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Democrats Won’t Leave Minimum Wage Alone No Wonder, The Unwashed and Republicans Too Lazy To Find The Facts

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The Democrats are calling the GOP the do nothing Congress refusing to raise the minimum wage (http://www.democrats.org/a/2006/09/the_do-nothing_6.php). Ranting and raving about lost buying power and that American families deserve better as though there are millions of families struggling to survive through the minimum wage. Obviously, the Republicans are too lazy or spineless to justify the reasoning or laying out the facts as they really are.

So I am here to lay out the facts for liberal idiots who think raising the minimum wage will benefit American families. If you want to see the numbers for yourself, go to the U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. These are the numbers for year 2005. In 2005 there were 75.6 million workers, out of that work force, 2, 373,000 were making at or below the minimum wage. Now we can start paring down the number. We can remove 1,494,000 because that represents workers ages 16 to 24 years old. I don’t think this demographic is supporting a family. This demographic are high school, college, and college graduates bridging their exit from academics to the work force. That leaves 879,000, 25 years old and up making the minimum wage. But wait, there’s more, we can shave some more off that number. In the age group of 60 years old and above, there are 88,000 making the minimum wage. Looks like seniors supplementing the outstanding government social security we have that government taxes after they taxed these same workers to contribute while they were working before retirement. OK, so that leaves 791,000 workers making minimum wage. We still aren’t done, we have to account for married couples (both spouses) making minimum wage. That leaves an age group of 25 to 54 years old that are more than likely supporting themselves and possibly a family. That number is 308,000. That’s it, this is the huge number the Democrats are in a tizzy about. Actually, it’s not if read the article at the above link. All they focus on is class envy and how heartless the Republicans are.

By listening to the Democrats, you’d think America was struggling and there were soup lines in every city. There is no reason to raise the minimum wage, nor should there be one. It is what it is. It’s a wage for entry-level jobs for young workers in either high school or college and an instrument for some seniors to supplement the meager social security that returns less than one percent.