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Flabbergasted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:56 PM
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It's time to raise the minimum wage....a buck or two?
Every little bit will help that group and the economy as a whole.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:58 PM
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1. Wasn't it raised about a year ago finally? I recall Kennedy was a big
inspiration. Maybe two-finally? :shrug:

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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:58 PM
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2. Or more.
If incentive pay works for execs, it should work for minumum wage earners too.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:02 PM
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3. The problem is that society feels compelled to preserve the income disparity
When there's talk of raising the minimum wage, someone immediately complains that you'd need to raise all other wages, too.


Why the hell should that be the case? What possible purpose could it serve except to preserve the income disparity? Does the fact that some people now have a slightly higher income mean that someone else's income is automatically reduced? Of course not!


What we really need IMO is a maximum wage.

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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:06 PM
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4. It's $8.40 here. How about where you are?
That's Oregon. In Washington it is $8.55.
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DrToast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:14 PM
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5. It was just raised in July. (nt)
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:18 PM
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6. It went up to $7.25 in July, final increase n/t
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:32 PM
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7. I believe it's around $10.25 an hour in San Francisco. It should be that much everywhere, so people
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 09:41 PM by LaPera
can actually make a living working for minimum wage....But, big corporations, Wal-Mart, McDonald's, etc...have the republicans working for them to bullshit the public by saying it'll hurt small businesses....but it's really the corporations, the same ones who hire undocumented workers by the truckloads...for peanuts and keep workers from making a living at minimum wage, keeping it as low as possible, and would still barely be getting by even if it was to go up to $10.25 an houreverywhere.
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Kaleva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:58 PM
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8. That would make it equal to the purchasing power min. wage had in '68.
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geek_sabre Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-25-09 03:07 PM
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9. Minimum wage isn't really intended to provide a living...
I think we'll see even more job losses if it is raised much more right now.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-25-09 04:31 PM
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15. They have nothing to do with each other
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phleshdef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-25-09 03:24 PM
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10. I'm not exactly sure that would be the best thing for the current unemployment situation.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-25-09 03:45 PM
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11. Minimum wage should be for protecting minors just entering the job market
Adults deserve a living wage. Ten, twelve dollars an hour, or more. I'm serious.
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-25-09 03:48 PM
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13. Precisely
Minimum wage by itself doesn't allow working people to survive thanks to inflation, etc.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-25-09 04:04 PM
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14. Even if minimum wage was fixed to inflation, it's not enough for households exist on
Living wage - dignity wage - humane wage.

A model I toy with from the days of yore:

Bank President makes $150 and enjoys his prime rib
Bank manager makes $125 and has roast beef
Head teller makes $100 and loves chops
Tellers make $80 and enjoys roast chicken with all the trimmings
Teller trainees make $60 and becomes creative with ground beef. Can you say casseroles?
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-25-09 03:47 PM
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12. We all need a raise.
I haven't gotten one in two years, and if they raise the mim. wage any higher it'll surpass my wage! LOL! :rofl:

Well it's not funny, but sometimes you have to joke about these things.
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