$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

Republicans and business owners do not want a $15.00 per hour minimum wage for people who do menial work. The comment that keeps resonating in my memories are those made by these folks who say the job simply isn’t worth that high of a wage and they are correct, it’s not. But the issue is not the question of if these jobs are worth that much pay just as these same politicians are or are not worth what they are being paid, by us. The question is being staged simply as value. Is the person flipping burgers worth paying $600.00 per week (15.00 x 40 hrs a week), probably not, but this issue isn’t about the employees value to the company, it is about your value as an employer to the employee. Simply put the workers are working there at your company everyday trying to make a living for themselves and their families. If I am working for you full-time but I am not bringing home enough income to house and feed my family this is where the wealthiest should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t care what job it is in America, that job must pay a minimum wage that brings people ‘up to’ the poverty line. I have worked the two full-time jobs routine where I was working seven days a week and many times up over a 100 hour per week. This wasn’t because I was that interjected with energy, it was because they paid right at the minimum wage of the time (about $2.30 per hour) and I was trying to find a way to keep our very old single wide trailer heated and food on the table. That and keeping two 15-20-year-old P.O.S. insured, tagged and gassed up. There would be less strain on the welfare system if there was an honest Federal  minimum wage. The term, the working poor when it is in regards to people working full-time jobs should never be included in the ranks of people who are below the federal poverty line. There, whatever that number is, that number should be the Minimum wage mark! Please think about this for a moment, let’s do a little basic math. Today’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, x a 40 hour per week job equals $290.00 per week before taxes which varies depending on a persons claimed exemptions yet even being skimpy on the taxes taken would be at least $50.00 per week and in most cases more than that. This would leave $240.00 per week coming to the workers on pay-day. That is $960.00 per month, folks that is $12,480.00 per year (52 weeks). 30 years ago a person could survive on that income but not now, housing, cars, food, gas, insurance, clothing, and food are way more expensive now than they were 30 years ago. To me this issue is really about Americas morals, do we as a nation have any? During my 60 years on this planet not one Republican Administration has ever given a national wage increase, not one. Republicans like to (in theory) take the moral high ground, they pretend to be Christian based but this claim is total hog-wash when they are backing the same companies and executives who are literally starving their employees and their families and still complaining that the wages are too high. How many of these executives are driving around in 20+ year-old cars or having to walk to work because they can’t afford even that? How many of their workers are on food stamps? How many of these executives are on food stamps? Folks, please do not call your self a follower of Jesus Christ when you do not give a darn about your neighbors or your co-workers and their families for I am quite sure that at your judgement before Jesus and His Angels He will literally tell you to go straight to Hell.

Out-liars: And The ‘Savage Theory Of Equality’

Out-liars: And The ‘Savage Theory Of Equality’

 

This post is basically a question to you, my effort to get you to think about this subject yourself, so that you will ask yourself exactly what your opinion is, this post is my opinion. I didn’t learn of the word out-liars until college, maybe I was conflicting it with the term out right liars, are they actually the same thing? No, I don’t think so, but could it be lodged in with the fact or fallacy of what ‘the truth’ is. Is it a fact that if people can honestly say that one percent of what they are saying is true, then they have spoken the truth? As we all know our politicians are well schooled in never really answering any question.

 

For those who are not familiar with the term as I wasn’t, here is my definition through and example that I will be able to get back to later. Today in our world we know that everything is analyzed for data including all of the Federal Governments stats that they use to tell us how our lives and the lives of other Americans is going. This is true whether it is about what the average income is to the average home cost to the average cost of gas and toilet paper. The problem with all of these stats are skewed because of the use of out-lairs.

 

If you own/run a company that has 1,000 employees you are entitled to a nice office and a real nice wage, but how well are the 1,000 households of the employees under you doing? That is a broad question because there are different levels of skills in the office and in the factory that are required to do their jobs so they should be paid different from the non-skilled jobs. But, how about those employees doing their jobs every day for the bottom end of your pay scale? Are they making a livable wage? Do you, do we, give a damn? $10.00 per hour/or less, that the bottom 80% make if calculated in with company Presidents and CEO’s total earnings packages, this tends to skew the average workers wages. If we don’t calculate in the short and long-term laid off and the “day workers” that makes the averages look better but if you do count in that other bottom ten percent of the population the ‘averages’ get skewed the other direction. Out-liars are what helps create the adage that “you can make figures say anything you want them to”.

 

Here is a theory that I think could/should be used, you could call it the “Savage Theory of Equality”. I as a lifelong working class, now broken-down person have never related to what the media and D.C. have always told us are “the averages”. Think about it for a moment, what are the average wages in America, how about price of cars, of homes, what is the real unemployed rate? (Part-time work should not be counted as being employed) About ten years ago I was living in eastern Tennessee and the City had its own radio station where a couple of different times I heard them say that the average wage in the area was seventeen dollars and about fifty cents per hour. My wife and I checked around a little bit with our friends and neighbors to come up with the conclusion that we didn’t know anyone personally there in our community that even made ten dollars per hour and they were just everyday working folks, just barely keeping their dignity month to month. (Dignity: working a full-time job, keeping a clean place to live, food, bills paid, transportation) If a person is working a full-time job that person should always be at the very least then financially able to have the aforementioned minimum level of dignity. If the figures we are given have the “out-liars” within them it is the people on the low-end that get squeezed the hardest and the ones at the very top that get ridiculous ‘bonus’ wages. Folks, we need to find adjustment spots on what we can call as being fair and on what basic dignity is.

 

Savage Theory of Equality: For a more true version of equal or average we should only use the middle eighty percent when looking for a more true average of what the middle is. The bottom ten percent should have their own category one through ten just as the top ten percent will have their bragging rights, one through ten. This theory in my opinion would give us all a more true center on just exactly what “the average American is”. In schools this theory would remove the exceptional students at both ends of the grading scale, just using the middle eighty percent to get a more true answer to what average truly is. Some may say that this would be a direct slam on the poorest of the poor especially on poor minorities but I look at this event in a different light. Yes it would point a light straight at certain parts of each city and county but that is what most of these people want. Dollars are limited so they need to go to the places most in need. Need for housing, food, clothing, education, job training and quality day care as well as quality full-time jobs in these ‘yes targeted’ areas of our populations are what is needed, it is where more targeted dollars need to go. If a household finds out that this past year they were in the bottom ten percent of income earners in your town a person would hopefully strive the best they can to come up out of this ten percent grouping the next year. The reality is that more aid such as training, jobs, and transportation are huge issues in this income bracket. What do you think Mr. Donald Trump?

 

For a moment think about the cost of housing. If the government stats say that in your city, lets us Lexington Kentucky as an example, where the average price of a home is a little over $250,000 and average rent for an apartment is a little over $1,200 per month, how does a person making anywhere near the minimum wage on their full-time job afford any place to live? What I am saying should be mandatory of all government agencies, this example in housing cost, is to remove the ‘out-liars’. The top 10% and the bottom 10% of people still matter but they should have their own separate categories. In the case of Lexington Kentucky, if the housing cost stats only used the middle 80% when looking for the ‘average’ cost of housing this would mean the stats would clip off houses that are only valued at 30, 40 or 50 thousand dollars. Also, it would clip out that houses that are at the top end of the scale, the ones that are 1,2,3,5 or 10 million dollar homes. I believe that both 10% clubs should have their own grid but it should not be counted as part of the ‘average’ home price simply because they have nothing in common with the real ‘center point’. Okay, that’s my gripe for the evening, now, what is your opinion on this? Do you believe that I am way off base here?

 

 

 

 

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

 

Republicans and business owners do not want a $15.00 per hour minimum wage for people who do menial work. The comment that keeps resonating in my memories are those made by these folks who say the job simply isn’t worth that high of a wage and they are correct, it’s not. But the issue is not the question of if these same politicians are worth what they are being paid, by us. The question is being staged simply as value. Is the person flipping burgers worth paying $600.00 per week (15.00 x 40 hrs a week), probably not, but this issue isn’t about the employees value to the company, it is about your value as an employer to the employee. Simply put the workers are working there at your company everyday trying to make a living for themselves and their families. If I am working for you full-time yet I am not bringing home enough income to house and feed my family this is where the wealthiest should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t care what job it is in America, that job must pay a minimum wage that brings people ‘up to’ the poverty line. I have worked the two full-time jobs routine where I was working seven days a week and many times up over the 100 hour per week mark. This wasn’t because I was that interjected with energy, it was because they paid right at the minimum wage of the time (about $2.30 per hour) and I was trying to find a way to keep our very old single wide trailer heated and food on the table. That and keeping two (15-20) year old P.O.S. insured, tagged and gassed up. There would be less strain on the welfare system if there was an honest Federal  minimum wage. The term, the working poor when it is in regards to people working full-time jobs should never be included in the ranks of people who are below the federal poverty line. There, whatever that number is, that number should be the Minimum wage mark!

$15 Minimum Wage Is Not The Real Issue: $3 Per Hour Could Be Okay If…

 

This article today is going to be about humanity, and the political situation here in the U.S., yet this same discussion is true within all Nations on Earth. As the World economic picture becomes more and more automated and global, this situation becomes more true of every Nation. Last month when the U.S. held their Presidential election I voted for a “3rd Party” Candidate, not for Ms. Hillary or for Mr. Trump. This article is simply my opinions and beliefs and I am well aware that many of you folks reading this article will not agree with parts of, or maybe even with any of what I am going to say in it.  I know, as you do, that there is no such thing as pleasing any of the people all of the time so quite honestly, I don’t even bother trying to. I have one goal in my articles and that is in saying what I believe to be %100 truthful with my readers. The reason that I could not vote for Ms. Hillery is because she has proven herself over and over again to be an habitual liar. The reason I could not vote for Mr. Trump is because he is a total egomaniac and quite frankly, I don’t trust either of them to be honest with the people of this Country, at all. I believe that both are very dangerous to not only this Country, but to every Country on Earth. Also being that I am a fundamentalists believer of the Christian faith, I do believe what the Scriptures say about Demons possessing humans who do not have the Holy Spirit residing within them. Quite simply I do not believe that either of those two folks “Temples” are occupied by the Spirit of God.

 

I had the same issue as millions of other people last month when it came down to whom to vote for. I knew that one of the “big two” would win the election and that both of them were saying some good things about what they wanted to do to/for the Country and yet worried about what each would do to the Country. I believe that with Ms. Hillary that the minimum wage would go up and that with Mr. Trump having a Republican Congress and Senate, that the minimum wage may actually go down. There are many other issues that are worthy of discussion but today, this article is going to be about the $15.00 per hour minimum wage that Democrats have been pushing for the past year or so. Now remember (for those of you who know me) that I am a registered Independent and I do vote that way, I am closer to neither party.

 

Now let’s begin with my form of  “logic”. Do I believe that the minimum wage should be $15.00 per hour, or more? My answer to this question is basically, no, but it depends on a few other factors. Do I believe that flipping burgers for a living is worth a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, my answer is no, but then neither are thousands of other jobs here in this Country. If a your wage is $8.00 per hour, $15.00 per hour or $100.00 per hour yet it will only buy the same amount of things that you are able to buy with your current income right now, what does it matter what that minimum wage is? If your Country’s economy goes to ‘hell’ like it has in Countries like Zimbabwe and the inflation rate is in the thousands of percent per month, your currency is worthless. What my two parents could afford in 1965 with both of them working minimum wage factory jobs, I could not afford working two minimum wage jobs, one in a factory and the other an unarmed Security job in 1975. By 1981 when I moved to North Texas I witnessed many places where people working minimum wage jobs had rented three bedroom apartments where each apartment had three couples working just so they could afford a roof over their heads. What I also noticed was that in most cases between the three couples they never had more than one vehicle that they were sharing but in most cases, all six people were having to walk to work because they could not afford transportation.

 

There used to be a television show called “The Jefferson’s”  where a man named William Sherman was the lead Actor as Mr. Jefferson. I believe that many of you folks know this program, it was a rather good comedy. In one of the programs Mr. Jefferson dreamed that he had died and came back 25 years later so he checked in on his wife to see how she was doing. In one part of the skit a small girl came into their apartment and asked her Grandpa if she could have $5.00 so that she could get an ice cream, Grandpa’s response was “what, only $5.00” and you could hear the studio audience laugh. At the time you could buy and ice cream off of one of those portable ice cream trucks for a dollar of less. The joke was about the inflation rate during those 25 years Mr. Jefferson was dead and gone. Today, many of those ice creams will cost a person $3-4.00, it is not so humorous any more.

 

Inflation is pushed Nation wide by local politicians. The reason I say this is simple, all politicians at all levels want two things from the people, your vote and more of your money. Basically all local, County, and State Governments can never manage the tax revenues they get well enough so they are always wanting increases so that they can meet their obligations. How do they do this? Homeowner’s know, people want equity in their homes, the way you get this equity is to make your payments which gives you a tiny bit that goes on your principal each year, but the biggest fastest way is when the local politicians raise the value of your home. The kicker is that you had to pay more taxes, but hey, your home is worth more, meaning that you are worth more. But are you really? As the home values goes up each year the rest of the Nation’s economic cost factors build on the housing “boom” and everything goes up, except the wages of the working class people. Think about this issue, I am 60 yrs old and not once in my lifetime has the Federal minimum wage gone up when there has been a Republican in the White House and with Mr. Trump this worker’s wage may well go down.

 

This suggestion will never happen, I have no doubt about the fact, but please consider the concept for a moment. If I am making $15,080 per year before all the taxes I have to pay out of that salary and I have to pay rent and usually some of the utilities, mainly the power bills this can very easily in most markets be at least $800.00 per month. The $15,080 figure is what a minimum wage worker can earn per year if they do not miss one single day of work all year-long for any reason. After taxes if you are lucky you may clear $13,000, housing $9,600. This leaves $3,400 for things like required insurances, food, clothing, medical care, furniture, transportation cost like payments, gas, repairs, insurance and the list goes on and on. Yet the average CEO here in the U.S. makes 791 times more than their employees make.

 

If you or I could buy a new car for  $2,500-3,000 like we could in 1965, if you could still buy an 8 Acre farm for $8,500 dollars like you could in 1965 or rent a 3 bedroom house for $50 per month like you could then and you could go to the grocery store and buy food to feed a family of 5 for $20 per week, a $3 per hour minimum wage would have looked good because it would have been a “livable wage”. By the way, in 1965 the minimum wage was $1.25 per hour. What I am saying is that it does not matter if the minimum wage is $7.25 or $15.00 per hour if that wage is not a “livable wage”. The issue is that here in the U.S. the problem is greed at the very top levels, the top 1/10 of 1%. In Congress and in the Senate you have all of these multi millionaires and now all these billionaires in the White House (also most of the Cabinet) telling the working class that they can’t afford to pay the people a livable wage. Folks, it is the working class who actually does all the work that makes these greedy A-holes their millions and billions. They sit in their mansions being chauffeured to their offices while having other people going to the grocery stores for them and cooking their meals and cleaning their houses and doing their laundry for them complaining about how much they are having to pay “these people” who are walking to work and living in a slum or a pay by the week motel room. If you are making a million dollars a week clear money but you can’t afford to live any better than you are today at $15,000 per year what does it matter what the minimum wage number is? If a person is working a 40 per week job that person must be compensated at a “livable” rate! I do have one idea, it is one of those ideas that will never happen because the folks who have all the money, ie all the power, will never ever agree to it. The average CEO makes 791 times the amount of their workers. Make it a federal law that no one in a company can be compensated more than 50 times what their bottom wage earner makes. Why isn’t 50 times more, more than fair? I am sure many “top end ” folks would choke on their lobster tails and Caviar at the mere thought of having to survive on such a pittance!

 

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

Republicans and business owners do not want a $15.00 per hour minimum wage for people who do menial work. The comment that keeps resonating in my memories are those made by these folks who say the job simply isn’t worth that high of a wage and they are correct, it’s not. But the issue is not the question of if these jobs are worth that much pay just as these same politicians are or are not worth what they are being paid, by us. The question is being staged simply as value. Is the person flipping burgers worth paying $600.00 per week (15.00 x 40 hrs a week), probably not, but this issue isn’t about the employees value to the company, it is about your value as an employer to the employee. Simply put the workers are working there at your company everyday trying to make a living for themselves and their families. If I am working for you full-time but I am not bringing home enough income to house and feed my family this is where the wealthiest should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t care what job it is in America, that job must pay a minimum wage that brings people ‘up to’ the poverty line. I have worked the two full-time jobs routine where I was working seven days a week and many times up over a 100 hour per week. This wasn’t because I was that interjected with energy, it was because they paid right at the minimum wage of the time (about $2.30 per hour) and I was trying to find a way to keep our very old single wide trailer heated and food on the table. That and keeping two 15-20-year-old P.O.S. insured, tagged and gassed up. There would be less strain on the welfare system if there was an honest Federal  minimum wage. The term, the working poor when it is in regards to people working full-time jobs should never be included in the ranks of people who are below the federal poverty line. There, whatever that number is, that number should be the Minimum wage mark! Please think about this for a moment, let’s do a little basic math. Today’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, x a 40 hour per week job equals $290.00 per week before taxes which varies depending on a persons claimed exemptions yet even being skimpy on the taxes taken would be at least $50.00 per week and in most cases more than that. This would leave $240.00 per week coming to the workers on pay-day. That is $960.00 per month, folks that is $12,480.00 per year (52 weeks). 30 years ago a person could survive on that income but not now, housing, cars, food, gas, insurance, clothing, and food are way more expensive now than they were 30 years ago. To me this issue is really about Americas morals, do we as a nation have any? During my 60 years on this planet not one Republican Administration has ever given a national wage increase, not one. Republicans like to (in theory) take the moral high ground, they pretend to be Christian based but this claim is total hog-wash when they are backing the same companies and executives who are literally starving their employees and their families and still complaining that the wages are too high. How many of these executives are driving around in 20+ year-old cars or having to walk to work because they can’t afford even that? How many of their workers are on food stamps? How many of these executives are on food stamps? Folks, please do not call your self a follower of Jesus Christ when you do not give a darn about your neighbors or your co-workers and their families for I am quite sure that at your judgement before Jesus and His Angels He will literally tell you to go straight to Hell.

Out-liars: And The ‘Savage Theory Of Equality’

Out-liars: And The ‘Savage Theory Of Equality’

 

This post is basically a question to you, my effort to get you to think about this subject yourself, so that you will ask yourself exactly what your opinion is, this post is my opinion. I didn’t learn of the word out-liars until college, maybe I was conflicting it with the term out right liars, are they actually the same thing? No, I don’t think so, but could it be lodged in with the fact or fallacy of what ‘the truth’ is. Is it a fact that if people can honestly say that one percent of what they are saying is true, then they have spoken the truth? As we all know our politicians are well schooled in never really answering any question.

 

For those who are not familiar with the term as I wasn’t, here is my definition through and example that I will be able to get back to later. Today in our world we know that everything is analyzed for data including all of the Federal Governments stats that they use to tell us how our lives and the lives of other Americans is going. This is true whether it is about what the average income is to the average home cost to the average cost of gas and toilet paper. The problem with all of these stats are skewed because of the use of out-lairs.

 

If you own/run a company that has 1,000 employees you are entitled to a nice office and a real nice wage, but how well are the 1,000 households of the employees under you doing? That is a broad question because there are different levels of skills in the office and in the factory that are required to do their jobs so they should be paid different from the non-skilled jobs. But, how about those employees doing their jobs every day for the bottom end of your pay scale? Are they making a livable wage? Do you, do we, give a damn? $10.00 per hour/or less, that the bottom 80% make if calculated in with company Presidents and CEO’s total earnings packages, this tends to skew the average workers wages. If we don’t calculate in the short and long-term laid off and the “day workers” that makes the averages look better but if you do count in that other bottom ten percent of the population the ‘averages’ get skewed the other direction. Out-liars are what helps create the adage that “you can make figures say anything you want them to”.

 

Here is a theory that I think could/should be used, you could call it the “Savage Theory of Equality”. I as a lifelong working class, now broken-down person have never related to what the media and D.C. have always told us are “the averages”. Think about it for a moment, what are the average wages in America, how about price of cars, of homes, what is the real unemployed rate? (Part-time work should not be counted as being employed) About ten years ago I was living in eastern Tennessee and the City had its own radio station where a couple of different times I heard them say that the average wage in the area was seventeen dollars and about fifty cents per hour. My wife and I checked around a little bit with our friends and neighbors to come up with the conclusion that we didn’t know anyone personally there in our community that even made ten dollars per hour and they were just everyday working folks, just barely keeping their dignity month to month. (Dignity: working a full-time job, keeping a clean place to live, food, bills paid, transportation) If a person is working a full-time job that person should always be at the very least then financially able to have the aforementioned minimum level of dignity. If the figures we are given have the “out-liars” within them it is the people on the low-end that get squeezed the hardest and the ones at the very top that get ridiculous ‘bonus’ wages. Folks, we need to find adjustment spots on what we can call as being fair and on what basic dignity is.

 

Savage Theory of Equality: For a more true version of equal or average we should only use the middle eighty percent when looking for a more true average of what the middle is. The bottom ten percent should have their own category one through ten just as the top ten percent will have their bragging rights, one through ten. This theory in my opinion would give us all a more true center on just exactly what “the average American is”. In schools this theory would remove the exceptional students at both ends of the grading scale, just using the middle eighty percent to get a more true answer to what average truly is. Some may say that this would be a direct slam on the poorest of the poor especially on poor minorities but I look at this event in a different light. Yes it would point a light straight at certain parts of each city and county but that is what most of these people want. Dollars are limited so they need to go to the places most in need. Need for housing, food, clothing, education, job training and quality day care as well as quality full-time jobs in these ‘yes targeted’ areas of our populations are what is needed, it is where more targeted dollars need to go. If a household finds out that this past year they were in the bottom ten percent of income earners in your town a person would hopefully strive the best they can to come up out of this ten percent grouping the next year. The reality is that more aid such as training, jobs, and transportation are huge issues in this income bracket. What do you think Mr. Donald Trump?

 

For a moment think about the cost of housing. If the government stats say that in your city, lets us Lexington Kentucky as an example, where the average price of a home is a little over $250,000 and average rent for an apartment is a little over $1,200 per month, how does a person making anywhere near the minimum wage on their full time job afford any place to live? What I am saying should be mandatory of all government agencies, this example in housing cost, is to remove the ‘out-liars’. The top 10% and the bottom 10% of people still matter but they should have their own separate categories. In the case of Lexington Kentucky, if the housing cost stats only used the middle 80% when looking for the ‘average’ cost of housing this would mean the stats would clip off houses that are only valued at 30, 40 or 50 thousand dollars. Also, it would clip out that houses that are at the top end of the scale, the ones that are 1,2,3,5 or 10 million dollar homes. I believe that both 10% clubs should have their own grid but it should not be counted as part of the ‘average’ home price simply because they have nothing in common with the real ‘center point’. Okay, that’s my gripe for the evening, now, what is your opinion on this? Do you believe that I am way off base here?

 

 

 

 

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

 

Republicans and business owners do not want a $15.00 per hour minimum wage for people who do menial work. The comment that keeps resonating in my memories are those made by these folks who say the job simply isn’t worth that high of a wage and they are correct, it’s not. But the issue is not the question of if these same politicians are worth what they are being paid, by us. The question is being staged simply as value. Is the person flipping burgers worth paying $600.00 per week (15.00 x 40 hrs a week), probably not, but this issue isn’t about the employees value to the company, it is about your value as an employer to the employee. Simply put the workers are working there at your company everyday trying to make a living for themselves and their families. If I am working for you full-time yet I am not bringing home enough income to house and feed my family this is where the wealthiest should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t care what job it is in America, that job must pay a minimum wage that brings people ‘up to’ the poverty line. I have worked the two full-time jobs routine where I was working seven days a week and many times up over the 100 hour per week mark. This wasn’t because I was that interjected with energy, it was because they paid right at the minimum wage of the time (about $2.30 per hour) and I was trying to find a way to keep our very old single wide trailer heated and food on the table. That and keeping two (15-20) year old P.O.S. insured, tagged and gassed up. There would be less strain on the welfare system if there was an honest Federal  minimum wage. The term, the working poor when it is in regards to people working full-time jobs should never be included in the ranks of people who are below the federal poverty line. There, whatever that number is, that number should be the Minimum wage mark!