It’s time to wake up, people. Big business is taking advantage of the system, and we foot the bill. Congressmen keep the nation adrift in a sea of waste, and we do nothing to swim to the shore of reality. Companies that pay their employees less than $15 an hour in this economy are costing taxpayers around $153 billion to support those workers. It’s not the 70s anymore. And it’s not 2009, which is when the minimum wage was raised to $7.25 an hour.
The recession created 1.85 million more low paying jobs, and we subsidize the companies that refuse to increase their wage scale. The University of California Berkeley Labor Center discovered that bad news, but we all knew it. We know our economic system is way out of proportion.
Instead of facing the issue, and raising wages to a figure that could get these people off government subsidies, big companies are cutting benefits like insurance. Big companies don’t care how much we pay to keep these programs alive because all they look at is their bottom line.