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Sunday, July 27, 2014

You are what you eat-sort of

Surprise! If you work for minimum wage you will probably have to do your own laundry. Little facts like that always seem to  trip up liberal politicians whenever they play the hunger games. In a sympathetic post, Trading power lunches for canned tuna in U.S. minimum wage bid, bordering on blatant propaganda Reuters writer Annika McGinnis chronicles the long suffering Rep. Jan Schakowsky's attempt to live on minimum wage. "On her minimum-wage budget, Schakowsky can’t afford to pick up her laundry from the cleaners. She’s concerned about the $14.50 she’ll spend on gasoline driving to her granddaughter’s birthday party and even the 49 cents to mail her grandson a postcard at summer camp."
It's easy to make the case that many of the programs that Schakowsky voted for make living on minimum wage more challenging such as increased food prices due to ethanol mandates and energy efficiency standards built into the price of appliances and automobiles but that would be well beyond the scope of this post.

Last week Schakowsky took her case to Twitter where she tweeted her low income diet.

This did not go unnoticed at Twitchy which put forth this
acerbic post, aptly entitled Live Jan Schakowsky’s wage for a week’: Elitism inspires snark-fest. Elitism? Could it be that people don't know the real Jan Schakowsky? I'm sure they dined on tuna and egg salad sandwiches here.

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