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  •  Indexing the minimum wage is the #1 change.. (3+ / 0-)

    I've been looking for.  I haven't worked for minimum wage in quite a few years now, but I remember what it was like, and it was rough.  And I was a single guy living in a studio apartment at the time.  I can't imagine what it would be like as a parent.

    As long as the index mark is pegged at a sufficient level for full time minimum wage workers to no longer be in poverty, then it's clearly a big win for the economy as a whole.

    The fact Republicans are completely oblivious to what this would mean for "welfare" type programs is not a surprise.  Less below the poverty line means less spent on those programs.. right?  That's the easy logic to figure.  Less "takers" is what they want... right?!?

    The truth of the matter is they don't really give much of a shit.  As long as the cash keeps flowing uphill, they won't lift a finger to change anything.

    •  So sad for you that you think Republicans are (0+ / 0-)

      capable of rational analysis.  

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:31:48 PM PST

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    •  Seriously, they rathionalize it away (0+ / 0-)
      The fact Republicans are completely oblivious to what this would mean for "welfare" type programs is not a surprise.  Less below the poverty line means less spent on those programs.. right?  That's the easy logic to figure.  Less "takers" is what they want... right?!?
      They don't see it that way. They conceive of most recipients of such programs as being what sociologists call the "unstable poor"; people with too many personal problems to earn a living. Examples of such personal problems would be addictions or mental illness. They don't think of the working poor at all, or think of them as people whose earning capacity is impaired by personal problems.

      Nobody denies that the unstable poor really exist, but they account for nowhere near a majority of the poor.

      Writing in all lower-case letters should be a capital offense

      by ebohlman on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 01:51:20 PM PST

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