The embarrassing minimum
What do the states of Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas, Indiana, and Kentucky have in common? Well — they’re all red states. But that isn’t what I’m referring to. All of these states have a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That’s right. In a world where indifferent landlords raise rental prices regularly, this is where the minimum wage sits for these states.
$7.25 per hour is also the FEDERAL minimum wage. However, many states have taken steps to raise their state minimum wages. None of the states listed above have chosen to partake, and most of the states that HAVE are blue states.
And this is yet another difference between democrats and republicans. So many clueless people say on social media, “there’s no difference between the parties.” I’ve just shown one colossal difference — one difference among thousands.
In today’s times, it is impossible to live on a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. And yet the people in these states have no choice. The federal minimum wage must be raised. Do you know who ELSE believes in raising the minimum wage? Ruben Gallego of Arizona.
Rep Gallego has thrown his hat in the ring for Arizona senator. There are many reasons to think he will win. I KNOW he can win — with a bit of help from his friends. $13.85 per hour.
That is the 2023 minimum wage for the state of Arizona. It’s not enough, of course. But with Gallego in office, we can get it even higher. Here is another question. Do you know who voted NO to raising the minimum wage?
Suppose you guessed, Kyrsten Sinema, congratulations. You are correct. But Sinema didn’t just vote against raising the minimum wage. Driven perhaps by her love for attention and drama, Sinema gave a big “up yours” to the hard-working people of this country.
She cast her vote with a smirk and a perky thumbs down, showing Arizona where her priorities are — and they are not with the American people.
Sinema does not want to raise the minimum wage. Gallego does. Sinema does the bare minimum in office. Gallego will work his ass off. Right now, the ” bare minimum” is what these workers from Idaho, Kansas, and Iowa earn. Recognize a trend here?
Sinema does the bare minimum; workers are paid the bare minimum. It’s a vicious cycle. The minimum wage is one of the most critical issues of our lifetimes. So let’s all promise to do everything we can to get Gallego elected. Because who represents the people MATTERS. It matters more than many could possibly know.