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While Republicans Fuss About Yoga, the Minimum Wage Drops Another 4 Cents in April 2016

According to information just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. minimum wage fell by four cents an hour in the month of April 2016.

The federal minimum wage dropped by 4 cents an hour in April 2016

Now, to be sure, the Bureau of Labor Statistics won’t come out and state the truth in those terms, but that doesn’t make the statement any less true.  The U.S. minimum wage has stood apparently still at seven dollars and twenty-five cents an hour for years now — but you can’t eat money.  The actual amount of in food, clothing and shelter that the minimum wage will buy continues to go down as inflation erodes the value of a dollar.  This effect is measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  In March 2016, the cost of goods as measured by the CPI went up by four-tenths of a percent, compared to February 2016.  Seven dollars and twenty-five cents in March will only buy what seven dollars and twenty-one cents could buy in February.  How hard a minimum-wage employee works hasn’t changed.  How much value minimum-wage work creates for an employer hasn’t changed.  Only what the minimum-wage worker gets for all that work has changed — and that amount has gone down by four cents an hour.  Four cents an hour doesn’t sound like much, but this is a typical decline in the real, meaningful value of the minimum wage for any month.  When this kind of change happens again and again and again, month after month, year after year, the effect is really noticeable, especially for someone whose wage wasn’t big to begin with.

In Congress, the Republican majority is busying itself with legislative tasks like banning yoga. (No, really, you can find the bill here.)  Yet the same Congress hasn’t bothered during the year and a half it’s been in session to raise the minimum wage by any amount at all — not even to help keep the wage up in pace with the rate of inflation.  The Congress has other priorities other than helping America’s poorest workers stay out of poverty.  It’s got an exercise and stretching method to ban.

One thought on “While Republicans Fuss About Yoga, the Minimum Wage Drops Another 4 Cents in April 2016”

  1. ella says:

    I just thought that was a lead on title to this article. Seriously, that is about the stupidest, most anti exercise…drivel possible…just had to copy it for anyone to read so they could believe it without going to find it. But notice – it does NOT include the DOD.

    “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. Prohibition on use of funds for yoga classes or instruction.

    (a) In general.—No funds made available in fiscal year 2016 or any subsequent fiscal year may be used by an Executive agency for—

    (1) yoga classes or any other form of yoga instruction; or

    (2) entering into any contract providing for such classes or instruction.

    (b) Definition of Executive agency.—In this section, the term “Executive agency” has the meaning given such term in section 105 of title 5, United States Code, and includes the United States Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission, but does not include the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. “

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