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Minimum Wage


Dear Rick,

On Wednesday, June 21, our Republican majority Senate once again rejected a Democratic plan to boost the minimum wage for the first time in a decade; since the Clinton presidency. It would have raised the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25; hardly a bonanza. The Democrats pointed out that the minimum wage has not been adjusted in nine years to compensate for inflation nor the rising costs for energy, housing and soaring gasoline prices. A worker earning the present minimum wage earns only $10,700 a year, almost $6000 below the poverty line for a family of three. The Republican Senate had rejected 11 past attempts to raise the minimum wage since 1998, a gift to their corporate contributors who strive to pay lower and lower wages in order to reap higher and higher profits. What goes around comes around and those considerations to big business by our Republican Congress have and will be well compensated with contributions to the party. This rejection reflects similar gratuities to that "Base" by attempting to give amnesty (or by whatever term they use as a subterfuge) to the even lower wage earning illegal Aliens. The mantra of this administration, "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer" has been proven to be the case to an outrageous degree such as in no time in our history.

At the same time, the Republican dominated House rejected an effort to block the $3000 annual increase in the base salary for a member of our illustrious "no-oversight" congress, raising it to $168,000 per year. That is a $31,600 increase in the last decade, while all minimum wage increases have been rejected. Individual states have even been taking it upon themselves and on their own to increase the minimum wage, noting the inequity between the self-serving Congress and the public they had been entrusted to serve.

It should be further noted that the CEO of a Bush Bolstered Benefactor will earn, or rather be paid, on average, $11 million a year. At $42,000 per day, that is more than their average worker will earn in a year. On top of that will be added the Bush Tax Cuts geared to primarily benefit them and further insure their continued support. It's called an investment.

Shame on this administration . . . and shame on the average American who allows the dissolution of the middle class by this administration.

NICHOLAS ZIZELIS
July 05, 2006

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