Nussle Takes Day Off from Scapegoating Unions
Now we all know that during his congressional tenure, Jim hasn’t been a big supporter of labor unions, but in Jim’s defense, show me one Republican who has, and I’ll show you a congressman at the bottom of the East River wearing cement-filled Crocks.
Lately, Jim’s received a lot of flack for promising to raise the federal minimum wage from the stagnated $5.15 an hour, saying the raise is “long overdue.” And so what if Jim voted against raising the minimum wage every time it came up for a vote. And so what if Jim voted himself a pay raise every time it’s come up. What people tend to forget during these partisan politic wars is just how much purchasing power a $5.15 wage earner has in the good ol’ U.S.A.
Jimmy the Hustler’s Minimum Wage Purchasing Power Index:
(Note: The following is based on a single wage earner making $5.15/hour and their purchasing power after taxes (est. 28%))
Number of months it would take a single wage earner to surpass the threshold poverty line for the year 2005: 16.1 months
Amount Congress members pay has gone up since the last time they voted to increase the minimum wage: $31, 600
Number of years it would take a single wage earner to match pay raises Congress has voted for themselves since the last time they raised the minimum wage: 4.4 years
Number of months it would take for a single wage earner to match last year’s pay raise for congress members: 5.2 months
Number of months it would take a single wage earner to have his picture taken with George W. Bush at Jim Nussle fundraiser: 16.9 months
Minimum wage rate if workers’ wages had increased at the same rate of CEO pay since 1990: $23.03/hour
Number of yearly minimum-wage salaries Jim could have paid out with money he spent on his 2004 campaign: 228