Mulvaney and Stivers: Declaring National 3-D Printing Day Matters More than the Minimum Wage
As inflation continues to erode the value of the dollar, minimum wage workers across the United States are able to buy less and less with their meager pay. According to MIT’s Living Wage Calculator, someone working full-time in Indianapolis, Indiana needs to earn at least $9.94 an hour to be able to pay for minimal living standards for themselves if they are working on a year-round, full-time basis. Expenses are still higher if they have kids to feed. Yet the federal minimum wage is set at just $7.25 — and minimum wage is just what the McDonald’s on Graham Road in Indianapolis is offering. McDonald’s has long told its workers they should expect to work two full-time jobs to get by. Is that kind of exploitation reasonable in a world where the McDonald’s corporation raked in $1,310,000,000 in profit in the 3rd Quarter of 2015? Shouldn’t a person who works year-round, full-time be able to provide for themselves?
Here’s where we can cue in the conservative objection that minimum-wage workers are 16-year-old kids living at home who get fed and clothed by their parents. But according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of minimum-wage earners in the United States are above the age of 25.
Republican Representatives Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina and Steve Stivers of Ohio haven’t bothered to sign on to H.R. 2150, a bill to raise the minimum wage to livable levels. They’ve got better things to do with their precious time (surely valued at much more than a measly $7.25 per hour). What are Reps. Mulvaney and Stivers doing in Congress instead of raising wages for workers to livable levels? They’re throwing their support behind legislation to declare December 3, 2015 the “National Day of 3D Printing” — a day of celebration everyone beyond the Washington, DC beltway entirely ignored.