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.
THEY ARE ALREADY BEING TORTURED UNDER YOUR WATCH, YOU DOOFUS!