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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:58 PM

Old habits are hard to break

For almost 40 years, businesses in this country have been under-paying their employees. They have gotten used to making real nice profits with very low labor costs.

However, we are now paying a price. Too many people barely make enough to subsist and have no available cash to spend on their products. Besides that, they now have to compete with overseas products and prices.

Raising the minimum wage would be a good start to get the working people of this country back on their feet. Yes, some businesses might make less profits for a while but the money would come back to their businesses eventually.

It is a travesty the way many businesses have treated their workers for the last few decades. America has been bery good to them.

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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 05:48 PM

1. Being a dual citizen, when I go to Australia and see the minimum wage is $15.96, I always think..

...of the workers here getting close to 1/2 that much. It's downright disgusting. Plus, they have health care.
True... prices on some things there are higher but not THAT MUCH higher. Workers here are truly being taken advantage of...


* actually, a lot of things (in grocery stores) are less expensive.

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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:36 PM

2. My daughter runs a free clinic, all departments. The wealthy board members believe that $10 an hour,

34 hrs a week, is more than enough for her to raise two boys, pay for her house, pay her student loans and survive. They even told her to get food stamps. The non-profit papers filed with the IRS claim she is being paid $12.50 per and I can't raise hell because they will fire her.

I am nearly broke taking up the slack for the dead-beat fathers, along with the shit pay. I have no future, but am so grateful my daughter at least has an education and may be able to find a better paying job, someday.

I am so fucking sick of those with more than enough telling the rest of us how little we should be able to live on.

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