Raise the Wage–$12 by 2020

I’ve been a busy little beaver…er…duck today. I guess it’s to make up for lack of activity for the past weeks. I go on petition signing binges sometimes, but there are some I just won’t sign. They pop back up again, after another petition, thinking that maybe I will have had momentary amnesia and sign it anyway.

This is one of the ones that really ticks me off. $12 an hour for the minimum wage by 2020? Really? $12 an hour isn’t living wage now, much less five years from now. And the people supporting this bill:

Senator Patty Murray
Representative Bobby Scott
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Sherrod Brown
Senator Mazie Hirono
Senator Patrick Leahy
Senator Brian Schatz
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Senator Dick Durbin
Senator Jack Reed
Washington State Democrats
Daily Kos

act like it’s a major coup d’etat. Please. Do us another favor.

The Daily Kos has reported the fact that the last raise in the minimum wage was on July 24, 2009. From $6.75 to $7.75. (Sat Apr 11, 2015 at 07:00 PM PDT, Top Comments: Join the Fight for $15 on April 15). They seem to have been advocating a raise of the minimum wage to $15 in many of their articles before this latest stance.

And if the minimum wage were to be raised to $15 an hour, what about the people making $15 an hour now for jobs that require skills above and beyond what a minimum wage job requires? Training, an AA degree or passing a test showing that you meet the Federally required qualified standards for working in a classroom with children? Isn’t there a difference between being an Educational Assistant and, sorry to put it this way, flipping burgers? Will there be a ripple-up effect of the minimum wage increasing, or will qualified people now be exploited? Not that I think people who work in the fast food industry shouldn’t be paid $15–there is no excuse that anyone who works shouldn’t be able to work one job and support their family. It’s criminal that single mothers with children have to work three jobs to try to get by. They need to be with their kids, too. Their kids are our future. I truly hope we don’t mess it up completely for them.

According to http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm

“As of 2015, the base salary for all rank-and-file members of the U.S. House and Senate is $174,000 per year, plus benefits. Salaries have not been increased since 2009.”

Leaders of the House and Senate get some perks:

Senate Leadership
Majority Party Leader – $193,400
Minority Party Leader – $193,400

House Leadership
Speaker of the House – $223,500
Majority Leader – $193,400
Minority Leader – $193,400

Well, that’s nice to know. Except for the ones who have income from other sources.

“How much do you think the wealthiest member of the 113th Congress is worth? Here’s a hint: It could be as much as half a billion – yes, we said billion, not million – dollars.

Here’s something else that might grab your attention: The median personal wealth of the freshman class of this particular congress was about $1 million more than what a typical American household earns, which is about $67,000.

That’s according to an analysis of the 113th Congress conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Responsive Politics.

“Apparently, on the whole, we don’t want people who look like us, financially speaking,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

So who are the wealthiest members of the 113th Congress? Here’s a look.”

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U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is one of the 10 wealthiest members of the 113 Congress. U.S. Congress

1.  Darrell Issa: $598 Million

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa has earned a reputation of being the Chief Antagonist to President Barack Obama. He’s also earned a lot of money in his lifetime. The California Republican is worth between $330 million and $598 million, according to his personal financial disclosure filings.

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U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is one of the wealthiest members of the 113th Congress. U.S. Congress

2.  Mark Warner: $419 Million

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, is worth between $96 million and $419 million, according to his personal financial disclosure filings.

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U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is one of the wealthiest members of the 113th Congress. U.S. Congress

3.  Jared Polis: $326 Million

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, is worth between $70 million and $326 million, according to his personal financial disclosure filings.

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U.S. Rep. John Delaney is one of the wealthiest members of the 113th Congress. U.S. Congress

4.  John Delaney: $244 Million

U.S. Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat from Maryland, is worth between, $65 million and $244 million, according to his personal financial disclosure filings.

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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is among the wealthiest members of the 113th Congress. U.S. Congress

5.  Vernon Buchanan: $236 Million

U.S. Rep. Vernon Buchanan, a Republican from Florida, is worth as much as $236 million, according to his personal financial disclosure filings.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Peters is among the wealthiest members of the 113th Congress. U.S. Congress

6.  Scott Peters: $197 Million

U.S. Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat from California, is worth between $28 million and $197 million, according to his personal financial disclosure filings.

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U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul is one of the wealthiest members of the 113th Congress. U.S. Congress

7.  Michael McCaul: $184 Million

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, is worth between $103 million and $184 million, according to his personal financial disclosure filings.

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U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi is among the wealthiest members of the 113th Congress. U.S. Congress

8.  Nancy Pelosi: $175 Million

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California and former speaker of the House of Representatives, is worth between $1 million and $175 million.

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U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is among the wealthiest members of the 113th Congress. U.S. Congress

9.  Jay Rockefeller: $139 Million

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia, is worth between $63 million and $139 million, according to his personal financial disclosure filings.

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is one of the wealthiest members of the 113th Congress. U.S. Congress

10.  Richard Blumenthal: $121 Million

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, is worth between $86 million and $121 million, according to his personal financial disclosure filings.

Yeah, I’d be smiling too.

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