The United States of America is, if you listen to the propaganda, the ‘best place on the planet’. It’s become a location, though, that perfectly exemplifies the difference between the haves and the have-nots in our world.
If you want a perfect example of what the world has become, you need only look at the USA. It’s a nation of massive excess, but also crushing poverty. Travel for five minutes and you could drive from plush mansions in suburbia to sprawling, gunshot ridden schemes.
The US, though, is still seen as one of the most developed nations in the world.
Did you know, for example, that the federal minimum wage has not moved an iota for over a decade? That’s right. People are still being paid the same minimum wage they were in 2010.
A decade on, think of all the inflation, all the skulduggery, and all the austerity that has been pushed from the top of society. Yet the more depressing thing is that while the minimum wage has remained stagnant, a whopping twenty-one states still use this crushing figure.
The federal minimum wage, for reference, is just $7.25 per hour. That’s shockingly low and really impacts the lifestyle of those involved.
Indeed, only 29 states actually turn to using its own minimum wage. 21 states in total, then, are still bothering to use this horrifically low number for paying people.
Indeed, this is down since the 1968 peak of minimum wage when it was estimated that, rising for inflation, the minimum wage was $10.15. How, exactly, can we have seen so much progression in so many ways, yet such horrific regression when it comes to paying people today?
At the moment, it’s believed that our minimum wage today has 15% less buying power than it did when it was brought in a decade ago. However, in 2020 there has already been a push from other states to do more, not less, to help its people.
Indeed, places like the District of Columbia as well as places like New York have agreed to a larger minimum wage. New Year has agreed to incrementally boost minimum wage rates until it reaches an hourly rate of $15/hour.
Does that not sound a touch more humane than forced wage stagnation?
This is a policy that is largely supported by the people, if not the politicians. Previous studies and polls have shown a 50% plus number of people who advocate for an increase in the minimum wage.
Depending on how it would be phased in, though, we could see the largest-ever number of federal minimum wage increases taking place in the near future.
For now, though, over 20 states of the USA have agreed to keep paying people under half of what they could earn in a competitor state. That’s not good enough, is it?
Here’s hoping that, as time goes on, we can see more change coming. The time to fight back and stop accepting decade-old wage numbers has come.