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Yeah, when working full time doesn't even cover expenses for over half of the population - working informally for cash in your 'spare time', evenings and weekends, if you have them, becomes a lifeline. $15/hr minimum wages will help those on the lowest rungs - where and when it becomes available. And it will help the overall economy by creating greater demand. But few 'salaried' employees can now expect to be able to pay for non-covered medical, dental, optical, etc. expenses and you had better have two 'good' incomes in the family in order to buy a house and send your kids to even a local college, where they can attend and live at home. It ain't the '60s or even the '80s anymore.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 29th, 2015 at 04:50:06 PM EST
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