Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not. ”
All of which makes $15 an hour sound too high. Hardly. Over the last half-century, American workers have achieved productivity gains that can easily support a $15-an-hour minimum wage. In fact, if the minimum wage had kept pace over time with the average growth in productivity, it would be about $17 an hour. The problem is that the benefits of that growth have flowed increasingly to profits, shareholders and executives, not workers. The result has been bigger returns to capital, higher executive pay — and widening income inequality. ”
Today’s NYTimes editorial, Redefining the Minimum Wage
Reality check: 15 an hour is still a poverty wage in some large cities.
Between 1998-2001, I made 25 an hour when I worked in San Francisco and still never managed to be able to move there, and that’s a middle class income by anyone’s imagination and certainly enough for a single girl with no kids.
15 is still a poverty income. Anyone who thinks that raising the minimum wage is giving people a free ride into the middle class, is lacking perspective. 8 wasn’t even poverty. It wasn’t a living wage at all.
Do not chase people. Be you and do your own thing and work hard. The right people who belong in your life will come to you, and stay. ”