minimum wage needs to rise to a living wage. (11+ / 0-)

     The American Jobs Act must be re-introduced, and passed. Taxes need to be imposed on businesses that outsource jobs, the Buffet Rule needs to go into effect, and stock and commodities trades need to be taxed.

       These very modest changes will begin to make a dent in the desperation so many Americans feel, and will start to reduce the trend of gross inequality driving us to Third World status.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:28:32 PM PST

    •  Minimum Wage Inversely Correlated To Financial (2+ / 0-)
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      Assets and income in Laura's map (as linked) up top. US Dept. of Labor minimum wage map here.

      Across the south, deep red territory, only FL has higher than Fed minimum wage of $7.25/hr. That works out to $14,500 per year. Try buying a house or raising a family on that!

      TX is at Fed min and the rest are at or BELOW the Federal minimum or have no minimum wage at all, however FMWA (Fair Minimum Wage Act) covers everyone.

      WY has the lowest ($5.15/hr or a booming $2.13 if you receive tips!) and WA has the highest ($9.19).

      If the R's were right, states w/o minimum wage (LA, MS, AL, TN and SC) should be doing better than the rest of the US but they all get D's and F's but I expect that the swells are doing just fine down on their plantations.

      Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

      by TerryDarc on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 11:01:56 AM PST

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      •  Low minimum wage is really anti-family, because (1+ / 0-)
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        as you say, you cannot support a family on that and must have government assistance which they want to stop. So, duh, give better wages then they won't need the assistance!

        Recently talked to snotty REPUB econ prof who wants to cut everything no matter who it kills. Like 20% off SS right off the bat. When I asked what about minim wage and how do you support a family on that he ignored the question.

        "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

        by Gorette on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 11:34:09 AM PST

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        •  Show Him The Maps (1+ / 0-)
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          Of minimum wage and Financial Assets and Income. Then ask him how the public schools in his town are doing.

          Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

          by TerryDarc on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 11:39:10 AM PST

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