Modern slavery: People struggle to earn decent wages

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With all the news about raising the minimum wage and about poverty levels, etc., I would like the economists and the talking heads who spew out all of their logic about what should be done to try to compare the current living situations to the slavery that was abolished by the 13th Amendment.

Back then we had land barons who owned slaves, fed them and gave them shelter and in return the slaves worked their fields and whatever else they had to do to please their masters.

Today we have business owners paying minimum, or slightly over, wages to people who are trying to live a decent life and working possibly several jobs, and when they are working more than one job, that takes them away from caring for their family because there are only so many hours in a day.

So to sum this up, I feel that slavery is not abolished; it has just moved from the minority to all races in the United States. Politicians in our government should stop being self-serving and think about all the citizens of America.

MIKE PHILLIP
Munhall

 


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