The minimum/living wage debate is interesting, as it brings into focus the reality of the "Two Americas." On one hand we have the ruling elites. These would be our elected officials and the wealthy -- individuals and corporations -- who keep them there. On the other hand we have the poor, working poor or the vanishing middle-class. This group struggles from paycheck to paycheck just to survive.
Workers in the fast-food industry are seeking a raise in the minimum wage. An individual making $8 an hour, working 40 hours a week, makes a whopping $16,640 a year. A minimum wage of $15 an hour would give a worker $31,200 a year. The poverty level for a family of four in the United States is $23,550. If we take out the various federal, state and local withholding taxes, that $31,200 becomes approximately $21,000.
In an effort to be fair, one source lists the average CEO salary at $163,837. A member of Congress "earns" $174,000; that's another issue. To say that these two groups are out of touch with the plight of working families would be an understatement. Other than election cycles and "Undercover Boss" appearances, neither has any real day-to-day contact with those struggling to get by on the crumbs they offer.
Raising the minimum wage will not end the United States as we know it. In fact, it might allow the "American Dream" to become a reality for those who are struggling to keep their heads above water. Jesus said, "You will always have the poor with you." Little did we know that the ruling elite would continue to create the poor, or keep them in their place.