Saturday, April 08, 2006

Minimum wage: no laughing matter, mostly

About the only reason I pay for HBO -Bill Maher. His New Rules knocked it out of the park last night.

Making the minimum wage both funny and horrifying is no easy feat:

"What keeps wages down? The fact that Congress hasn't raised the minimum wage since 1997. 1997 - when my dealer still had a beeper. Car deal...what'd I say?

Upping the minimum wage would affect wages. It has to. The word "wage" is right in it. Even George Bush could understand that. Maybe not. The point is, the elephant in the room is that noone can live on minimum wage and that we are making a whole swath of our society - tens of billions of people - live like animals. So that the luckier segment can live with indulgences their parents never dreamed of. Did you know that most upper middle class people nowadays never clean their own toilet, or do their own laundry, until they go to rehab.

Adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage is actually lower than it was in 1968."

See this, and his New Rules from last night, below.

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