Sunday, January 07, 2007


I just looked at this link for my Haley Barbour/minimum wage post below. Here's what it says:

Americans Back Minimum Wage Increase
January 8, 2007
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Adults in the United States overwhelmingly support one of the first proposals of their new Congress, according to a poll by Ipsos-Public Affairs released by the Associated Press. 80 per cent of respondents favour an increase in the minimum wage.

The last time the U.S. Congress raised the minimum wage was 1997, when the rate was increased to $5.15 U.S. an hour. There are currently 16 American states that pay minimum wages that are higher than the federal rate.

Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have suggested gradually increasing the minimum wage to $7.25 U.S. an hour over the course of the next two years. Senate majority leader Harry Reid discussed the situation, saying, "If it takes adding small business tax cuts to have a minimum wage increase, then we’ll do that."

Polling Data

Do you favour or oppose an increase in the minimum wage?



Not sure

Source: Ipsos-Public Affairs / Associated Press
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,004 American adults, conducted from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

It just makes sense

Those poll numbers are split more or less the way the wealth in the country is distributed--the far larger number of people who make and have less money favor a minimum wage increase while the far smaller number of people who make and have a whole lot of money oppose a minimum wage increase. Which just makes sense.

Could it be that Americans are finally beginning to see through the imperialistic, faux-patriotic, fake religious propaganda and speaking up for their interests as they exist in real time (as opposed to say, how their interests might be if they win the lottery or marry Paris Hilton or whatever)? I sure hope so...

No comments: