Raise wages for poor workers

To the editor:

It seems that there are always those who begrudge the poor working class a raise, then give any number of false reasons as to why it doesn’t deserve one.

The average worker has not been able to keep up with inflation since the mid-1970s and the beginning of Reaganomics. Since that time, the gap between the rich and poor has accelerated, with no end in sight.

Those in the top 1 percent own nearly everything, or soon will. Next, your drinking water will be privatized, and you’ll have to buy fresh air in tanks after the corporations finish polluting the air.

When workers make more money, they spend more money. That’s a fact. Restaurants have to hire more people, as do retail businesses. The added cost of wage increases is only a very small percentage. Usually pennies.

Chief executives at top companies make about 300 times more than the average American workers. Fast-food companies are making millions in profits while many of their employees can’t pay the rent and maybe have to rely on food stamps.

The richest country in the world should be ashamed of itself.

Workers deserve a living minimum wage of $15 an hour. Small businesses, not the giant corporations that are now getting billions in government subsidies, deserve help to be able to pay decent wages,

Yes, Virginia, there is a socialist alternative.

Justin Buck