Heh. You think these prices are high? Just wait. You’ll see.
It’s easy for me; I stopped driving soon after I moved close to the Beltway. It wasn’t really by choice, though at least the government didn’t force me; it’s a safety measure more than anything. I figured that if I still had a license, some emergency would arise and I’d need to get behind the wheel for whatever reason, and after that it would only be a matter of a very brief amount of time before my Maine driving habits got me killed.
It’s time. The wage hasn’t gone up since 2009, and a dollar is worth a lot less today. $7.25 an hour in 2009 is $9.50 an hour adjusted for inflation, and add a quarter a year for a while just to stay even.
There’s people who couch their arguments in terms of a living wage. Some talk of morality, of exploitation, of fairness. There’s a big political movement out there supporting $15 and hour on these grounds; they’ve had some success in Seattle. (more…)