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  •  Problem is, that lower-end households' incomes (3+ / 0-)
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    haven't kept up with that. The wage in 1968 was $1.60/hour - multiply that by fourty hours a week, fifty weeks a year, and you're looking at $3,200 - half the median household income, more or less.

    Now, the minimum wage is $17,500/year on full-time minimum wage, just one-third of the median household income - from 12% of the Senatorial salary in 1968, to 10% today.

    What's more, Senators are remarkably busy people even when Congress isn't in session. "Part-time politicians" denigrates all the work that most of them do outside of the Senate chamber, in order to keep their jobs and serve their constituents.

    "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

    by Australian2 on Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 11:01:10 PM PST

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