Thursday, 22 June 2006

Minimum Wage Blues & Darn Dangerous People

The current minimum wage in the United States of America is $5.15 an hour, which works out as $10,712 a year, which is of course, below the federal poverty line. Senate, thanks to the Republicans inherent fear of a minimum wage increase and lobbied hard by the business community, blocked legislation to bump it up to $7.25 an hour by a 52-46 majority.

This angers me no end, how can a minimum wage fall below the government’s own level for what constitutes poverty? Why do the poverty apologists, in the guise of big business, maintain the fiction that it stifles the economy when it effects the only 6% of the workforce?

It is some consolation that 21 states already have minimum wage levels higher than the current federal level and that 83% of the American public back the increase (72% of Republican voters also back the increase) but it looks like it’ll be November until it can be put up for consideration again. We can but hope that by that time the Democrats will have control of the Senate and for the record, the UK minimum wage would be the equivalent of $9.28 an hour.

This morning bought the shocking news that Bush has woken up the human rights atrocity that he is responsible for and wants Guantanamo to close: “I'd like to end Guantanamo, I'd like it to be over with but I also recognize that we're holding some people there that are darn dangerous, and that we better have a plan to deal with them in our courts."


I beg your pardon President Bush? Could you repeat that folksy mannerism once more please?

“some people that are darn dangerous”

That’s nearly as bad as the 9/11 threat: “we’re going to get those folks”. Bush also added that he was constrained by concerns that prisoners repatriated to Yemen or Saudi Arabia may face torture in their home countries.




  1. Legislated minimum wages anger big business (who take on the form of poverty apologists--to the point of corporate sponsorship of "folk" culture, which encourages the "natural," self-depriving lifestyle) who move their factories to places where billions of chinamen will do the work for almost nothing.

    Plus, every single politician in the Unfair States of America is for sale, and by default the poor don't have the money to buy justice.

    This is why their currency must be armed insurrection, in a good old American Revolution where fat white people and fake Texans (he's from Delaware, folks) get shot just for being so fucking smug.

  2. what does DOOFUS mean? not that i doubt he is one!

  3. Dude, have you read Nickel & Dimed: on (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich? This book was written by a woman who left her cushy life to go work as a low-wage employee as research for her book.....absolutely the nail on the head and so real.

  4. I am going to post about the minimum wage today, and why it is unlikely it will EVER reach poverty level in the USA.

    It is all about our system of economics.

  5. Just poking around on your blog, good stuff! I'm going to have to go back and read your posts on America and why we are generally more conservative than Europeans (I personally blame the Puritans). I think it will be interesting to see what you think about our country. Lately I've become curious about social programs in Europe and Canada. There is an increasing trend here for poor people to have to choose which medications to take because they can't afford everything the doctor prescribes. Personally I think that's obscene.

    I for one agree that Bush is a doofus.

  6. Mohamed: list of definitions here my good man!

    Lazy Iguana: I look forward to it!

    Jen: there is plenty to look at here, thanks for stopping by.

  7. Looking forward to hearing you speak at our verbatim post-show today! (Incidentally, show's going well, and the stand up show [Heartbreaker] went amazingly last night.) x

  8. Dag nab it, I think Bush may be caving in a little.

    The minimum wage controversy isn't so simple. Yes, everyone deserves to make a living wage. But the problem is that wages drive pricing. And I guarantee that corporations aren't going to be cutting back on their profits just to raise the little guy's wages.

    In Florida our minimum is now $6.15 and will continue to raise with the cost of living.

  9. I don't think the minimum wage will ever be what people need to survive. I think it is and always has been to any government's benefit to keep some people below the poverty line.

  10. And yet waitress minimum wage in the US is $2.13/hr. Restaurants can get away with this because of tips. Well, last time I waited tables I averaged about $3.50/hr. because business was bad at that particular establishment. I agree the min wage should go up. The US is corrupt and run by DUMBASSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. It's time for them to raise the amount...

    kids get paid more to baby sit.

    --RC of

  12. Shit, an incite to revolt hardly raises an eyebrow anymore.

    Hasta la victoria siempre and all that nonsense.

  13. Having nothing to do with your post, with which, of course, you understand that I disagree with almost everything in it, but I have been trying to access Mirror up to Nature all day, and it locks up my computer completely (something about a stack being full). I don't know if anyone else is having the experience, but I thought you should know.

  14. Leslie,
    That's an excellent point. Servers are living far below the standard, which is part of the reason why people are forced to take 2 or 3 jobs in order to survive. Even most teachers I know have a second job, and not jyst because they have the summers off - which are often used for workshops to keep their certification, btw. It is becoming more and more impossible to find a livable wage in this country, even with a college education.

  15. The orwellian name for scrapping minimum wage laws is "the right to work"


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