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  •  You went into more depth (7+ / 0-)

    with your calculations, but, the point remains the same. Even at the maximum, we're not talking million dollar salaries here, which is what was bothering the commenter eking out a subsistence retirement living on Social Security..

    And the minimum wage really should be raised to at least $10 an hour. That it's as low as it is is the result of the continual dismantlement of our economy for the benefit of the wealthy by the GOP, but what is really is is an embarrassment, plain and simple.


    •  Raising the minimum wage has overwhelming (1+ / 0-)
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      support, just like taxing the rich, maybe even more support. It's one of the best political moves out there for Democrats, who need to do it more often.

      Best, if it's available in your state, is to put it on the ballot as a constitutional amendment so the legislature can't cut it in some way, like the Missouri legislature did to the annual COLA adjustment passed with the last initiative minimum wage increase.

    •  I agree the minimum wage should be raised (0+ / 0-)

      along with our investment in education, social security, medicare, medicaid, unemployment insurance, and all the other safety nets that keep the poor and elderly, the sick and disabled from starving and going homeless.

      What we need is to establish a minimum quality of life that is high enough that people don't need to kill themselves with the abuse of addictive substances such as drugs alcohol, tobacco, and fast foods to escape their misery.

      That would save us billions by making our people more productive, keeping a greater percentage of healthcare preventative rather than therapeutic, encouraging the exploration of entrepreneurial opportunities  that many people can imagine but are dissuaded from pursuing by a lack of capital for investment.

      What the GOP is scared of is our not being internationally competitive with emerging third world economies. In Europe this has led to a race for the bottom with ever more stringent austerity designed to make people willing to compete with India and China for a job telecommuting to provide computer support.

      What might be a wiser policy is global nation building and instead of resource wars cooperation to mediate the climate change which threatens to make all our other struggles irrelevant by 2020.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:35:28 AM PST

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