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Friday, March 25, 2005


Does it seem somehow pathetic that progressive activists are cheering the Maryland legislature's increase of the minimum wage to $6.15 an hour? Congress is unlikely to make even that much of a move this year. $6.15 is nothing. It's not a living wage, it's not a sustainable wage, it's just sad.

It's said that Marylanders and Americans and the people of wealthy nations all over the world are willing to allow broad swathes of society to just barely get by, even if you ignore the wrenching poverty in the rest of the world, which we often do. I am appalled by our complacency, our willingness to tolerate hardworking people going hungry and doing without in the richest country in history.