I wish there was something in Snowden’s revelations about why Obama, the NSA, and all the president’s capitalist buddies were so intent on keeping the Minimum Wage so low.
Throughout the so-called developed and Western World, almost no place is as bad as the USA.
For example, political scientist Salvatore Babones, at the University of Sydney, in Australia, was asked “from your perspective, working in a country where the minimum wage is almost $15 an hour and for fast food workers it’s over $16 an hour, what’s your take on these demands by the fast food workers in the United States, which so far have not really been taken seriously by the media or policymakers?”
He responded: “I think it’s long past the time when Americans should wake up and see, you know, how far along the rest of the world has come. If a $15 minimum wage seems unrealistic, it’s only because we’re stuck in the 1950s or 1960s idea of how you should live as a worker in America.
“Ordinary workers, people who do, you know, grocery store checkout or fast food, simply do much better in the rest of the developed world than they do in the United State.”
Babones, a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., told the Real News Network.