Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Commend positive proposal regarding an increase in the U.S. minimum wage
President Barack Obama called for an increase in the nation’s minimum wage during Tuesday’s State of the Union address. He stated that “it is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth — a rising, thriving middle class.” The suggested rise in wage would be from $7.25 to $9.00, which is higher than the minimum wage of every state except Washington.
The President suggested that the increased minimum wage would “raise the incomes of millions of working families.” Workers who live on minimum wage currently make about $14,500 per year, which does not meet the cost of living in many states. Obama also proposed indexing the minimum wage to inflation, so that as the cost of living increases, so does the minimum wage.
President Obama’s proposal is a positive effort to address income inequality in the United States, and would help keep workers who possess a full-time job above the poverty line. Individuals who work an average full-time job should never have to fear poverty. They work to earn a living, and what they earn should provide them with a satisfactory living, no less.
Sign the petition below to applaud President Obama for his proposal, and to show support for the initiative.
Dear President Obama,
On Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, during the State of the Union Address, you proposed an increase in the nation’s minimum wage. I am writing to offer my support for this suggestion and to applaud you for taking the initiative to address income inequality in the United States.
An increase in the minimum wage would benefit numerous people, particularly if the minimum wage was indexed to inflation. No one should fear poverty in the United States, individuals who maintain full-time jobs and who work hard to earn a living least of all. If our most basic jobs cannot offer a degree of financial safety then we have failed. I greatly approve of the minimum wage increase and hope this proposal will soon be made a reality.
[Your Name Here]
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