5 wrote:I think health care coverage is much more a problem than wages. People can get by on wages...not comfortably but get by. If they get sick, they're screwed. Period.
This I agree with. The cost of health care, and health care insurance, is ridiculous. Finding a way to provide affordable health care for anyone with a job (and all children) is something I'd love to see happen.
Earlier in the discussion I had written a whole post about this but it showed that I really am socialist and since that is a dirty word around here I deleted the post.
I'm not really in favour of a large increase in the min wage b/c it is too easy to find cheaper labour in other countries. But I am in favour of socialized medicine, increased subsidies for daycare, education and pretty much all social services. Make it easier for people at the lower end of the pay spectrum to survive. Of course this means bigger govt. Don't even get me started on where the money should come from to fund all of these services b/c nobody would like the answer.
One thing that I would like to address though is AA's point that Senators got pay increases. There's nothing wrong with that. In fact I'm of the opinion that politicians don't get paid enough. We don't want to be skimping on what we pay those with the most responsible positions in the country, do we? Qualified public officials can earn a lot more in private industry. We should not be giving these jobs out to the lowest bidder, there has to be some incentive if you are trying to attract the best and most qualified. Social conscience only goes so far.