According to 2012 Bureau of Labor statistics 3.6 million people made the federal minimum wage or below.
A whopping 4.7% of the workforce, if you want to look at it that way.
It's a political stunt. A "tug on the emotional heartstrings" designed to divert attention from the fact that a more robust economy solves our problems much more effectively. But hey, why spend your efforts trying to actually improve things when token gestures that appeal to emotion are so much easier.
2016: NONE OF THE ABOVE
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
The purpose of raising the federal min wage is to keep in line with inflation, not to make a living wage. I doubt inflation since 2009 is justified to the tune of $10.10 an hour though.
What liberals don't understand is that when you mandate a particular wage you set a minimum wage for people as well as hurt small businesses which actually drives the economy. You see big profits and that is a red flag for you when the reality is those large profits are from companies who don't pay minimum wages.
Last edited by Conservative; 05-02-14 at 09:09 AM.
To her Wall Street owners: Hillary Clinton: “But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. so, you need both a public and a private position.” - Hillary Clinton: "I'm kind of far removed from the struggles of the Middle Class"