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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Republicans Block Minimum Wage Bill

The minimum wage ($5.15 at the federal level) hasn't been raised in 10 years. The majority of Americans in this country live paycheck to paycheck and for the first time ever, they are spending more than they are making (I did a show on credit card debt a few days ago).

Every Democratic and a few Republican Senators voted to raise the wage to $7.50/hour. The Republicans alone voted to block the bill (they want a tax cut for small businesses).

Take a look at how the "liberal media" covered this.


At 1/24/2007 4:36 PM, Anonymous D.A. said...

This snag is about helping those affected by minimum wage. I do not understand why people such as yourself cannot understand this very simple point.

By giving tax breaks to the businesses who employ low-wage workers will better benefit everyone. Otherwise you would be looking at small business owners being unable to cover the costs of the bill. This would translate into a higher number of jobs lost.

That doesn't seem very helpful to those dependent upon the passage of this bill. Call me crazy but a lack of jobs would not better their situation.

Of course though, maybe it would. It would force minimum wage workers (I'm not talking about teenagers) to obtain more marketable job skills to better their situation.

Of course though, then we run the risk of more people on welfare due to the job shortages. Then the Government would be their bread winner and chances are they would have no incentive to get off their butts.

Here is food for thought...I never got a job from a poor man.

I look forward to your response and your debate here.

At 1/24/2007 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how can anyone live on 5.15 an hour. say a person works the regular 40hrs, that's only like 200 beans after taxes.

At 1/24/2007 5:33 PM, Anonymous D.A. said...

Typically teenagers have a mom & dad that support them. People that make 5.15/hour need to try and better themselves, get better workable job skills.


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