Extremely well said Mr Fox, however, your letter would be better with some additional examples, specifically on your comment "They freely violate the Constitution and any laws they disagree with." This is a broad comment and merits some support.
Thank you for the informative letter Mr Fisher. This is something we would probably never learn from the news media.
Irma Stewart I agree with most of the points that you have made. A little more research regarding the contribution to charity comparison is merited.
I believe that Romney has a lot more wealth than Obama so a direct dollar comparison may not be valid. A more meaningful number would be a comparison of the percentage of the incomes that each donated to charity.
Very well said Mr Pepi. I hope some will heed your words.
happywithnewbulbs, That is not the main message I am trying to present. My relatives' situation is a temporary one. Though they qualify for significantly additional aid, they opt not to take it. They feel that if they take the additional aid, it may remove some of that aid that someone else needs more. My message is to live within one's own means.
Several times I have heard the argument that one cannot live on minimum wage. Most that start on minimum wage do not stay there. Unfortunately, many that have merited increases above minimum wage find that they are back on minimum wage after it had been increased.
For those that do not have the talent to rise above minimum wage, there is a lot of supplemental help available. Many of the people that lack skills find themselves in danger of losing their job when the minimum wage is increased.
Increasing the minimum wage is not the answer.
Responding to Marty Holland. I am related to someone who's family not only survives on much less than minimum wage, they manage to thrive on it! They are a married couple, no children but 4 pets, that if both were earning minimum wage would be taking in close to $30,000 per year. The husband is unemployed and the wife is on disability. Her disability income, plus a little public help, amounts to about $20,000 per year.
This couple has never lived beyond their means. Both vehicles have a combined mileage of close to 400,000 miles! The autos are in excellent shape as they have always been well maintained. They do all their clothing shopping at Goodwill on their ½ price sale day. The food budget is stretched by watching sales, cutting coupons, and stocking up when prices are cheap. They do not eat out, go to movies, nor do they have cable television. The phone is on a VOIP service. The wife successfully quit smoking by going on Chantix ( this quickly paid for itself), and they continue to seek other means to trim their budget.
Though a small disaster may be a major setback, this couple will succeed. It is possible to survive on what may seem very little.
I disagree with moon4kat. Mr Yankauskas nor the Republican party are denying anyone anything. Most people that start on minimum wage do not stay there. As they become more skilled and more productive, most merit an increase in pay which is paid for with their improved productivity. True, there are some that do not possess the talent or skills to progress beyond minimum wage, there may be a need to provide them with some extra help (much of which is already available). Increasing the minimum wage is not the answer.