Crystal Dupont knows what it’s like to try to live on the federal minimum wage.
Dupont has no health insurance, so she hasn’t seen a doctor in two years. She’s behind on her car payments and has taken out pawn shop and payday loans to cover other monthly expenses. She eats beans and oatmeal when her food budget gets low.
When she got her tax refund recently, she used the money to get ahead on her light bill.
“I try to live within my means, but sometimes you just can’t,” said Dupont, 25. The Houston resident works 30 to 40 hours a week taking customer service calls, earning between $7.25 and $8 an hour. That came to about $15,000 last year.
It’s a wage she’s lived on for a while now, but just barely.
About 3.6 million Americans were earning at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour in 2012, and those weren’t all high school students flipping burgers.
Of course, the Repugnantcans think that an increase in the minimum wage would just sap the work ethic of lazy workers. Since the last increase in the minimum wage was passed Congress-critters have received THREE pay increases!!! Why isn’t anyone concerned about sapping the work ethic of Congress-critters? By the way, a Congress-critter gets a pension for life EQUAL to their pay and healthcare at public expense for life (Only Congress-critters and CEOs get to set their own pay and benefits).
Another interesting fact, MOST Social Security recipients receive LESS than the minimum wage and yet President Obama thinks that they can get by WITHOUT a cost of living increase.