Thursday, July 27, 2006
I think I may have an answer
He went on: "How the hell long can they refuse to raise the minimum wage?" He was furious, he said, with the Republican leaders of Congress who keep blocking bills to raise the minimum wage, which has been stuck at $5.15 an hour for years. "I'm a conservative," he said, "but they make me sound like a damned liberal the way they act. They spend like fools, they run up the deficits and they refuse to give a raise to the working people who are struggling. How the hell are you supposed to live on $5.15 an hour these days?" end quote.
The U.S. Congress can refuse to raise the minimum wage because they feel absolutely no empathy or connection to the people trying to live on it. The Congress members have been bought by the businesses that pay the minimum wage, and so the Congress does businesses' bidding. The dollar is more important than the citizen.