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#1    questionmark

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:03 PM

Washington Post said:

The Senate voted on Wednesday against going ahead on a bill that would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, another rejection for legislation that has been a major focus of the Democrats' 2014 midterm campaign.

The final vote count was 54 to 42, with Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who supports the legislation, taking the procedural step of voting against the bill so that he can reintroduce it at a later time.

In a news conference following the vote, top Democrats vowed to reintroduce the bill this year.

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Nice trick, to reintroduce the bill with some measure of success they need a majority. The Reps just gave the Dems the theme for the midterms....

Edited by questionmark, 30 April 2014 - 08:36 PM.

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:33 PM

dirty politics or not, what would it accomplish? if min wage goes up so are prices, i do not get min wage, so my pay wont go up, but prices would go up for me. why would i want that????

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:47 PM

If inflation drops and min wage increases


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:58 PM

View Postaztek, on 30 April 2014 - 08:33 PM, said:

dirty politics or not, what would it accomplish? if min wage goes up so are prices, i do not get min wage, so my pay wont go up, but prices would go up for me. why would i want that????
Once upon a time, the minimum wage could support a person. Nowadays you need at least two minimum wage jobs to do that.
Incidentally, prices in Oz are roughly the same as those in America despite us having a minimum wage that is TWICE that of Americas.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:03 PM

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 30 April 2014 - 08:58 PM, said:

. Nowadays you need at least two minimum wage jobs to do that.

or 1 job that is not min wage.

many things are different in Oz. can't really use it as example for usa.

actually it may be even worst for you, since your min wage income may go over the min allowed for medicaid, and food stamps. so someone who was paid $ 7, but was getting medicaid, and food stamps, now would not be getting it, and would have to buy medical policy, or pay fine.
you do not really think those limits will change as well right away?

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:05 PM

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 30 April 2014 - 08:58 PM, said:

Once upon a time, the minimum wage could support a person. Nowadays you need at least two minimum wage jobs to do that.
Incidentally, prices in Oz are roughly the same as those in America despite us having a minimum wage that is TWICE that of Americas.

What? And you don't have 300% of inflation? YOU MUST BE CHEATING! :innocent:

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:31 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 30 April 2014 - 09:05 PM, said:

What? And you don't have 300% of inflation? YOU MUST BE CHEATING! :innocent:
the only thing running rampant in Oz is patent stupidity.


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 04:02 PM

View Postaztek, on 30 April 2014 - 09:03 PM, said:


actually it may be even worst for you, since your min wage income may go over the min allowed for medicaid, and food stamps. so someone who was paid $ 7, but was getting medicaid, and food stamps, now would not be getting it, and would have to buy medical policy, or pay fine.
you do not really think those limits will change as well right away?

I think that is the whole point.  People working full time shouldn't be on the government dole.  Unless you are happy with a country that pays full time workers welfare (as well as subsidizing companies that employ them), something has to change.


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 05:27 PM

Individual cities and states have the right to override it if they so desire. In a lot of rural areas the minimum wage is sufficient, but not in the larger cities.


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 05:51 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 30 April 2014 - 08:03 PM, said:



Nice trick, to reintroduce the bill with some measure of success they need a majority. The Reps just gave the Dems the theme for the midterms....


The dems made something they knew wouldn't pass because they wanted something for the midterms. It was their plan.

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 11:06 PM

View Postaztek, on 30 April 2014 - 09:03 PM, said:

or 1 job that is not min wage.

many things are different in Oz. can't really use it as example for usa.

actually it may be even worst for you, since your min wage income may go over the min allowed for medicaid, and food stamps. so someone who was paid $ 7, but was getting medicaid, and food stamps, now would not be getting it, and would have to buy medical policy, or pay fine.
you do not really think those limits will change as well right away?

You're absolutely right. Why expect private industry to pay a wage that everyone can live on without govt handouts - I mean, it's not like you live in a free-market capitalism now, is it?

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 11:36 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 30 April 2014 - 08:03 PM, said:

Nice trick, to reintroduce the bill with some measure of success they need a majority. The Reps just gave the Dems the theme for the midterms....
Don't be silly, the dems gave themselves the theme.
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Posted 02 May 2014 - 11:50 PM

View Postaztek, on 30 April 2014 - 09:03 PM, said:

or 1 job that is not min wage.

many things are different in Oz. can't really use it as example for usa.

actually it may be even worst for you, since your min wage income may go over the min allowed for medicaid, and food stamps. so someone who was paid $ 7, but was getting medicaid, and food stamps, now would not be getting it, and would have to buy medical policy, or pay fine.
you do not really think those limits will change as well right away?



Min wage here does go over that. I could not get any assistence on min. wage when the companyI worked for shut down. Min. wage here is a joke.

Not to mention, States do not have to abide by federal min.wage. Many States min. wage is lower.

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 11:58 PM

One of the things MLK was marching for in 1962 was a national minimum wage of $2.00 an hour.  Adjusting for inflation that equals $15.00 an hour today.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 12:27 AM

yup..   that's what i thought when it was first proposed..... the Dems knew the Pubs would block it.      

The pubs use the same trick, at times, .. but theirs is usually dressed like a tax cut.  lol   These clowns are getting predictable.

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