Nebraska senator Lee Terry has a wee bit of a history of hypocrisy when it comes to wages:
During last fall’s government shutdown, however, Terry said that he would continue to collect his paycheck because he had to pay for a “nice house” and “a kid in college.” He later called those comments “shameful” and agreed to withhold his pay.
The congressman also joined the House GOP’s unanimous vote against a bill that would have hiked the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in March 2013.
Yup, he opposed a minimum wage hike. You can guess his political party. So when his Democrat challenger suggested cutting the wages of lawmakers, you can probably guess on what grounds Terry didn’t like the idea:
State Sen. Brad Ashford has pledged to return 10 percent of his pay if elected until an equal pay cut passes in Congress, according to Omaha TV station KMTV. Incumbent Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) rejected that proposal.
“What he’s not telling you is that Congress hasn’t had a cost of living increase since 2008, when I led the charge for a freeze,” Terry told KMTV.
You know who else hasn’t had a cost of living raise in a while? Minimum wage workers. And by “a while” I mean since 1968. Sure, they’ve gotten raises in that time (most recent was three fucking years ago), but none of them were cost of living raises:
On July 24, three years will have passed since the last increase in the federal minimum wage. It’s currently stuck at $7.25 an hour, or just over $15,000 a year for a full-time worker. My colleagues at the Center for Economic and Policy Research have made a number of comparisons to show just how low that is.
For example, if the minimum wage had kept up with inflation since 1968, its historical high point, it would now be over $10.50 per hour. And this is despite the fact that today’s low-wage workers are older and better educated than in the past. Had the minimum wage also risen in step with low-wage workers’ age and educational attainment since 1968, it would even higher in 2012, approaching $11 per hour.
So…all that concern about cost of living raises…does that get directed at anybody but Lee Terry?