A Democratic bill to raise the federal minimum wage failed in the Senate last week. Comments from Twitter and Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:
Members of Congress should make minimum wage to see what it is like.
If the GOP wants people off welfare, people need a living wage. Raising the minimum wage gets people off welfare.
I wish Congress and the president would focus on bringing good jobs back instead of minimum wage fights.
To make more than minimum wage, make yourself more useful. It's not the government's job to raise your family.
The rejection is inexcusable and a clear picture of the GOP that cares not for the individual but its own agendas.
The GOP demonstrates a complete lack of concern for the common man. It is a puppet for big business.
Raising minimum wage is just going to raise the cost of living, which will put us in the exact same situation we're in now.
Let the free market set the lowest entry wage. We need to let workers get a foot on the wage ladder. They learn to work, then earn raises in a competitive world. But Democrats and unions want that first step set high. Dems think they will get more votes this way.
— Warren White
Working 50 hours a week at $10.10 an hour comes to about $2,000 gross per month. You might be able to get by on that, assuming you have no kids and have a spouse or roommate contributing toward rent. At $7.25, unless you factor in entitlements, forget about it. Ultimately, we as consumers will end up paying either directly through higher prices (as a result of higher wages), or indirectly through welfare. The alternative is just letting minimum wage workers starve in the street, which many seem to be OK with.
— Shawn Rana
Corporations can't even hide their contempt for the people. Not only do they deny people a living wage, they won't address the inequality between men's and women's pay! Corporate profits are at record highs, while working Americans are getting poorer.
— Craig Smith
How about we pay people based on merit instead of just giving poor workers more money because they want more. The Senate got it right this time.
— John Barrett
Letter to the editor:
The buzzword "economic inequality" is a condescending term. It implies that the poor are to be pitied and can't make it on their own. But the poor have a wisdom of their own and often more contentment than the wealthy. The term "economic inequality" also demonizes the rich. Many of them have been generous and have established the institutions that employ the poor and middle classes.
Americans are all in favor of "diversity" until it comes to economics, then they want everyone to be "middle class." America needs all three classes: the poor, the middle class, the wealthy. Each has something unique to offer, and all have the opportunity to move up the economic ladder without having to be "helped" by well-meaning Robin Hoods.
Daniel Schantz; Moberly, Mo.