Target: Republicans in Senate
Goal: Raise the minimum wage instead of giving senators a raise
The 41 Republicans that recently blocked a bill to raise the federal minimum wage are set to receive a $2,800 “cost of living” raise in January 2015. These stingy Republicans will not allow the poorest people to earn a bit more money but will instead give more taxpayer dollars to themselves.
As millions of Americans struggle to survive on minimum wage, our so-called public servants are taking more of our tax dollars and giving it to themselves. The average senator has a salary of around $175,000 a year and this is paid for by the people of the United States. Our greedy senators are already taking too much of our money and should not be allowed to take any more. This avarice has no place in our government. This “cost of living” raise is completely unnecessary and is a slap in the face to the American people by the very “public servants” who are supposed to be helping us.
On a minimum wage salary, it takes 386 hours or 48 days to earn $2,800. For senators to give themselves an extra $2,800 is unconscionable and basically amounts to stealing since the people have no say in the matter. Sign this petition and have your say. Do not let these Republicans take more of our tax dollars than they already have.
Dear Republicans in the Senate,
By blocking the minimum wage raise you are consigning more of the poorest people in America to continuous poverty. As if this was not enough, you have decided to give yourselves a $2,800 raise. And you wonder why the American people have no faith in their government?
You are supposed to be public servants whose job it is to serve the people. Instead of serving us, you are stealing more of our money. The average senator’s salary is around $175,000 a year. Do you really need this extra $2,800 for your so-called “cost of living’? The American people need this money more than any of you do. Please stop being so greedy.
Instead of taking more taxpayer dollars for yourselves, do your job and help the American people by raising the minimum wage and not giving yourselves a raise.
[Your Name Here]
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