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Is it true that if you were a Minimum wage worker, You’d be better off than you were 40 years ago?

by tom44 on May 1, 2014

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Question by In Defense of ?Marxism: Is it true that if you were a Minimum wage worker, You’d be better off than you were 40 years ago?
Evil Anti-Capitalistic quote from Dr. King

“It is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis … getting part-time income,” King told workers in Memphis, Tenn., days before his murder. King said, “We are tired of working our hands off and laboring every day and not even making a wage adequate with daily basic necessities of life.”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/07/24-13

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Answer by desotobrave
Minimum wage laws have a negative impact, and it is disproportionately harder on minorities.

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One thought on “Is it true that if you were a Minimum wage worker, You’d be better off than you were 40 years ago?

  1. Freedom4 says:

    Absolutely.

    Here are some statistics on those classified as poor in this country:

    The truth about poverty in the United States:

    (1) 66.6% of those on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs, did not work within the last year. It is not that jobs are not available, it is just that they will not do them (remember that is why the politicians will not close the border).

    (2) The average household considered poor in our country only worked 16 hours per week. That is not per person, that is per household. If this could be increased to 40 hours 75% of those in poverty would be above the poverty line.

    (3) Father absence is another major cause of child poverty. Nearly two-thirds of poor children reside in single-parent homes; each year, an additional 1.5 million children are born out of wedlock. If poor mothers married the fathers of their children, almost three-quarters would immediately be lifted out of poverty.

    (4) The poor in this country have a greater standard of living than 58% of the rest of the world.

    (5) Of all Americans defined as poor by the US census bureau, 89% had enough food to eat throughout the year, and only 2% had hunger bouts on a regular basis.

    (6) Out of this group only 1 in 400 children skip more than 1 meal a month because of lack of cash. (we should give the children two full meals a day through school programs, and let the parents fend for themselves).

    (7) Forty-six percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.

    (8) Seventy-six percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, 30 years ago, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

    (9) Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.

    (10) The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. In fact, all European countries except Luxembourg. The average poor person in the US has a home 30% larger than the average French Person. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

    (11) Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 30% percent own two or more cars.

    (12) 97% of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions, and 25% have what would be considered a big screen television.

    (13) 78% have a VCR or DVD player;

    (14) 62%percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

    (15) 7 out of 10 households classified as poor were able to meet all of their essential expenses (mortgage/rent, utility bills, and medical care).

    (16) 96% did not have any utilities cut off.

    (17) 99% have never been evicted.

    (18) Only 2% of those classified as poor have a “severe physical problem”, and only 9% have “moderate physical problems”(they get Social Security, not welfare, and everyone has seen the abuse in this segment)

    (19) 56% of poor have a Clothes Dryer, and 65% have a Clothes Washer.

    (20) 73% own microwave ovens, and a third have an automatic dishwasher.

    (21) 36% own a personal computer

    (22) Out of the eleven poorest cities in America, none of them had a republican mayor more than 39% of the time, and 8 out of the eleven have not had a republican mayor since 1965. Throughout the country, Republicans have only run cities with the worse poverty rates 8% of the time since 1965. (The Democrats are doing a great job aren’t they).

    (23) a third of poor households have both cellular and landline telephones.

    (24) one-quarter of all poor persons in the U.S. are now first-genera¬tion immigrants or the minor children of those immigrants. Roughly one in ten of the persons counted among the poor by the Census Bureau is either an illegal immigrant or the minor child of an illegal. As long as the present steady flow of poverty-prone persons from foreign countries continues, efforts to reduce the total number of poor in the U.S. will be far more difficult.

    (25) Government surveys provide little evidence of widespread undernutrition among poor children; in fact, they show that the average nutriment con¬sumption among the poor closely resembles that of the upper middle class. For example, children in families with incomes below the poverty level actu¬ally consume more meat than do children in fami¬lies with incomes at 350 percent of the poverty level or higher (roughly $ 72,000 for a family of four in today’s dollars).

    (26) The principal nutrition-related health problem among the poor, as with the general U.S. popula¬tion, stems from the overconsumption, not under¬consumption, of food. While overweight and obesity are prevalent problems throughout the U.S. population, they are found most frequently among

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