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Letter: Millionaire senators like the system the way it is

May 16, 2018

The political cartoon in the Post Bulletin recently with Democrats driving the nail into back of the taxpayer goes against the grain. Henry Ford had the sense to give his workers a $5 a day wage (and cut the nine-hour workday to eight hours) back in 1914 because he knew with that his workers would be able to buy one of his cars.

Remember when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a speech several years ago decrying the fact that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay any taxes? That’s having it both ways — don’t pay them well, then moan because they aren’t making enough to pay taxes.

As for taxes, our money man in Omaha, Warren Buffett, has said he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. So it seems our wealthiest are being taken care of. How about those on the lowest economic side? That five bucks a day Ford gave out back then is worth $15.47 an hour today. Why don’t we have a $15.47 minimum wage now?

Could it be that with a majority of senators in Washington being millionaires that they don’t want a higher minimum wage because this way it keeps the money at the top?

Michael Mc Tighe, St. Charles