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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Why $15 an hour ($30,000 a year) was picked by Democrats



The call to raise the pay for burger flippers to $15 an hour -- or 10 times what the minimum wage was back in 1970 when I flipped burgers -- has drawn a curious incuriousity from the press. No one is asking how this so-called living wage was determined. Obviously people who make $7.50 an hour remain alive so how does the $15 work out to being alive or not. The number does not seem to be based on the necessities of life.

Instead, $15 an hour -- $30,000 a year based on working 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year -- appears to be based on the median wage in America, which was $28,851 last year. Let's look at the jobs where the median pay is less than $15 an hour. This includes bartenders, manicurists and pedicurists, textile workers, home health aides, janitors, shoe and leather workers, ambulance drivers, security guards, butchers, barbers, and substitute teachers. The whole list is here.

Only a community organizer would be dumb enough to say a burger flipper deserves more money than a substitute teacher.

6 comments:

  1. In Barack Obama's America, all workers will have above average (well, almost average) salaries.

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  2. "Instead, $15 an hour -- $30,000 a year based on working 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year..." We note that Obamacare has made "full-time" 30 hours a week, so the afore-mentioned burger flippers will work 29 hours and 29/x50x$15=$21,750. No overtime.

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  3. Only a community organizer would be dumb enough to say a burger flipper deserves more money than a substitute teacher.
    Given the state of our education system, you might not be right about that.

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    1. Only a community organizer... Or a rat bastard commie. Or a Dimocrat. But I repeat myself.

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