July 25, 2006


Caption: Toiling masses of the world, fear not! Seamus McGoogle continues his tireless efforts to raise the minimum wage.

It looks like Congressional Republicans are feeling the heat from the growing national movement to raise the minimum wage. Earlier this month, 28 House Republicans sent a letter to House Majority Leader John Boehner that states in part:

We write today to urge you to schedule a vote on legislation which would provide a substantial increase in the minimum wage before the House recesses for the August District Work Period.

As you know, it has been nearly ten years since the last increase in the minimum wage. At the current rate, a minimum wage employee who works 40-hours a week earns $10,700 per year. For a single parent with two children that amount is thousands of dollars below the federal poverty line. Nobody working full time should have to live in poverty. We believe it is time for Congress to take responsible action to raise the minimum wage and ensure our hard working constituents can provide for their families.

Sounds pretty good to El Cabrero. It makes more sense than going for a constitutional amendment to prevent same sex couples from taking away our guns and burning flags while attending marriage ceremonies sanctioned by activist judges.

For the full text of the letter, click here.



Anonymous said...

what are you talking about? i came here cause i'm from west virginia too and you really really confuse me...kind of boring.

tanstaafl said...

I guess if you are bored, you can always go somewhere else, the net is wide open.

The minimum wage should be about $7.25 per hour minimum right now. That's only $15,080 per year. If you are single and no dependents, that's about the poverty level where you can no longer get food stamps, free medical, etc.

If married, both spouses need to work. Then the family income would be about $30,000 per year, and they could have a couple of kids and still make it. Or maybe I should say, could make it.

I'm from West Virginia, too. And my thought is that this state could join a lot of others and exempt social security from state income tax.

Anonymous said...

Why be arbitrary and limit the minimum wage to $7.25? Why not $23.00, or $33.54? - You know, depending on dependents and all.