Those Lucky Congressmen
Well, another year, another oh so quiet cost-of-living increase in congressional pay. I mean, this is slicker than whale snot, Congress gets a raise every year and they don’t even have to vote on it! Show of hands, how many readers get an automatic cost-of-living raise each and every year? I’ve never held a job like that, and I’ve never known anyone who has. Though on a more optimistic note, some Congressmen voted against the pay raise. Even then, you know what, until I see a Congressman refuse the raise or turn it over to charity, I’m not too goddamn impressed.
And in a similar vein, the minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 1997 and is at it’s lowest level in real terms since 1955. This is known as “screw the poor” politics. In America it’s just known as politics.
Two myths about the minimum wage. The first is that raising it will cost jobs. Um, excuse me, businesses already hire as few employees as they possibly can. D’oh. Raising the minimum wage would impact profits. Yes, deposits to offshore accounts in the Caribbean would slow down ever so slightly. OMG we can’t have that!
The other one of course is the old canard “we have to let the free market determine wages.” Great idea, when we have a free market I will be the first one to call for abolishing the minimum wage. Right now we have a market where corporations and government interfere every step of the way to benefit…corporations. When that unholy alliance comes to its end, I will gladly talk about ending the minimum wage. Until that day, the working poor need all the help they can get.
The ridiculous thing is that everyone gets screwed when the working poor get screwed. Henry Ford and numerous other people realised that when poor people get well paid..they run out and spend their money! Business thrives! Everyone get’s richer! If only rich people get richer, the money just accumulates in banks or whatever. I’ve always wondered, what are the rich people in America going to do when the very last dollar in the country is deposited in an offshore account in the Caribbean?