Any state whose minimum wage is parallel to the federal wage of $7.25 an hour is a state that does not give a damn about its people. And any country that neutralizes its worker class to satisfy the greed of the wealthy is a country that could not give a damn either.
Poverty is a system designed intentionally in this country and in many cases not a result of a lack of personal drive. In other words, “the Man,” is real. He is the man that refuses to raise the wages of hard working people simply because he has the power to say no.
Greed is rampant in the business world and companies are out to make as much money as possible at the expense of their workers. To maintain control of workers, all the man has to do is make sure worker’s “Paychecks are unchanged, while everyday expenses like housing, health care and gas have gone up.”
And this is exactly what he has done for the past 10 years. “It will be 10 years since the federal minimum wage was last raised in July 2009. This will be the longest period of time between federal minimum wage increases in the nation's history.”
Even as Congress people, politicians and CEOs continue to give themselves raises on an annual bases, and sometimes twice a year, they leave laws in place that stifle financial growth for average people; the people who do the actual work.
Making minimum wage at the government level of $7.25 an hour with no increases for ten years leaves people behind in the economy and makes it harder to catch up, especially if they have a family. Yet we constantly hear elitist folks complaining that the poor are just lazy or unmotivated or people yelling at others to get a job.
There are homeless people with jobs who simply cannot afford rent. There are people working two minimum wage jobs just to make ends meet, and there are millions of families struggling by living paycheck-to-paycheck.
When the federal minimum wage is raised, state and county agencies and businesses tend to raise their wages to stay competitive. But when states keep their minimum at the federal level, no state or local agencies or business have an incentive to raise their wages. Therefore the populous are repressed.