Thursday, March 10, 2005

Help Me Understand How Democracy Works

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2005 at 8:47 AM

The Senate earlier this week rejected two proposals to raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at a $5.15 for eight years, and is now worth less in real terms than during all but two of the last 48 years (according to the Economic Policy Institute). Yet as EPI points out, a recent Pew Survey shows that only 6% of Americans oppose a minimum wage increase, and over 80% view it as either important or a top priority. Some might react to this by trashing the minimum wage as incipient communism, or by trashing EPI as a leftist conspiracy, but what I really want to know is how and why 6% are having their way on this issue. If this is functional (small r) republican government, I'd hate to see dysfunctional.

Comments (50)

Showing 1-50 of 50

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-50 of 50

Add a comment

Top Topics in
Pith in the Wind

Media (71)


Phillips (57)


Politics (51)


Education (26)


Law and Order (13)


40 Jealous Whores (10)


Crazy Crap (9)


Around Town (7)


Congress (4)


Cavendish (3)


All contents © 1995-2014 City Press LLC, 210 12th Ave. S., Ste. 100, Nashville, TN 37203. (615) 244-7989.
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of City Press LLC,
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.
Powered by Foundation