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Raise the minimum wage

July 25, 2012
Daily Press


What ever happened to the old adage "a fair days work for a fair days pay?" Now that we seem hell bent on doing away with unions and collective bargaining rights maybe it's time we start reminding folks that workers who were not paid fairly in Michigan's past found ways to fix the injustice.

If polls are showing that a vast majority of Americans think we should raise the minimum wage, why is it that politicians like Dan Benishek don't make a minimum wage increase a reality? Is it because corporations (they aren't people) lobby to keep wages stagnant for we the people? Inaction by a do nothing congress allows CEOs to grow their profit margins at the expense of the rest of us.

The federal minimum wage hasn't kept up with inflation. If it had, the 1968 minimum wage would now be $10.55. On the other hand CEO pay has risen 725 percent over the last 30 years with 80 percent of all real income growth going to the richest 1 percent of Americans. This is a crackpot, Tea Party reality that Benishek loves.

Our congressman should know better and do better by us. He should lead to raise the minimum wage for an economy that works for all.

A fair day's pay helps us all.

Keith Virlo




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