Congress is looking at raising the minimum wage to $7.25 - the House has already passed the bill, the Senate looks at it next.
I read this Washington Post article, "Living Life at $7.25 an Hour," and all I can say is "Wow." It's been a long time since I've had a minimum wage job - and when I did, I was in college and still living with my parents. I can't imagine what it must be like and it makes me realize how wasteful I am and how good I actually have it.
One guy in this article has to support his parents (and himself) on $7.25 an hour. He had $70 every two weeks to pay for food and gas. I've spent $70 at Target without even thinking about it. (Well, I thought about it...but not for very long.)
You know, I understand if minimum wage goes up, some expenses are going to increase as well and it may cause businesses to lose profits. But, expenses have already increased and people aren't making more money to counter that effect. When I think about how wide that gap is between the very rich and the very poor, it makes me sick. Oprah Winfrey has so much money, she's building schools in Africa; Joe Schmoe down the street is choosing between eating and putting gas in his car.
Some of the business owners in the article are saying "Well, I don't want to make less money."
That's understandable...I don't want to make less money either. However, when people are making so little money, they only have $30 a month payments to pay off $8,000 medical bills, that's crap.