We get a lot of feedback from our readers on the discussions we are having about major issues facing President Obama and a divided U.S. Congress.
Sometimes it’s hard to distill complex issues into simple “straight talk” and what it means to everyday women as well as average Americans who put food on the table, fill their cars with gasoline, and live real lives.
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Take the rhetoric on the minimum wage last week, when President Obama unveiled his latest proposal. He said:
“The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party.They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together, and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.
We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, 19 states have chosen to bump theirs even higher.
Read more at Official Wire. By Judy B. Lloyd.