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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Minimum wage

Well, the Senate has rejected the bill to raise minimum wage. Read the (short) story here.

Here's MY proposal for minimum wage:

All Senators' and Representatives' should be indexed to minimum wage. Clearly they need to make more than minimum wage, but it should be in some way directly proportionate to minimum wage. And if the minimum wage isn't increased... then THEIR pay isn't increased.

Ted Kennedy is right. The Republicans just don't get it. I'd like to see the Congressmen (and women) who voted against this work minimum wage for 30 Days. They wouldn't last... I'm sure of it.


Sure, they cite France and Germany for examples of countries with high minimum wages but also high unemployment, but Democrats seem to get their heads taken off when we say "Look at Europe, look at Canada, they all have universal health care!!" That's one of the huge problems with minimum wage jobs - they don't offer health insurance or if it IS offered, it takes too much of their paycheck. Now, really, if you're making around $10,000 a year, can you REALLY afford to spend $1,200 or more (very likely more) per year for health insurance? Probably NOT! So then when you get sick or injured you have to go the emergency room. And can you afford that bill? Hell no. So your cost gets passed on in the form of higher insurance premiums (guaranteeing that even more won't be able to afford it), higher emergency room costs and high hospital costs. So tell me, is this system REALLY sustainable? Maybe for the rich and upper class... but the (quickly shrinking) middle class and lower class are suffering. Of course, the fuckin' elitist bastards don't care though!!

So here's my other proposal:

If you REFUSE to raise the minimum wage, institute UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. As I demonstrated above, we're paying for the health care of the poor already. So why not just provide a BETTER and CHEAPER alternative?!

I'm getting REALLY fucking sick of these elitist assholes in Congress. LET'S VOTE THEM OUT IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!

~The Hippy's Wife :)

P.S. Check out this story by Lou Dobbs... not often that I agree with the man, but he's absolutely right on this one!


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