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Wiregrass Willie Donating Member (436 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 05:08 PM
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Can working Americans afford Republicans any longer ?
In 1961 -- when a Democrat was President -- the minimum wage was $1.00 an hour and gasoline cost about 20 cents a gallon. A person making minimum could buy 5 gallons of gasoline for one hour of work.

In 1971 the minimum wage was $1.60 and gasoline cost 36 cents a gallon. A person on minimum wage could buy 4.44 gallons of gasoline for one hour of work.

By 1986 the minimum wage was $3.35. A gallon of gasoline cost 87 cents a gallon. A person making minimum wage cold buy 3.85 gallons of gas for one hour of work.

In 1992 the minimum wage was $4.25 and a gallon of gasoline cost $1.10. A person on minimum wage could buy 3.86 gallons of gas for one hour of labor.

Today, the minimum wage is $5.15. Gasoline in GA is $2.95 a gallon. A person on minimum wage cannot even buy two gallons of gas for one hour of labor.

Does anybody notice what has happened to the buying power of the poorest working people among us during 38 years of (primarily) Republican rule and deregulation ?
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 05:13 PM
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1. Just listening to CNN report
where they were saying that $5/gallon of gas is not out of the question by the end of the summer.

How are people making minimum wage going to be able to afford to even GO to work with that?
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 05:17 PM
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3. Expect to see folks on the side of the road with
their thumbs out a LOT. It's going to be the only way poor folks can get to work.
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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 05:16 PM
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2. The working middle class soon to be joining our brothers and sisters.......
of the working poor; none of 'US' have been able to 'afford' rethugliCONS and corporate criminals since January 20, 1981.
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